Global Health Hangout: 11/19 @12:30P in LaForce 121

Please join the Global Health program this Thursday, November 19, from 12:30-1:20 in LaForce 121 (Seminar Room) to chat with Dr. Nils Daulaire, a physician, global health leader and veteran of HHS, USAID, and WHO.  As a global health expert, Dr, Daulaire can talk about career pathways and other paths into global health. Refreshments served and bring lunch if you want, or drop in at any time. Questions? Email Pam at pberenbaum[at]

Hangouts are every Thursday, 12:30-1:20PM in LaForce 121 (Seminar Room).

Pay for Success: How Govt. & Impact Investors are Tackling Society’s Social Problems

PayforSuccess111215Please join us on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Axinn 219 to learn about new a public policy innovation that is helping accelerate progress on society’s most challenging social problems.  Pay for Success contracts (also called Social Impact Bonds) combine social impact investing, rigorous evaluation and data analysis, and government performance contracts to improve the delivery and impact of social service programs.  This is a unique opportunity opportunity to hear about the impact that some of the early Pay for Success projects are making on reducing homelessness, improving access to early education, reducing recidivism, and other critical issues for states and cities.

Middlebury alums Ryan Gillette ’08 and Scott Kleiman ’06, both Assistant Directors with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, will be sharing their experiences from the front lines of leading this work with city and state governments around the country. The session may particularly appeal to students considering careers in government, nonprofit leadership, social impact investing, or economics.

Co-Sponsored by Center for Careers & Internships, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Department of Economics & Department of Political Science

Sushi & Social Change: Careers in Social Impact for the Common Good – FFW Oct. 2


Your invited to a unique opportunity to participate in our networking event during Middlebury’s Fall Family Weekend titled “Sushi & Social Change: Social Impact Careers in the Common Good” on Friday, October 2nd from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Adirondack House’s Coltrane Lounge. This event, sponsored by the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI), is an effort to connect our Middlebury students (you!), with professionals (parents — it is Parent’s Weekend after all!) in the “real world” who have experience and careers working for the betterment of societal and environmental change. Whether they work in public service, a foundation, a nonprofit or the private sector, a social enterprise, in the media, as a social worker, volunteer, or serve on the Board of an organization—they will join with us to connect their stories and advice on the paths that led them to where they are today.  We will facilitate an interactive exercise in the 1 hour allotted and are looking for student participation. Grab a friend and your parents and come enjoy the sushi.  Please RSVP on MOJO (workshop).

Getting ready for that Interview? Tips on what employers might ask

Have you had that first interview yet? Don’t agonize about what the employer is going to ask you. Instead, be prepared to know who they are (do your research) and know yourself (have you thought lately about what really motivates you?)! Here is a a quick guide to 50 Questions an employer might ask you if you were interviewing for a start-up or new venture:


Reflection Fridays Series: “What Matters to Me & Why”, Friday 9/25 @ 12:30P

On selected Fridays in the 2015-16 fall and spring semesters, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) will host reflective talks in which speakers will respond to the prompt: “What matters to me, and why.” During these lunchtime talks, students and other members of the Middlebury community will reflect on their own ‘story of self’ and offer insights about the challenges of effecting social change.

On September 25th, please join us as Rabeya Jawaid ’16 shares with us what matters to her and why.

LOCATION: DKE Alumni House

TIME: 12:30-1:30PM (Lunch from Grapevine Grille will be served for the first 25 attendees!)

RSVP on Facebook HERE

To get regular reminders of the Reflection Fridays Series, join CSE’s Facebook site:


Concerned about food security and environmentalism? Consider applying to Yale University’s annual Food Systems Symposium!!

The 3rd Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium will be held this October 30-31 and the theme for this year’s conference is “New Alliances That Shape a Food Movement.” The keynote speaker will be Olivier De Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and the keynote panel will include Robert Lustig, Dorceta Taylor, and Ricardo Salvador.

People in food movements around the world envision a future where the world’s food systems restore degraded ecosystems, mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve community health, and facilitate more equitable economic exchange. To realize this ambitious vision this world must encourage and support novel, collaborative, and holistic problem-solving approaches. This symposium want to bring a diverse group of people and approaches together at this Food Systems Symposium such as those in the public health community who seek to increase access to fresh vegetables in urban centers; land conservationists who wish to preserve farmland; legal scholars who identify avenues of policy change; and immigration reformers who advocate for farm workers.

This year’s conference seeks to foster new alliances that will encourage crosscutting conversations, innovative thinking, and actionable strategies. Eaters across the nation struggle to find wholesome food choices that nourish their bodies without endangering important environmental and social resources. A true coalition will bring expertise across disciplines to creatively solve the otherwise intractable problems of food security and access, social justice, public health, environmental stewardship, and safety. These alliances and the common goal of an improved food system will serve as the guiding focus for the 2015 Yale Food Systems Symposium.

Please consider submitting an abstract and find out more information following this link:

Learn more about why you should consider Peace Corps and come out to an on-campus event next week with a Peace Corps Recruiter!!!

1. It’s easier than ever

In July Peace Corps announced historic changes to its application process. The online  form is doable in under an hour; you can help choose the country you’d like to volunteer in (there are still no guarantees) and what  you’d like to do there; and you’ll hear within a year about that acceptance.

2. Immersion in another culture

By spending two years in a foreign country — often living with host families — PCVs become immersed in ways unheard of when travelling as a tourist.  You’ll experience day-to-day living first hand, from the highs to the lows.

3. You’ll learn a new language (or become fluent in the one you’ve been studying)

Immersion naturally means volunteers speak that country’s language (that can mean drilling down to region-specific dialects). Yes, it’s a challenge, but once selected, PCVs undergo a two- to three-month training period during which they receive intensive language instruction from native speakers as well as technical details about their volunteering duties.


And much more here:

Not convinced yet??

Come out to an event next week with a PEACE CORPS RECRUITER on Tuesday, April 21st

Where: McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 219

Time: 7-8 p.m.



Amazing opportunity to learn first- hand from leading business professionals and academics about your social impact at the Undergraduate Social Enterprise Summer Training Institute with Inspiring Capital!! Inspiring Capital is bridging the gap between business talent and high-potential purpose-driven ventures. They recruit, train, and place professionals, including MBA students, women re-entering the workforce, and career switchers, and work closely with social ventures to understand how private sector backgrounds and experience can enhance a venture’s sustainability and growth.

The application to their Undergraduate Summer Institute deadline is fast approaching: on Sunday, April 5th.
Apply now to learn from a cohort of tops students and MBA candidates interested in for-purpose careers in nonprofit, social enterprise and impact investing.

Check out this flyer attached for more information: INSPIRING CAPITAL

Interested in leadership and social change? Check out the StartingBloc program and institute in New Orleans!! 

StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world.

They bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators working to create change.  They connect them to their tribe and give them access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.

They do this through a transformative 5-day experience where Fellows learn from proven change-makers, are pushed to take bigger risks, and find new life-long allies.  As a result of StartingBloc, hundreds of Fellows have found meaningful work, launched new companies, and joined forces to tackle our world’s challenges.

StartingBloc is looking for some Middlebury student participants and have extended their deadline to March 19th, 2015!! Applications for scholarships are also still open! Check out thoughts and opinions on StartingBloc NOLA following this link:



Check out the Devex website for career insights for aid and development professionals!! to give you a sampling of the types of articles on DevEx: Follow the link after the informational blurb below!

“Speaking a second, third or even more languages is a common skill in the international development sector. Living in different countries provides ample opportunity for learning a new language, and those interested in this line of work tend to also be the kind of people attracted to foreign language study.
English fluency has become a requirement for most international development positions, as it has solidified itself as the dominant international language. But what if you don’t speak a second or third language? Is it necessary to learn one if you want to pursue a career in global development? While the benefits of being multilingual in an international career may seem obvious, the decision to tackle a new language isn’t as clear.”
Here are six questions to ask yourself before attempting to learn a foreign language:
Make sure to check out other articles and JOB postings on Devex too!!


Want to make your Linkedin profile reflect your social impact? Subscribe to the Linkedin blog to see how you can accomplish that and more!!! out this article on how to include your social impact in your Linkedin profile and the benefits of doing so:

The Linkedin blog is a great way to receive new insights and advice to better profile and connect with your career and network! Become a subscriber!


Interested in attending a conference focused on adjusting to post undergraduate life? The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is organizing an event just for you! Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) will be hosting a conference at Green Mountain College on Friday, April 10th for college students wondering about life after college and making an impact in the world. College students today want to engage in meaningful work that will bring about positive change in the world.  At the same time, financial pressures lead many to question whether it is possible to follow their passions and still earn a decent enough living. This conference will explore the challenges and opportunities of doing both. Join VBSR for an inspiring series of TED-style talks from mission-driven entrepreneurs and leaders of change in business, government, and education. Student will get to engage with these and other leaders in stimulating discussions and meet with them informally.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Tracy Himmel Isham at This event is FREE to the public!

Also please REGISTER here:


Welcome Back to Campus!

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Welcome to the Class of 2018 and returning students! At the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI) we have a ton of NEW programming in store for you this year. Below, I’d like to both introduce you to some of the new features we’ve added to our offerings and mention some of the new ways we’ve re-organized the work that we do for you.


Here’s What’s NEW:

  •  Quick Questions = Drop-Ins: We have replaced our Drop-Ins with Quick Questions and the NEW hours are from 1-3 P.M. Monday-Friday at Adirondack House.
  • Appointments to talk to an Adviser: We have a NEW online system in MOJO set up for you to make an appointment –appts. can be made at any time now–with one of our Advisers.  Please check out the profiles of our Advisers first to determine who the appropriate Career Adviser is to talk about the areas you are most interested in. So PLEASE do not call our office anymore to make an appointment, instead it’s self-serve and you can make your own even when the Adviser is asleep!
  • Senior JumpStart = Senior Meeting: We have replaced the infamous beginning of the year Senior Meeting with a NEW program called Senior JumpStart which includes a series of 1o career-related workshops ranging from the Arts to STEM. There is also a workshop for those of you that still don’t know what they want to be doing when they graduate. Each workshop is being offered twice at different times…so NO EXCUSES for not attending! Here is the link to a description of each Senior JumpStart workshop (go/ccijumpstart). I will be leading two different workshops on Careers in the Common Good and Careers in Environment & Energy.
  • Meet our Sophomore Peer Career Advisers (PCAs): These are NEWLY dedicated sophomore students who are trained to answer your questions and to assist you in finding the right resources to point you in the right direction. Check them out here.

Looking forward to meeting new students and welcoming back old faces!

~Tracy Himmel Isham

Associate Director, Center for Careers & Internships


StartingBloc is offering Scholarships for Boston ’14 Institute Fellows – Deadline May 8th!!

StartingBloc offers transformative 5-day fellowship retreats.  The organization strives to “bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators struggling to create change” by providing “access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.”

This year, StartingBloc is offering need-based scholarships to the Boston ’14 Institute fellowship recipients.

Visit StartingBloc’s home page to find out more about the organization, apply to be a fellow in the Boston ’14 Institute, and finally, apply for a scholarship to fund your unique experience!  All deadlines are May 8th, so apply now!


Summer Internships at Venture for America – Apply Now!

Venture for America is an organization that helps talented enterprising college graduates get hands-on experience in business.  This summer, they are looking for…

  • a Communications Intern to help in designing a communications strategy for the 2014 VFA Training Camp
  • a Development Intern to support the Development team in managing fundraising

Both positions are from roughly June 1 to August 15, with flexible start and end dates.

Visit the Venture for America home page to learn more about the organization, or their Career Opportunities page for specifics on these two internships and instructions on how to apply!



Real Food Week & Careers

RFWPoster Join Real Food Week for an exciting line-up of great talent from our local food sector organized by EatReal. The weeklong symposium of events focused on sustainable food will discuss the realities of our current food system and propose future solutions all while investigating the complexities of food sourcing at Middlebury.

Don’t forget to check out Friday’s event with a panel of Midd alumni who have figured out how to insert themselves into the local food system sector.

What is our role in creating a more resilient, ecologically sound, and just food system? Visit go/rfw for more information.

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