We know that many students’ plans for summer internships are changing. And as CCI has let you know, we anticipate that most of the internships CCI will be able to fund this summer will be remote internships.
Last week, we posted some resources for students seeking remote internships for this summer. This week, we also learned that Global Experiences is offering international virtual internships abroad and CEA has extended their deadline to May 1.
Global Experience Virtuoso Virtual Internships Abroad – Get matched with an international company based on your interests. Deadlines April 22, May 1, and May 15. $1500 fee includes placement, coaching, mentorship, and more. (CCI will consider funding these opportunities if you submit an internship funding application by May 8.)
CEA Virtual Internships Abroad – CEA informed us that they have extended their application deadline to May 1. Engage in supervised international work experience and build global career readiness competencies, all while staying at home. $450 placement fee and additional $95 application fee, which they may waive if asked. (CCI will consider funding these opportunities if you submit an internship funding application by May 8.)
Don’t forget: If you have an unpaid summer internship or experience, you can apply to CCI for internship funding. Apply on a rolling basis up until May 8. See go/summerfunding for information, eligibility, FAQs and more. Make sure to indicate a Covid-19 summer plan in your essay that gives specifics on if this is a remote internship or what other contingency plans you and your supervisor have agreed upon.
We are still awaiting final policy decisions from Middlebury for summer funding, but CCI anticipates being able to fund only remote internships, those in your home city/town if not with a vulnerable population, and possibly some in-person domestic internships that start mid-summer in locations not hit by the coronavirus outbreak. More information coming soon.
Below you will find some career tips and advice for those looking to pursue a career in sports or learn more about the industry. Representatives at a few organizations shared their insight.
Boston Red Sox
- Be open minded while learning about various opportunities within the industry, take time to read up on the different areas of the industry through online forums or popular sports publications such as Sports Business Journal.
- While learning as much as possible about the industry through research and internships is important, be sure to plan a career path based on the area of the industry that interests you most, stay consistent in your pursuit of opportunities within these areas.
- Network, network, network. The sports industry is extremely network driven, take time to meet and learn from those with experience and use their guidance as much as possible.
- Before a career fair, interview, or meeting someone new, do your research into their company and be ready to show what you learned. Be knowledgeable of the company’s leadership, who they are and maybe if they were in the news recently, have an example ready to go.
- Saying you’re a fan does not give you a competitive advantage. Instead of “I’m a huge fan of XXX and it’s always been my dream to work for XXX”, try “It’s hard to not be a fan of XXX, not only on the court/field, but the success that the leadership team has achieved off the court/field” and have specific examples.
- Utilize your network. The sports industry can be very competitive, so use any resources to your advantage. LinkedIn is a great place to find someone at a company that went to the same school as you, is from the same town, has a shared connection with you, etc. Don’t forget about your school’s alumni database!
The Lowell Spinners
- Have a path but be flexible. You may know exactly what you want to do and that is great, but also be open to new opportunities and industries that may come your way.
- Ask questions often, asking questions does not mean you don’t know what you are doing, it shows that you are committed to learning more and becoming more involved in what you do.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
- A career in sports is all about passion and self-motivation. The quote that defines those together is “Every morning you have two choices, to stay asleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.” You are in control of your future and if you can hit the snooze button 5 times and be okay with being 2 minutes late, then you’re choosing to sleep on your dreams!
Blue Sky Sport and Entertainment
- Always put forth your very best effort and then some.
- Make yourself invaluable by making your boss’s life easier.
- If you have a problem, do not just run to your boss with it, come up with a solution then approach your boss with the problem and the solution.
Entering the job market during times of economic uncertainty can be very daunting. Whether you are not quite sure where to start or are in the middle of your search, we can help arm you with the tools to succeed.
To sign up for the spring Senior Career Action Group click here: https://forms.gle/EepR24w6mtNiJ6GE7
Deadline is Wednesday, April 15
Out of sight does not mean out of mind — we think of you all constantly and hope you are staying healthy, safe, and positive.
I promised you another update on internships after my communication of March 28. While we had hoped to have decisions this week about College-wide policies on summer programs which will have an impact on CCI internship funding, we do not have that information yet. We now anticipate hearing about these new guidelines around April 15. This message will give you CCI’s current “best guess” of what we will be able to offer for internship funding, with more information coming next week.
We know that many of your internships are being cancelled by the employers or that you are on a “wait and see” status. Given the current COVID-19 situation and projections of when we will return to any sense of normalcy, we anticipate that the College may determine that only remote experiences — with some exceptions — be sponsored by the College this summer. Please see below for how this impacts internship funding:
- If CCI can only offer funding for remote unpaid internships this summer, then all applications for funding must include a plan approved by your supervisor for working remotely. (In most cases, expenses would be for lost summer wages.) Contact your supervisor and discuss this provision. Include a description in your funding essay. If remote work is not possible, explain the situation and any alternative plans.
- We anticipate that there may be a few exceptions granted if the internship starts later in the summer, in a geography that has been relatively unaffected, and is not with a vulnerable population. These reviews would follow guidelines put forth by the US State Department and the CDC and final decisions on these opportunities would likely be made in June.
- While funding remains competitive, CCI’s goal is to fund as many students as possible and help create a summer of possibility under such trying circumstances. Therefore, we are broadening our definition of funding-eligible experiences. In addition to remote internships and experiences, we will fund volunteer opportunities, third-party provided virtual internships (e.g. CEA), and will consider other experiential opportunities that help students develop professional skills and advance career exploration. As stated before, we anticipate that all must be done remotely.
- CCI has also relaxed its criteria for length of internships/experiences. Instead of requiring 8 weeks at 30 hours a week for $3000 grants and 4 weeks at 25 hours a week for 1st Year Explore Grants, we will now consider funding experiential opportunities that are of varying length. Funding allocations for approved applications will be pro-rated based on established ranges of total number of hours, with maximum awards of $3000. Students who are partially funded will still be eligible for funding next summer (excluding Feb and May 2021 grads).
- CCI will now offer two deadlines for funding applications: April 13 for students who have confirmed internships, and May 8 for students who need more time to finalize plans.
- Submit an application and make your case for your experience…See applications for funding and directions, forms, and FAQs at go.middlebury.edu/summerfunding.
- If you are still looking for a remote experience, here are a few resources on remote internships to get you started.
- And finally, it is fine for you to NOT participate in an internship this summer. For those who would like other ideas for the summer, see Ideas for an Impactful Summer.
We hope to provide a more definitive set of guidelines for you next week related to CCI’s internship funding. In the meantime, please keep your internship funding applications coming in. Thank you for your patience and please be in touch if we can help or talk through any situations. Remember, CCI advisors are available for Zoom and phone appointments – schedule appointments through Handshake. Feel free to also email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Take good care. CCI is here to support you in any way we can.
With mandatory closures of many organizations, social distancing requirements, and “shelter in place” orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that many interns will be able to complete their summer 2020 internships on-site as planned. The CCI team has come up with some ideas of what you can do if your summer plans have changed.
Want help with finding summer opportunities? CCI is here to help! You can schedule a video or phone chat with an advisor in Handshake or sign up for Quick Questions with one of our Peer Career Advisors.
Convert your current experience or create your own:
- Already offered an in-person internship? Ask your employer if it can be converted into a remote experience. See article below on making the most of a remote internship.*
- Create your own by contacting an organization to ask if a posted internship can be done remotely or if the organization has projects (think research, writing, data analysis, social media, and more) you can work on from home in order to gain experience while helping them achieve their goals.
Search databases and third-party providers for remote experiences:
- Handshake: In the jobs tab, search internships and then use key word search “remote.” Use this article to get started: How to get a job on Handshake (FAQ)
- Idealist: Type “remote” in location tab to find hundreds of remote internships worldwide with organizations and nonprofits committed to making a difference.
- Parker Dewey: Sign up for multiple paid micro-internships available across a variety of industries from entrepreneurs to large enterprises. Create a free account and explore which opportunities seem most interesting to you based on assignment details, deadlines, and pay.
- CEA Virtual Internships Abroad: Engage in supervised international work experience and build global career readiness competencies, all while staying at home. (Deadline April 15; $450 placement fee but may be able be able to extend deadline and/or waive additional $95 application fee.)
- Virtual Internships: Work for companies across the country or globe supporting projects ranging from social media support to full business projects, website design, market reports, financial assessments, and more.
Articles on the benefits and how to navigate Remote Experiences:
In addition to signing up for 1:1 advising appointments, I’m offering group advising appointments this semester focused on a specific career path. Please continue to check back since we will discuss a different industry during each meeting.
This week I will be hosting and facilitating two group advising appointments. Please let me know if you would like to attend one or both. I will add your appointment in handshake.
Wednesday, April 15 from 3pm – 4pm EST –Career Path: Advertising, Marketing and PR
Friday, April 17 from 3pm – 4pm EST — Career Path: Journalism and Publishing
These group advising appointments will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about a specific industry, build a career community, and practice peer to peer learning.
I am limiting the number of participants. Therefore, YOU MUST REGISTER WITH ME. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com to let me know you will attend, and I will add your advising appointment to handshake.
We’ve been fortunate that many Midd alums have come back to campus to share their knowledge and insight with students regarding various industries when participating in CCI programs.
Click on the program links below to refresh your memory. We’ve also included their bios.
Click here for the complete list of past Field Guide programs!
In addition, alumni participated in programs regarding Careers in Data Analytics, Communications, Media and More! Click here to review the complete list over the last few years.
If you would like to contact these alums and others, please log into Midd2Midd to connect. If you can’t find them on Midd2Midd, please connect with them via LinkedIn.
If you would like some tips on Networking, click here for our guide. If you would like tips on Informational Interviewing, click here for our interview guide. If you have any questions, please schedule an appointment with me in handshake. I’m here to help!
Translators without Borders (TWB) is working to translate reliable information from agencies, including WHO, into 12+ languages, while it monitors misinformation online, relaying the content to organizations like the World Health Organization. It then translates the accurate information for the agencies to disseminate. TWB needs volunteer support in a few different areas:
- Translation: support needed in 20+ languages (including Chinese, simplified and traditional, Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Hindi)
- Language Data & Mapping: developing maps that visualize languages and literacy levels in affected countries, as a better basis for planning COVID-19 communications.
- Social Media Monitoring: monitoring COVID-19-related social media conversations in multiple languages to help public health experts better combat misinformation.
- Terminology: identifying key terminology that people use to talk about COVID-19 as well as commonly used technical terms in order to develop a multilingual plain-language glossary that can support public information efforts.
All across the country, theatre educators and students are mourning the loss of shows that won’t make it to the stage this semester because of COVID-19. They’re using spring break to brainstorm ways the live theatre performances and hands-on experiential classes will be effectively conducted online. Many institutions have thought of some very creative ideas on how to make this happen. Click here to read the complete article.