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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: http://college.usatoday.com/2015/04/02/6-reasons-to-go-into-the-peace-corps-hint-its-easier-than-ever/

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.

 

 

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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

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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: http://startingbloc.org/nola15/

AND APPLY NOW!! http://startingbloc.org/institute/

 

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“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: http://t.devex.com/dS0JjODoUE0Lq00Bjc420K0
Make sure to check out other articles and JOB postings on Devex too!!

 

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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!

 

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http://admin.csrwire.com/system/profile_logos/13527/original/images.jpgVermont 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 thimmeli@middlebury.edu. This event is FREE to the public!

Also please REGISTER here: http://vbsr.org/events/making_a_difference_making_a_living/

 

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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

 

Can moving forward quickly in your career leave you shaky on the basics of your field?  What can you do to fix this without moving down to a lower-level job?  Answers to these questions and more in an article posted on the Devex Partnerships & Career Forum.  Click here to read more!

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!

 

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!

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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.

Interested in the arts? Here’s something to get you thinking about how the arts can be applied to a career in the common good!

Stephanie M. Heydt is the curator of American art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.  Read this short New York Times interview to learn a little about how her job combines her love of art with a desire to work for the public good.

About StartingBloc:

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

We bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators struggling to create change.  We 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.

We 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.”

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StartingBloc is looking for a Fellowship Director with a Bachelor’s degree and “experience in program support, project management, start-up businesses, or a related area” to help in managing the process of reviewing applications for these 5-day programs.  Check out the job description page for more information on the qualifications required and how to apply.

 

 

AmeriCorps VISTA is a service program that fights poverty in America.  This year the Vermont branch of AmeriCorps VISTA, through the volunteer organization SerVermont, has 27 new jobs open to graduating seniors.  Check out these documents for more information!

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Information

AmeriCorps VISTA Job Opening Descriptions

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We thought you might be interested in the Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s speaker this Friday at 12:30 pm in Axinn 229. Kristen Morrissey Thiede has been a Google employee for over twelve years, and is currently the Business Development Lead for Google Fiber. It would be great to have you there to engage Kristen in some discussion. Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested!

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What is my education worth?  How will I take it with me when I leave? Why did I come here?
What is this all for?

Come hear from Middlebury alum, Dan Murphy ‘11, Youth Programs & Outreach Associate in Community Engagement, about ways that you can translate mentorship as a meaning-making tool for the liberal arts.

WHEN: Monday, February 17th, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M.

LOCATION:  Hillcrest 103 -The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Want to help the world and find fulfilling, gainful employment? Consider health care policy, a $2.7 trillion health care economy.

Come join Dave Sterrett ’99, Principal, Health Care Policy Group

WHEN: 4:30 PM, Monday, February 17, 2014

LOCATION:  Center for Careers & Internships, Adirondack House Library

BACKGROUND:

Dave Sterrett, Esq. is a principal at the Health Care Policy Group and a former health care counsel for Public Citizen.  Dave has worked on and off in federal and local politics for fifteen years.  In addition to lobbying and doing public relations in the health care arena, he reviews health policy books for the Washington Independent Review of Books. His work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Roll Call, and Inside Health Policy. Dave is a graduate of Middlebury College (’99) and Boston College Law School.

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In addition to Charlie MacCormack’s talk, he has generously shared with us his recently authored resource, A Guide to Global Development Opportunities at Middlebury College,  targeted to students who are thinking about careers in global development, to provide them with “an overview of all that Middlebury offers in this arena, as well as some pointers as to how to set your own course and put together the combination of activities that is right for you.”

Thank you, Charlie, for making the roadmap appear more accessible!