There will be an information session on the Davis Projects for Peace today at 4:30 p.m in Davis Library Room 201.
The Davis Projects for Peace program is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2015.
Undergraduate students at more than 90 college campuses across the United States, including those of you who will graduate this academic year, are eligible to design and submit proposals that address the goal of improving the prospects for peace in the 21st century. The top submissions from the participating campuses, including at least one from Middlebury, will receive funding of $10,000 with which to initiate projects anywhere in the world during the summer of 2015.
This week, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge was launched! Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge provides some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds.
Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of our “Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship” and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world.
Individuals can support and fundraise for participating social entrepreneurs and their gifts will be leveraged by the Skoll Foundation. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants.
The Social Entrepreneurs Challenge will run through December 5, 2014. You can donate on the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge page.
ACORN and the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) are pleased to announce a local money conference for networking food, agriculture, and forestry businesses. Entrepreneurs, regional capital providers and business service providers come together at this annual event in Middlebury. On Nov 6 from 8:30-2:30 Financing the Working Landscape aims to:
The conference will include keynote speaker Mike Pieciak, Deputy Commissioner of the VT Department of Financial Regulation, an Entrepreneurs Showcase, a Challenge Presentation (expert feedback on a specific business challenge presented by a business owner), numerous business experts, and networking opportunities throughout the day. This is our 4th year and each year presents new insights for small business development.
To learn more and register please visit: http://acornvt.org/
StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world.
StartingBloc brings 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.
Through a transformative 5-day experience, 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 will be hosting 5 institutions in 2015 (see below) and they are accepting early applications! To learn more visit: http://startingbloc.org/la15/
APPLY NOW TO BE A FEBRUARY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TRIPS COORDINATOR!
This February, new Febs will have the opportunity to go on a Community Engagement Trip – an immersive day and half of service! The Coordinator will work five paid hours per week between now and mid-February to plan and implement this new program.
Read the full position description and apply here.
Work, with advising from the Associate Director of Community Engagement and Orientations Coordinator, to plan and implement all aspects of the February Community Engagement Trips program, a new program that invites incoming Feb students to participate in a day and a half of service to learn about their new community. Select and train student leaders; work with community partners to design engagement opportunities; plan and arrange trip transportation; design and implement leader training program, including leader site visits; serve as primary contact person for prospective participants, leaders, and other interested parties; serve as on-call contact person when trips are on-site; review and revise Leader Handbook as needed; plan and present the annual post-program slide show in conjunction with FOOcoordinators; other duties as assigned. Must be willing to work some weekends, and Wednesday evenings during J-Term. This position ends through the second week of the spring semester, with potential for continued work on orientation trips programs.
Education and Training:
•Current Middlebury student
•Past experience working in the Community Engagement Office, participation or leadership in Service Cluster Board student organizations or previous experience leading MiddView
•Experience in peer-leadership roles
•Meticulous organizational skills and attention to detail
•College van license helpful but not required
Application Deadline: 11/17/14
Contact Ashley Laux, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802.443.3099
Started in early 2014, Midd Venture Career Calls are intended to prepare undergraduate students for careers with innovative, growth companies. The calls focus on advising students with all aspects of the job search process. The call will feature reflections and advice from young alumni who founded their own businesses or are working in creative environments.
What: MiddVentures Careers conference call
When: Thursday, November 6th, 6:30pm
Where: Call-in info available at http://middventures.com/calls/
Rosie’s Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
The Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship honors the lifelong work of the founder of Rosie’s Place. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a woman to develop and carry out a special project in New England that will improve the lives of poor and homeless women and further the mission of Rosie’s Place. Read about our current Fellowship project.
Eligible projects could include the following:
The Fellowship is 12 months long and is awarded on a one-time basis to an eligible woman. Fellows are paid a $40,000 stipend.
Check out this link for the application and more information! http://www.rosiesplace.org/who_we_are/founder/kip_tiernan_social_justice_fellowship
If you are considering applying, or know a potential candidate for the CSE Fellowship Application, please note that the deadline is now EXTENDED to 5:00 p.m. on Monday October 27. It is important to know that the CSE Fellowship is not only for students who have specific project ideas, but also for any Middlebury student (graduating 16.5, 17 and 17.5) who has a genuine passion for positive social change and the aspiration to lead with humility and empathy. The CSE believes that investing in and supporting promising Middlebury students with the ability to think creatively and execute their ideas will result in a lifetime of leadership.
For those who are not aware, the CSE Fellowship is among a small handful of opportunities in the country that provide college students with unique access and exposure to mentorship, funding, and a vast network of individuals and organizations who are leading positive social change around the world. Becoming a CSE Fellow opens the door to a lifetime of social change.
Welcome back from Fall Break!
Engagement opportunities happening this week are in bold italics!!!!!!!!
How does your community-connected service, learning and research impact the community within which you work? What is the impact on you? How do your know when your actions lead to developed capacity or whether they contribute to unintended harm? Come to “Assessing Community Impact”, a workshop with facilitators Shannon Morrissey and Robert Burack from Break Away. Shannon and Robert will share their assessment framework as they invite you to explore and develop your own! The talk is this Friday, 10/17 from 12:15 – 1:15 PM in Gifford Lecture Hall. RSVP requested but not required: email@example.com, 802-443-5990.
Up to $2,200 total will be awarded this fall for one or several creative student projects that benefit Middlebury students, the environment, or the community, such as the tree house that David Stone ’74 built near the golf course for students and area kids to enjoy! Projects must be completed by Commencement, May 2015. Applications due by this Friday 10/17. Interested? Contact the Director of the Programs on Creativity and Innovation, Elizabeth Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charter House Coalition is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide basic food and housing in and around the Middlebury community. During the long winter months, CHC provides families with a transitional housing program in the Charter House that is staffed mainly through volunteers. Want to help keep families warm this winter? Join in this volunteer info and training session on Sunday 10/19 at 1 PM in Ross B11 to find out more about the organization and how you can help!
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.
Recent graduates and current seniors who know Yiddish and have a strong background in Jewish studies or related fields can apply to the Yiddish Book Center’s Fellowship Program. Fellows spend a year as full-time members of our staff, developing valuable professional skills while working on the Center’s most important projects: education, oral history, online accessibility, translation, and bibliographic work with our ever-growing collection of books. Working with mentors, the Fellows also apply their ingenuity and personal expertise to the creation of new projects. Each fellow receives a stipend of $28,000 plus health insurance. The program runs from September 2015 to August 2016. Applications are due by January 5. (Click here for details.)
Current college students can apply to the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, which offers seven weeks of intensive language studies, tuition free. A beginner track for students who haven’t previously studied Yiddish includes daily three-hour language classes and an introductory course in Yiddish culture and history. Students who have completed one year of Yiddish can apply to the intermediate track, where they’ll take daily three-hour language classes and work on the Center’s ongoing projects in exchange for free housing and a $1,000 stipend. All students take part in workshops, film screenings, and cultural and social activities at the Center.
Students accepted to the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program receive free tuition and are eligible for academic credit from the University of Massachusetts. The 2015 program runs from June 7 to July 24. Applications are due by February 10. (Click here for details.)
Interested in creating economic justice for Vermont farmers through education, grassroots organizing and advocacy? Apply now to work with Rural Vermont, a team of advocators with a vision for a community-based food system which sustains Vermont farmers, communities and lands. There are SEVERAL positions available as Legislative/Policy Interns, Legal Research and Legislative Writing Interns, and Outreach/Membership Development Interns for Winter Term internships!! Check out this link for internship descriptions: WINTER 2015 INTERNSHIPS-rural vermont or visit ruralvermont.org!
For those of you with an eye on socially responsible investing and sustainability, Wellington Management Company, LLP, one of the worlds largest independent investment management firms is hiring into their Business Associate Program and looking for graduates with an interest in their investment management area on their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Team.
Investment Management – Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Team
The ESG Team helps their portfolio managers and investment teams better assess environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) risks and opportunities in portfolios across the firm. At Wellington Management, they have integrated the analysis of ESG factors into their investment and risk-management processes firm wide. Read the rest of this entry »
If you like doing research and quantitative analysis with a focus on the social sector and problem-solving, this is a great opportunity for you. The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. They collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness, and accelerate learning. They work on issues related to society’s most important challenges and on breaking cycles of inter-generational poverty.
The MOJO opportunity is for Associate Consultants (ACs) who are a vital part of the Bridgespan Group’s core consulting strength, Read the rest of this entry »
Alexandra Peterson Cart, a Middlebury alumna, is the co-founder and director of strategic development of Madeira Global, a New York-based investment and advisory firm servicing qualified investors and institutions in the area of Impact Investing. She is an experienced philanthropic consultant who has designed, implemented and managed highly-leveraged philanthropic strategies for organizations including the Tribeca Film Festival Doha and Time 100 as well as for celebrity clientele.
When: Friday, October 3rd
Where: Axinn, Room 219
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
ALSO Middlebury’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship will be hosting a lunch with Alexandra open to eight members of the Middlebury community at 11:15 in 118 South Main. Be sure to RSVP by emailing email@example.com!
The opportunity has arrived!
The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities.
A complete application includes: short answers, two essay questions, a one-page resume, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline to apply for the summer program is January 11, 2015.
For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/internships.
Join Jennifer Core, SIT Graduate Institute alumna and admissions officer, for a conversation about post undergraduate opportunities with SIT Graduate Institute!Learn about SIT’s transformative, internationally focused Master’s Degree programs. SIT Graduate Institute equips students with theoretical knowledge, field experience, and professional skills. Programs are based on an experiential learning model and a commitment to social justice and intercultural communication. SIT offers Master of Arts degree programs in Conflict Transformation, International Education, Sustainable Development, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) on its campuses in Brattleboro, Vermont and Washington, DC. More info at www.sit.edu/graduate.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30th
WHERE: BiHall Room 104
TIME: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Learn how you can make a sustainable impact through a life-changing, three-week experience as a Saha Field Rep in Ghana. Young leaders who participate in Saha’s three-week Global Leadership Program (formerly the CWS Fellowship Program) are trained to become Saha Field Representatives in Northern Region Ghana. You’ll learn about development issues while make a significant, lasting impact in rural community! Join Kate Clopeck, Co-founder and Executive Director, and learn how you’ll: –Work with a specific community to build a clean water OR solar electricity business. –Train local women entrepreneurs how to run it. –Educate hundreds of families about health, hygiene, clean water or electricity. To learn more visit www.sahaglobal.org
WHEN: Monday, September 29th
WHERE: Hillcrest 103
TIME: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Are you exploring ways to think about working with the environment, whether from the policy angle at a think tank, an environmental non-governmental organization (ENGO) or the technical consulting side? Have you thought about trying to launch your career in renewable energy or in sustainability for education? In this session we will explore the many layers that make up this sector, talk about the importance of networking with alumni and how to tailor your search to propel you forward . This is one of the fastest growing industry sectors and yet, many Middlebury students are unaware of the potential opportunities out there. PLEASE RSVP ON MOJO FOR THIS EVENT.
When: Wednesday, October 1st
Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
Where: Franklin Environmental Center, Hillcrest 103