Tag Archives: Government, Law and Policy

A Completed Handshake Profile Means Easy Access to Winter Term Internship Credit and Summer Internship Funding

Great short project for fall break!

Did you know that a completed Handshake profile makes applying for winter term internship credit, and summer internships MUCH easier? It is super easy to complete and also makes your profile more appealing to employers. A completed profile allows Handshake to share relevant opportunities to your feed based on your activity and interests.

Follow these steps to drive that Profile Level up to green!

  • Login at middlebury.joinhandshake.com/login.
  • Verify/update your MAJOR.
  • Fill out your WORK EXPERIENCE.
  • Add at least 1 INDUSTRY.
  • Add at least 1 JOB FUNCTION.
  • Have your RESUME approved at CCI!
Our amazing Peer Career Advisors are here to help!

Our Peer Career Advisors are available to approve your resumes and help with Handshake questions at the following times:

  • Monday-Friday in the CCI – 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Mondays in the CCI – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays in Davis Library – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays in the Anderson Freeman Center – 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Life Beyond Middlebury Seminar Series

In partnership with the SGA, the CCI has developed a “Life Beyond Middlebury” series that aims to equip students with the tools needed to develop strong personal finance skills. Check out our upcoming events!

Loan Repayment
Tuesday, October 29 at 4:30 pm in Hillcrest 103

Which types of loans should I take out? How do I manage my loans after college? Financial experts are here to break down the loan process for you and any jargon you might be unfamiliar with. Join us to learn more about loans and become informed about making important student financial decisions!  RSVP here.

LinkedIn Photobooth
Tuesday, November 5 from 4:30-6:00 pm in ADK Library

Statistics show that LinkedIn members with a photo receive far more engagement: 21 times more profile views and 9 times more connection requests! If you want to stand out, come to CCI to get a professional-grade headshot taken – for free! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! RSVP here

Establishing Healthy Credit
Tuesday, November 12 at 4:30 in Axinn 229

What does it mean to ‘build credit’? Why is it important? The National Bank of Middlebury will speak to Middlebury students and answer these questions, and more. RSVP here

Design Your Midd Studio: Energy Engagement Mapping

TIME: 4:30-5:30 PM

Apply the innovation principles of design thinking to the wicked problem of designing your life at and after Middlebury during a series of Studios being offered through the Innovation Hub and Center for Careers and Internships.

Gain awareness of your own energy levels throughout the week and of your energy ups and downs to make choices about which activities to spend time doing. Learn how to organize your time to optimize energy so that you’re more in balance and you’re not staying “stuck”. Your facilitators, who were trained at the Stanford d.School, will bring to you exercises from the NYT best-selling book Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life. This studio will create the space necessary for you to reflect on your own agency and to map your own energy engagement while helping you see trends and make adjustments to navigate more smoothly during your 4 years at Middlebury or at any time in your life.

Snacks provided and looking forward to seeing you in CCI’s ADK House Library. Please RSVP HERE on Handshake.

J-term course “Health Policy in Action” with Prof. Jessica Holmes – apply by Oct. 20

Thanks to funding from the Gladstone award, Prof. Holmes can once again offer a J-Term academic internship course called “Health Policy in Action”.  This course will combine a four day/week internship at a Vermont health care organization with one session/week in the classroom, providing the opportunity to apply liberal arts learning to real-world experience in addressing critical issues facing Vermonters. Students will spend 30 hours a week on-site at various organizations in Middlebury, Burlington and Montpelier. Class time will be spent debriefing the internship experience, building skills relevant to health policy analysis and working on the research project. Grading will be based on participation, evaluation by internship sponsor, evidence of personal growth, and performance on the final project.  

IMPORTANT: Enrollment in the course is by approval only. Interested applicants must submit a resume to Professor Jessica Holmes (jholmes@middlebury.edu with subject line JTERM) and a short online application (LINK to app is here: https://forms.gle/KZR5UresBwgcyPse6) by Oct 20. Please review internship descriptions below to rank your preferences in the application.

Please note:

For Montpelier internships: The College has rented a shared house for students that is a walkable mile from downtown (the site of all internships). Students will have to cover most of their own food expenses during the week and will be expected to return to Middlebury College on weekends. There are some funds to defray gas expenses to/from Montpelier once a week and students with cars may be asked to offer rides to students without cars.

For Burlington internships: Students will stay on campus but there are some funds to defray travel expenses (gas and/or ACTR to Burlington). The College will cover hotel accommodations in Burlington during bad weather.

Below you will find more specific information about the internships available (For more info about each organization, check out their website). If you have questions, please reach out to Professor Jessica Holmes (jholmes@middlebury.edu).


Porter Medical Center (Middlebury VT)

Sponsor: Ron Hallman, VP of Development and Public Relations

Project will focus on developing strategies with specific tactics/partnerships/resources to address a number of community needs that emerged in Porter’s 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment report (i.e. lack of transportation, affordable housing, substance abuse, etc.). 

University of Vermont Health Network (Burlington, VT)

Sponsor: Eve Hoar, Network Director, Strategic & Business Planning

The UVM Health Network Strategic & Business Planning team welcomes two interns to do deeper exploration of topics in healthcare innovation and their application to healthcare delivery in the UVM Health Network service area. Students will work on a month-long project and have opportunities to attend meetings with network affiliate leaders at one or more locations around the Network.  Project topics will be determined as January approaches, but potential project topics include:

  • Gaming applications in healthcare
  • Patient access centers:  recommendations for UVM Health Network
  • Geri-psych care:  innovations for consideration
  • Aging in Place:  what are the implications for the care continuum and for the economics of population health
  • Workforce issues, including the recruitment of providers and nurses to Vermont:  new ideas that are working in other rural areas
  • Population health approaches for patients with cognitive decline

Bi-State Primary Care Association (Montpelier, VT)

Sponsor:  Helen Labun, Vt Director of Public Policy

Intern will work with the team to help publish a short podcast series that explains basic health care policy concepts and terms. The format for the podcast is a series of short interviews, segmented by themes, with show notes that include additional details and links to additional resources. The intern will help create the show notes, gathering background information ahead of interviews, participating in interviews, fact checking, generating ideas for future topics, and helping build distribution channels for the podcast. 

Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (Montpelier, VT)

Sponsor:  Jeff Tieman, President and CEO

Project will focus on working with the VAHHS team to identify health policy issues of relevance to Vermonters and find easily digestible ways to make them accessible to the public. The internship will involve interviews with health policy stakeholders, academic research, and the crafting of one-pagers for a general audience.

Green Mountain Care Board (Montpelier, VT)

Sponsor: Susan Barrett, Executive Director

Project will help identify strategies for rural hospitals to achieve sustainability in a climate of shrinking population, work force shortages, rising costs and federal and state payment reform. The intern will conduct research and interview key stakeholders to assemble successful strategies, tactics and resources deployed in other rural communities. Final project will be a written set of prioritized recommendations presented to the GMCB.

House Health Care Committee-Vermont state legislature (Montpelier, VT)

Sponsor:  Rep. Bill Lippert, Chair

Intern will serve as a research assistant for the House Health Care Committee, providing background and analysis for health policy bills as they arise during the legislative session. Intern will attend committee meetings, floor sessions, and conduct and present research as requested by committee members.

Senate Health and Welfare Committee-Vermont state legislature (Montpelier, VT)

Sponsor:  Senator Virginia Lyons, Chair

Intern will serve as a research assistant for the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, providing background and analysis for health policy bills as they arise in session. Intern will attend committee meetings, floor sessions, and conduct and present research as requested by committee members.

Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (Montpelier, VT)

Sponsor:  Catherine Fulton, Executive Director Intern will work the VPQHC team on their “Survey and Training for Independent Mental Health Providers” project- a project that developed through their Zero Suicide Work Group.  The intern would help survey mental health clinicians across the state to identify both clinicians who have previously been trained in suicide specific treatment protocols and those clinicians who have not been trained but are interested in receiving training. The survey would also include an assessment of potential barriers to engaging in training. The intern would then interpret the results for a presentation to the Zero Suicide Work Group. The analysis will help develop a list of clinicians with suicide-specific treatment training, which can be shared with appropriate referral sources in order to encourage smooth and appropriate transitions of care for patients experiencing suicidal thoughts. The results will also inform the next phase of the project to increase the accessibility of evidenced-based suicide specific training, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention or Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality.

National Security Agency Offers Training Sessions

Fall 2019 NSALive Schedule

Click on the link to register for a program.

Multi-Disciplined Language Analysis at NSA – Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4-5 p.m.
Put your foreign language skills to use at NSA. Experts will discuss career opportunities and requirements.

Intelligence Analysis at NSA – Thursday, Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m.
Ever wonder what an intelligence analyst does, or how you can become one at NSA? This session is for you.

Development Programs – Thursday, Oct. 24, 4-5 p.m.
NSA offers entry-level, paid, full-time positions combined with training and tours in different offices. Learn more.

Careers in Law and Government Panel with Alumni: Friday, October 11

You’re invited to join Professor Murray Dry and 5 panelists for the annual Symposium on careers in law and government. Bring your questions and get ready for a good conversation. Read on for more background of our guests:

Friday, October 11 at 4 pm in Hillcrest 103

  • John Goodman – He is currently the CEO of Accenture Federal. Prior to joining Accenture, Goodman served for five years in the federal government as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Industrial Affairs & Installations), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Industrial Affairs), and a member of the staff of the National Economic Council, the White House office responsible for coordination of economic policy. He previously served on the Harvard Business School faculty. He received his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Middlebury College and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
  • Sherri Gooodman – She is an experienced leader and senior executive, lawyer and director in the fields of national security, energy, science, oceans and environment.  She is a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and CNA, and the Senior Strategist at the Center for Climate and Security.  Previously, she served as the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. A summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, she earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and a masters in public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Amherst College in 2018. 
  • Rob Kirsch – He is senior counsel at WilmerHale in Boston. Mr. Kirsch has defended clients in criminal, civil and administrative investigations, and enforcement proceedings. Recent experience includes representation of a Fortune 100 company in simultaneous criminal and administrative investigations, representation of a government contractor involved in investigations by the US Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency, negotiation of the first global environmental and contract-based settlement between the Departments of Defense and Justice and a contractor, and the successful defense of a federal contractor, with no penalty, in an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act.
  • Marie Horbar ’09– She graduated from Vermont Law School with a special fellowship through Middlebury and is interested in environmental law.
  • Claire Abbadi ’16 – She is currently in her second year of law school at Columbia. She studied Economics at Middlebury and worked at Bank of America after graduation.