Searching for a winter term internship on or off campus, a summer internship or job for after graduation? Check out these great opportunities posted in Handshake. There are many more, too. Deadlines are fast approaching!
This is an incredible opportunity for pre-medical students to shadow a world-renown Middlebury alum.
For 30 years, Dr. Rick Hodes ’75, has worked out of the basement of a crowded public hospital, treating patients with spinal deformities and heart disease, as well as a variety of other rare medical issues. The majority of these patients are impoverished children.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Hodes has forged strong partnerships to bring care to those in need. In 2006, he launched a spine program with Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei of Ghana and his FOCOS organization. The program has grown from 20 patients to over 400 new cases every year, and performs over 100 surgeries annually in Ethiopia, Ghana, and the United States. As the senior consultant at a Catholica medical mission, Dr. Hodes has worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, and Albania. He also works with the cardiac center at AIMS Amrita Hospital in Cochin, India to serve cardiac patients.
Dr. Hodes is a CNN Hero, holds 5 honorary doctorates, and was awarded Mastership by the American College of Physicians. To learn more about his inspiring work, you can watch one of the four documentary films about him, such as HBO’s “Making the Crooked Straight” or “Zemene,” or read Marilyn Berger’s book, “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.”
Students can learn more at https://rickhodes.org/ and https://www.ethiopianfamilyfund.org/medical-needs-dr-rick-hodes/.
Check out the trailer from the HBO documentary “Making the Crooked Straight“:
Dr. Hodes has hosted over a dozen Middlebury students over the past years, and the majority are now doctors! He is interested in welcoming a students for a month during Winter-Term.
Interested? Contact Pam Berenbaum and she will get you in contact with Dr. Hodes.
Each Winter Term, many Middlebury students participate in internships.
These internships are a valuable opportunity to earn academic credit while having high-level exposure to work tied to student’s academic and/or professional interests.
On Monday, September 24 at 4:30pm, the Center for Careers and Internships will host an information session for students interested in Winter Internships in Adirondack House.
The information session will cover the steps needed to secure a winter internship, as well as what students need to do to earn internship credit pr secure funding support from the CCI.
Please sign up in Handshake if you plan on attending.
If you have any questions email Cheryl Whitney Lower, Associate Director of Internships and Early Engagement.
Winter Term Independent Study: Evaluating Rural Development Models in the Dominican Republic
What role do international nongovernmental organizations play in promoting development? To what extent can they encourage environmental conservation and rural development, and make this model sustainable by creating a revenue stream rather than depending on grants? This experiential learning opportunity will entail 2 faculty and 3 students going to the Dominican Republic to evaluate an innovative development model used by Zorzal Cacao. This reserve-farm partnership links environmental conservation efforts to the development of sustainable and profitable organic Cacao cultivation. As such, it seeks to demonstrate how environmental conservation, local development, and profitability are not mutually exclusive, but in fact, can reinforce one another. Students will evaluate this innovative development model by conducting original fieldwork research, and could choose to engage in GIS mapping of existing farms to identify potential areas of development, survey farming partners to identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing partnerships, and research the factors that encourage or hinder potential new partners to participate in this model. Students will have a unique opportunity to engage in original fieldwork research and provide a professional program evaluation. Students must speak Spanish at either a proficient or fluent level.
Potential Projects that Students Might Select
- Evaluate current farm-reserve model – compare to surrounding farms
- Conservation – positive impact on thrush
- Fair/Direct trade – development
- Sustainability – ability of farm to support reserve
- Geocoding – GIS analysis or develop interactive map for farm/reserve
- Food focus – tree to bar, etc.
- November & December: students selected, and work with Professor Lewis and Professor Teets to develop projects. The owners will introduce the farm-reserve, and we will have other guests discuss different aspects of the project.
- Students will make travel plans (and enroll in IS if desired) by late November
- Dominican Republic: January 7th – 21st [Jan 7 (arrival day) to Jan 21st (return day)]
Application Process and Logistics
- This opportunity is paid for through a Middlebury College grant, so all costs other than incidentals will be covered for participants.
- If interested, students should email Professor Teets with a transcript, resume, and short essay explaining why you would like to participate, what sort of project most interests you, and how previous coursework, skills, or experiences have helped to prepare you to work on a research team in the DR.
- Applications are due by November 7, 2017.
- We will not have professional interpreters with us, so all students must be at least proficient in Spanish (fluency would be even better).
The Innovation Hub is now accepting applications for Middlebury Entrepreneurs 2018! Midd Entrepreneurs is a winter term course for students who want to start their own business or non—profit organization. Students will spend the month developing their ideas, building their business models, prototyping, interacting with a wide range of mentors, and preparing for the final event — when they pitch their ideas to a panel of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and local industry leaders. Winners of the pitch competition will get to represent Middlebury in the Launch VT Collegiate competition.**Note that you can apply to the class as a teammate or founding partner! By listing your skills and interests, we will help to assign you to a team that seems best fit.
The application can be found at go/entrepreneurs or using this link and is due October 27th, 2017.
Team Peru Internship for Credit with Prof. Orion Lewis- Calca Region, Peru
Agriculture extension in Peru is based off a western, top down, teacher-student model that does not consider traditional methods of knowledge transfer. The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) is currently partnering with the community of Sacclio in Peru and a small group of identified community leaders to create a localized agriculture extension program that is specifically designed for small scale farmers. A localized extension program will offer trainings and resources for small scale farmers to organize, maintain traditional and environmentally friendly farming practices, provide agency and voice, and create innovative avenues to access markets. Students will participate in intensive facilitations and conversations to build context and critical perspectives; visit farming communities with differing levels of access; meet with NGOs, government officials, and community leaders; and participate in farming activities, workshops and other hands-on experiences. For more information visit http://alianzaandina.org/january-term/.
For this year’s JTerm students will join the AASD as stakeholders in this process. Students can expect to:
- Participate in intensive facilitations and conversations with the AASD to build context and critical perspectives;
- Visit farming communities with differing levels of access and connectivity as well as ecological zones;
- Meet with NGOs, government officials and community leaders;
- Participate in farming activities, workshops and hands on experience to build context;
- Immerse themselves in readings, informational videos will be discussed as well as weekly reflections.
Deliverables for this practicum have not yet been decided on, but will most likely fit into the following framework:
- A situation analysis related to a particular theme (which can be negotiated with the AASD in country)
- The design of an initiative—probably a tweak to an existing project–that is firmly rooted in the situation analysis
- A product that would support the initiative (which can be negotiated with AASD in country)”
For more information, visit AASD’s new website: http://alianzaandina.org/
Dates: January 8-26, 2018
Expenses: Students are responsible for program fees and travel costs.
To apply: Meet with Prof. Orion Lewis (email@example.com) to discuss independent study options by October 30. If approved, you will be directed to apply to AASD.
If you have any questions about Team Peru, please contact Carolyn Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org/831-647-6417