Career Conversation: Public Interest Law, ACLU, Racial Justice Work and Applying to Law School

Come join Dennis D. Parker ’77, P’13 for a unique Career Conversation today, Monday, March 19 at 5:00 PM in Carr Hall lounge to discuss public interest law, ACLU, racial justice work and applying to law school.

Mr. Parker is the Director of the ACLU National Office’s Racial Justice Program (RJP). Concentrating on issues of  the school-to-prison pipeline which funnels children of color from the educational system into the criminal justice system, racial profiling, affirmative action, indigent representation and felon enfranchisement and predatory lending, the RJP seeks to remove barriers to equal opportunity for communities of color through litigation, public education, community organizing and legislation.

Prior to joining the ACLU, he was the Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the Office of  the New York State Attorney. Mr. Parker also worked for fourteen years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund litigating and supervising the litigation of scores of cases involving elementary and secondary education, affirmative action in higher education and equal educational opportunity. Other positions included work at the employment firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias and Engelhardt and the New York Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division in Brooklyn, New York. He has published a book and numerous chapters and articles on a range of civil rights issues including housing discrimination, educational equity, affirmative action and testing.

Mr. Parker lectures extensively on civil rights issues and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Law School.

Hot Internships for Summer 2012-Apply via MOJO

There are some awesome opportunities for Internships in the Common Good offered through Middlebury this summer.  Below are a few fast-approaching internship deadlines that come to mind as a sampling.  Go to go/MOJO to find out more:

  • ESS Wild Edibles – Local ecology and food sustainability internship – Deadline March 20
  • Community School – Community School Teacher in Idaho – Deadline March 23
  • Middlebury FoodWorks – The deadlines for all these have been extended to Friday March 23
  1. Ashbourne Farms – Vegtable Garden Intern (Two positions available)
  2. Avalon-Restaurant-Event Planning and Marketing Intern
  3. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest-Sustainable Community Garden Intern
  4. Creation Gardens-Farm to Restaurant Survey Intern
  5. Edible Louisville-Magazine Production Intern
  6. Enviro Eco Culture-Program Assistant Director
  7. Local Food Supporter or Glean Machine Coordinator
  8. Louisville Independent Business Alliance-LIBA Locavore
  9. Louisville Metro Government-Childhood Obesity and Local Food Access Internship
  10. Rainbow Blossom Farm to Store Coordinator Intern
  11. Seed Capital-Food and Hub Development Intern
  12. Sustainable Agriculture-Food and Ag Assistant Educator & Organizer
  13. The Root Cellar-Local Food Intern
  14. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens-Garden Intern

These are ones with deadlines over Spring Break:

  • Sierra Club – The Best Internship on Earth – Deadline March 27
  • Annies (as in macaroni and cheese) – PAID in Berkeley, CA – deadline March 28
  • New York City Mayor’s Office – City Government Internships – Offered by Alum Morgan Jones ’04 – Deadline March 30
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Communications Intern – opportunity by Midd Alum Bob Carolla ’78, NAMI Director –Deadline March 30
  • US Department of Education – Editor, research and publications assistant – opportunity provided by alum Jacquelyn Zimmerman ’71 from the French School – Deadline March 31
  • Roots of Health – Media and Development Intern – offered by Midd alum Stephanie Schmidt ’02 – Deadline March 31
  • INROADS – Paid summer internship – Deadline March 31

…and many, many more with news ones being added daily!

Want to Stay in VT this Summer? Intern as a Garden Manager @ Mt. Abe School

Summer Garden Manager

Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School

 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday: March 9th, 2012



Mt. Abe Middle and High schools in Bristol, VT are seeking a summer intern to fill the role of Summer Garden Manager. The role of the intern is to work in collaboration with a Master Gardener who has overseen the garden for 6 years as well as the food service Director who will be in charge of summer meal sites and summer processing of garden food for use in Fall school meals.

Mt. Abe is only a short 20 minute drive from Middlebury.

Apply on MOJO!

PAID Martha’s Vineyard summer 2012 internships – Housing provided

Two PAID Martha’s Vineyard Conservation Internships!  Housing Is Provided!

The Summer Conservation Intern will report directly to the Islands Land Steward, with frequent interaction with the Islands Program Manager, the Eastern Massachusetts Program Director, and native plant specialists. During the 12-week period, the intern will:

• Gain practical experience in land management and restoration

• Learn proper research and monitoring protocols for restoration projects

• Become knowledgeable of the plants and animals endemic to the Sandplains

• Be exposed to The Nature Conservancy’s mission, culture and values.


• Assist the Islands Land Steward in managing and restoring Sandplain grassland and shrub land ecosystems on Martha’s Vineyard

• Become knowledgeable in the local flora of the island’s ecosystems to assist in site inventory, restoration project monitoring, and effective management

• Facilitate the management of a native plant nursery by supervising volunteers, weeding, transplanting seedlings, operating irrigation systems, collecting seed from early-flowering, low stature, or rare species

• Assist in stewardship and preserve management activities such as boundary posting, legal monitoring, invasive species control, and equipment maintenance

• As needed, assist TNC partners such as shorebird monitors, the Oak Bluffs Shellfish Constable, and graduate students.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tracy Himmel Isham, thimmeli[at]

Visit go/mojo and search Keywords: “Conservation Interns” for more information.  April 6th application deadline.

Middlebury FoodWorks Internship Info Sessions

Middlebury FoodWorks: Louisville

Bring your Meal and Attend an Info Session to Learn More!

Wednesday, March 7th at 6:15pm in Ross B11

Thursday, March 8th at 12:30pm in LaForce 121

Thursday, March 8th at 7:30pm in The Orchard, Hillcrest


Louisville partner Rowan Claypool will be available at these sessions to truly describe the FoodWorks experience and answer your questions!

 Middlebury FoodWorks: Louisville is a nine-week competitive PAID internship program – with FREE housing – centered on the different aspects of a local food economy in Louisville, KY. This information session will provide an overview of the program and its benefits, the kind of internships available, and answer any questions you may have!

Positions available in: city government, microenterprise and development, health and nutrition, marketing and retail, publishing, event planning, with non-profits, AND, yes, on farms and in restaurants.

For more information, please visit go/mfw and visit MOJO to apply! Deadline to Apply: March 15!


For more information, contact Amy McGlashan at EIA, x5103.

Volunteer in June 2012 in Ghana for Community Water Solutions

Interested in volunteering in Africa?  Want to learn more about the global water crisis?   Looking for experience working in the field?

The CWS Fellowship Program is a three-week water education and leadership training experience in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the program is to teach individuals about the global water crisis, and inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development.

Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. On the ground, teams are first trained in water quality testing, and the CWS water treatment methods.  They then spend two and a half weeks in the field implementing and monitoring a CWS water business in their village. By the end of the 3 week program, each team will have provided a permanent source of safe drinking water for an entire community (approximately 500~1,000 people)!

Check out the info session on Friday at 12:30 in The Orchard, Hillcrest 103 hosted by Middlebury students who have participated in the program–they can answer all your questions.  And remember–if you are accepted to the program, you can apply for summer internship funding at go/summerfunding!

Global Health Corps Fellowship Due Friday, 2/17

Global Health Corps Fellowship


The Global Health Corps is working to build the movement for global health equity by supporting emerging leaders in year-long fellowships with global health organizations in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and the US. This year, they are hoping to place over 90 fellows in organizations like Partners In Health, the Millennium Villages Project, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the State Department, working on everything from architecture to communications and fundraising, to training and direct service. GHC has a unique model for service learning, helping fellows to learn the leadership and technical skills they need in this field while pairing fellows with a local fellow to better understand culture and context, and emphasizing the importance of reflection and discernment while doing this work.

Interested applicants must first submit their resume only to MOJO then apply online at


Global Health Corps Fellows must:

  • Be under age 30 at the time of application
  • Have an undergraduate university degree by July 2012
  • Be proficient in English

Fellows come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, as each individual fellowship placement will require different specific skills. Review the fellowship placement descriptions to learn about specific assignments and the skills that our partner organizations look for.


Breakthrough Collaborative Information Session TONIGHT, January 19th

McCardell Bicentennial Hall 104

7:00-8:00 p.m.


At 33 locations across the nation and abroad, Breakthrough Collaborative launches motivated middle-school students on the path to college and prepares older students for careers in education. A national nonprofit, Breakthrough Collaborative is devoted to preparing high-achieving middle-school students, most of whom are of color and from low-income families, to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs. Breakthrough also recruits and trains outstanding high school and college students to become Breakthrough teachers and build an interest in careers as educators.

 Contact your campus recruiter Guadalupe Daniela Barajas ‘14 at gbarajas[at] if you have any questions.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis. Read more

Summer Job:Outdoor Adventure, Service and Writing Trip Leaders Needed Across the US and International

Overland Travel — Summer Trip Leaders



Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Apply to lead hiking, biking, service, writing, language or field studies programs with Overland.

Program Destinations:
• Overland has 43 programs in New England, North Carolina, the Gulf Coast, Western US, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, France, Spain, Switzerland, Europe, Thailand and Tanzania.

Why Overland? Read more

Women & Public Policy Summer Internship

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the place to be if you’re a college woman interested in a career in public policy. PLEN is unique: Nowhere else can students learn how Washington, D.C. really works from a faculty comprised exclusively of women leaders who make and influence public policy every day. These women are members of Congress, major judicial figures, presidential advisors, senior government leaders, nonprofit advocates and corporate lobbyists.

Through PLEN, you’ll secure a summer internship directed at your specific interests during the weeks of May 21-July 27, 2012. PLEN helps you focus on what organizations will give you the best experience, help you develop a resume and land the spot you want, and coach you through the application process.

Once in Washington, you’ll meet at least weekly with PLEN and other PLEN interns to process your experience, expand your contacts by meeting with women leaders, and exchange information and impressions with other interns.

You’ll also participate in PLEN skill-building sessions to begin developing important career-related expertise in areas like networking, job interviewing, and salary negotiations.


Deadline December 31, 2011 (postmarked by this date)
Students interested in interning at a government agency should notify PLEN no later than October 14, 2011

View the 2011 Summer Schedule of speakers and events.

Most Climate-Responsible Companies Revealed; Scores up 54% in 4 Years

For those of you thinking about graduation and where you want to work, here’s an interesting index just released by Climate Counts 2011 of the top firms and how sustainable they are. The most climate-responsible companies are revealed with scores up 54% in 4 years. Check them out and think about the criteria as you research companies that you want to work for.

Career Conversation: Environmental Advocacy with Amanda Maxwell ’02, NRDC

Join us for a Career Conversation with Amanda Maxwell ’02, Latin American Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

WHEN:  4:30 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2011

WHERE:  Adirondack House Library (EIA)

(this talk will precede the screening & discussion for Patagonia Rising w/Amanda Maxwell)

 NRDC works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth. This includes issues ranging from Global Warming, Energy, Air, Transportation, Smart Growth, US Law & Policy and International issues.

Amanda W. Maxwell joined the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in July 2009, in the Washington, D.C. office. As the Director of Latin America Projects, Ms. Maxwell manages all of NRDC’s campaigns in Mexico, Central America and South America, where the organization works on environmental conservation, energy development, sustainable tourism, fresh water supply, deforestation and other issues.  Ms. Maxwell also leads projects promoting the development of sustainable energy and energy efficiency in the region as a whole. Read more

Post-Bachelor Fellowship in Global Public Health

The Post-Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) is a structured 2-year paid health research program where individuals can apply their knowledge and passion to help advance the field of health metrics and accelerate global health progress. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates with strong quantitative skills to train with faculty and senior researchers on a variety of public health projects.

The PBF program combines academic research, education, and professional work with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from a renowned group of professors and researchers. Through research, training workshops, coursework, and field experience in developing countries, the program aims to produce the next generation of scholars and leaders in global health measurement and evaluation.   Read more

“Business and Economics” Paid internships, Summer 2012, Shepherd Alliance

Hear from two Midd students who participated this past summer in the Shepherd Alliance Poverty Internships:

Dessert and coffee Info Session, this Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the EIA Library on the 1st floor of Adirondack House.

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Winter Term Internship Opportunity at Charter House in Middlebury

Still seeking two interns!
(two students have been selected already)

If your Looking for flexible Winter Term hours while: 1) Making a significant positive impact to individuals’ lives, 2) Gaining a profound educational experience in NFP management, and 3) doing so while remaining right here in Middlebury!

If yes, please read below about Charter House Winter Term internships!

Interns will:
• Work in collaboration with the Charter House Project Management Team
• Have an opportunity to write a grant proposal for funding the operation of Charter House, &
• Support the completion of the annual Point-Time-Survey count of the homeless population in Addison County.
• Have flexibility in scheduling hours—e.g., if you want some day-time hours free, evening and overnight shifts are available! Overall, shelter must be staffed 24/7.
• Gain an in-depth understanding and make important personal contributions toward how the Middlebury Community Care Coalition and the broader community support the transition of homeless families to stable housing.

Apply on MOJO:
For more info contact: Ashley Calkins, x3099 or Tiffany Sargent, x5082

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Presentation

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TIME:  4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:   McCardell Bicentennial Hall 104

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a camp in Connecticut for kids and teens living with serious or chronic illnesses. This session will be about employment and volunteer opportunities for summer 2012. There are positions in both the general camp for kids ages 7-15 and the wilderness program for ages 16-18. It’s an amazing place and opportunity!! Established in 1988, it is the first camp founded in Paul Newman’s family of camps collectively know as The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

Overland Travel: Outdoor Summer Adventures

WHEN:   Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TIME:  7:00 – 8:00 pm

LOCATION:  Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

Overland offers outdoor trips (hiking & bicycle touring), service and field studies, language study abroad and writing programs to students ages 10 to 18. For the past 26 years, small groups, carefully crafted programs and inspiring leadership have been at the heart of what we do. We hire carefully and are thorough in the process – our leaders make the Overland difference.

Educator’s Ally: Information Session

WHEN:  Monday, November 14, 2011

TIME:  7:00-8:00 P.M.

WHERE:  Axinn Center 220

Educator’s Ally is a highly personalized search and placement agency for educators and independent schools. They represent and recruit for a number of boarding and day schools located primarily in the Northeast, with a special concentration on schools in Westchester, Connecticut and New York City. For more information:

Summerbridge and Teach Kentucky Info Sessions

WHEN:  Monday, November 14, 2011

TIME:  6:00–7:00 P.M.

WHERE:  Axinn Center 229

The Summerbridge internship program provides a stipend and housing and will give you extraordinary hands-on classroom teaching experience that is unparalleled for college undergraduates. Summerbridge internship program is a collaboration between Teach Kentucky and Summerbridge, which is a summer school experience for at-risk youth. In addition to teaching at-risk students transitioning into middle school and high school you will be a full faculty colleague with other outstanding college peers for across the country. This summer experience will make you a highly a competitive candidate for the most prestigious post-grad teaching programs like Teach for America, Mississippi Teaching Corp and Teach Kentucky.

As an additional benefit to part-time teaching work, each teacher would take a single three hour college level course either in a classroom or online. This customized, transcript supplement will add required content to your undergraduate transcript that will accelerate your acceptance in these highly selective post-graduate teaching opportunities. Teach Kentucky is a prominent national postgraduate teacher recruitment program. Inspire the lives of students and raise their educational attainment by teaching in urban middle or high school around the Greater Louisville, Kentucky area while enrolled in an alternative route to certification and a Masters in the Art of Teaching.

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