The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.
AIR works with federal, state, and local government agencies, philanthropies and other organizations to conduct research and evaluation and provide technical assistance in the areas of education, health and workforce development, in the U.S. and abroad.
AIR’s 2021 Virtual Summer Internship Program is designed to identify, attract, and hire the best collegiate talent that will drive creativity and innovation while enabling the organization to create a diverse and skilled talent pool. Spanning 10 – 12 weeks, AIR’s paid summer program provides Interns and Scholars with various learning and networking opportunities that enhance their skill-set and build lasting professional connections.
Click HERE to see the choices in Handshake. Deadlines are soon so apply now! There are several alums at this organization.
MiddCORE(x) works alongside your summer internship!
Over the course of eight sessions, sharpen your professional skill set, expand your network, explore possibilities, and up-level your potential. MiddCORE(x) is designed to work in conjunction with your summer experience, from anywhere!
In this mentor-powered program, you will be immersed in a community of support, offering advice, guidance, and mentorship to excel in your summer opportunity and prepare for what’s next. You will meet for two Sundays and Tuesday evenings May–July, 2021. Find your full schedule here. The program is open to Middlebury students with a focus on students enrolled in CCI, CCE, or Innovation Hub funded summer internships. Accepted students will receive $500 stipend for participation, all sessions required.
Invest in yourself this summer Apply Now!
Applications Due Sunday April 25, 2021
We are excited to share our next THREE MIDDVantage episodes that launch April 6th:
Exploring Careers Global Security- Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Extremism with our guest, Alex Newhouse ’17 and MIIS ’17, Research Lead at CTEC.
Check out the latest episode (30 minutes) and keep an eye out for new episodes each week.
Exploring Careers in Technology’s New Frontiers- Drone Technology as Advance Scout Protecting Soldiers with our guest Adi Raval ‘98, Head of Communications at Shield AI.
Check out the latest episode (25 minutes) and keep an eye out for new episodes each week.
Exploring Careers in the Green Economy- Changing the Way People Use Energy with our guest Clayton Reed ‘08, Program Director, CLEAResult.
Check out the latest episode (30 minutes) and keep an eye out for new episodes each week.
Here are a few I suggest checking out:
Children’s Rights is seeking full-time undergraduate interns to join an active litigation program committed to reforming child welfare services for abused and neglected children. Children’s Rights is a national advocacy organization that that has, for over 25 years, championed the legal rights of children impacted by government systems. Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education, immigration, and healthcare systems. These systems disproportionately harm children of color, LGBTQ/TGNC, and other minority youth. Children’s Rights uses civil rights impact litigation, policy expertise, and public education to hold governments accountable for keeping all kids safe and healthy.
The Department of Energy Insider Threat Program Internship is a semester-long, hybrid professional/educational opportunity that offers real-world work experience to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career within the insider threat field, the intelligence community, or the federal government writ large.
Lot Sixteen interns receive hands-on experience in all the work that happens at the firm. From press releases to policy research, Lot Sixteen interns will support both our communications and government relations teams. The work is substantive and you’ll be a part of our team approach, working collaboratively to serve every client. Located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., our paid internships offer other benefits, including flexible weekday hours, academic credit (where appropriate) and reimbursement of work-related public transportation expenses. We are currently working virtually, and following all DC-area COVID workplace guidelines.
New American Economy (NAE) is seeking a remote, paid Policy Intern to assist with tracking and researching immigration and economy-related policies and legislation, copy editing fact sheets, writing literature reviews, and assisting with some government and political climate analysis. Individuals who are self-starters, strong communicators, and eager to learn many aspects of a not for profit immigration research and advocacy organization are encouraged to apply.
The Perry Center’s internship program is an opportunity for highly motivated students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience working on defense and security issues affecting the Americas. Remote research interns will work in a multicultural and multilingual environment, regularly interacting with civilian and military officials from the Americas and other regions of the world. They will also have the opportunity to sit in on various lectures, courses, and professional development sessions hosted by the Perry Center and the National Defense University.
The China team of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking undergraduate/graduate student interns for the summer of 2021. The internship will primarily focus on assisting with research related, but not limited, to Hong Kong and the National Security Law, vaccine access and mandatory vaccination in Mainland China, Chinese technology usage abroad, Chinese diaspora communities, and social media usage. This internship will allow the intern to learn more about China domestic and international human rights issues and regional and international policy-influencing mechanisms.
Peer Career Advisor (PCA) and Posse Scholar Zoey Ellis’22 interviewed Terrence (TJ) Smith, Account Manager at Google, to answer common career related questions LGBTQ+ identifying students might have when seeking job opportunities.
Zoey: What activities or student organizations were you involved in during college and how did they help you get to where you are today?
TJ: I was involved in Black Student Union as the treasurer. I also was a RIDDIM co-director and a Language Tables manager. My experiences in these organizations allowed me to strengthen transferable soft skills such as: people management, effective communication, and organizing events. That said, I think the biggest benefit was being able to have a diverse outlet. Understanding the importance of caring about something or being involved in something outside of work is crucial.
Zoey: As a graduate who identiﬁes as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming, Genderfluid, or Queer, what are some of the questions you suggest students should keep in mind when researching employers and applying to job opportunities?
TJ: When researching employers, check to see if they have a LGBTQ+ resource group, typically you can find that around the company culture section. Do they have a resource group? Are they recognized for their work in the LGBTQ+ space? If they have a company blog, do they mention topics the queer community face? Honestly, any question that interrogates how the company values their queer employees.
Zoey: Would you suggest students consider to what extent they would like their career to incorporate their LGBTQ+ identity? Do you want your identity to have a major role, such as working for an LGBTQ+ advocacy group? Or expressed in a different way, like joining the LGBTQ+ affinity group for employees at an organization?
TJ: When thinking about your brand and who you are, think about what kind of role you want your LGBTQ+ identity to play. I, personally, decided to be out at work, but I haven’t been too involved with our company’s LGBTQ+ resource group. I’m a big advocate of separating work and personal life, so I focus on expressing my queer identity in avenues outside of work i.e. volunteering with LGBTQ+ orgs.
Zoey: Could you recommend any career related LGBTQ+ resources that helped you in the job search process?
TJ: O4U (Out for Undergrad) is a great organization that hosts conferences for queer college students to explore their LGBTQ+ identity while in the workplace. I recommend every queer student to at least check out the website. If they have an event for your field, definitely apply! It’s a great network and exposure opportunity.
Zoey: Have you come out to your employer, and if so, when in the employment process and how?
TJ: I came out after I was already hired. If you decide to divulge your queer identity during the interview process, I would just make sure you leverage it in a way that shows strength to your character. I have no strong feelings for or against discussing your identity while interviewing, it’s all situational.
Zoey: What advice would you give your younger college self?
TJ: Be open to change. Determining how you spend your 40+ hours of the week for the rest of your life at 21 years old is absurd. Your dreams may change. Don’t be afraid of evolving.
Zoey: Is there any other advice that you’d like to share with Middlebury students?
TJ: You’re a Middlebury College student during a pandemic. Except for the class of 2020, literally no one alive can say they’ve experienced that. Be easy on yourself and give yourself space to take things day by day.
If you would like to contact Terrence (TJ) Smith, please reach out via Midd2Midd!
On Thursday, April 15th, alumni join us for the GEOGRAPHY FIELD GUIDE.
Join us for the career panel Thursday night at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom to hear how these alumni went from campus to career!
They can help you answer the question, “What can I do with my liberal arts major?” At these events, you will have the chance to connect with alumni, faculty, and other students.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Career Panel, 5:00 p.m.
Reserve your spot, RSVP in Handshake!
Friday, April 16, 2021
Alumni will meet with students 1:1 – Check out the participating alumni below (read their bios on our website) and click the links below to schedule your chat.
JACK BALABAN ’12 – not available for one-on-ones
VP, Special Assistant to the CEO
Walker & Dunlop
JIA JUN LEE ’15 – Schedule one-on-one chat.
Research Analyst/Master in Public Affairs Candidate
MARTY SCHNURE ’10.5 – Schedule one-on-one chat.
Deputy Director, Cartography and Spatial Analysis
The Wilderness Society
HOPE STEGE ’04 – Schedule one-on-one chat.
Boston Consulting Group
RACHEL STRONG ’08 – not available for one-on-ones
Agile Program Manager, Digital Transformation
We are excited to share our next THREE MIDDVantage episodes that launch March 30th:
Exploring Careers Global Security- Nuclear Energy and Global Security with our guest, David Peranteau MIIS ’09, Team Leader for Support Programme Coordination, IAEA
Check out the latest episode (31 minutes) and keep an eye out for new episodes each week.
Exploring Careers in Technology’s New Frontiers- Tracking of Terrorism and Extremism Online with our guest Alex Newhouse ’17, MIIS ’18, Research Lead, CTEC
Check out the latest episode (30 minutes)
Exploring Careers in the Green Economy- Leading by Example in State Government: Putting Climate Action into Action with our guest Eric Friedman ’82, Director Leading by Example Program, MA Department of Energy Resources.
Check out the latest episode (34 minutes)
Here are some you should check out:
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) established its internship and mentoring program in honor of Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., who has devoted his career to the preparation and mentoring of generations of Americans and global strategists. The CNAS Joseph S. Nye, Jr. National Security Internship aims to follow Dr. Nye’s leadership in this area by selecting (seven to ten) aspiring practitioners and policy makers in the national security field. Selected interns will actively contribute to the Center’s research, publications and events and will be deeply engaged in critical national security policy formation and debates.
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,600 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. The Endowment is also the home of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, the Journal of Democracy, and serves as the secretariat for the World Movement for Democracy. There are several opportunities available.
Cypress Creek Renewables is powering a sustainable future, one project at a time. We develop, finance, own and operate utility-scale and distributed solar and storage projects across the country. Fostering a diverse group of innovative thinkers from all backgrounds, Cypress people are drawn to work in a purpose-driven organization. We hope you will join us. The Legal team provides support to each facet of the Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC organization, with competencies ranging from M&A, complex financings, development, procurement, real estate, construction and general corporate governance. The internship will provide exposure to a wide variety of legal work by affording the candidate the opportunity to both work closely with the company’s attorneys in their day-to-day activities and work independently on long-term assignments.
The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is looking for interested people to be part of our Campaign and Advocacy Fellows program. Join us to help elect environmental champions, advance strong environmental policy, and build the power of the environmental community in Massachusetts. The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund is a 501c4 organization and the state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters.
Verité is an Amherst MA-based nonprofit and award-winning pioneer in the social auditing, training, research, and consulting field. The organization has over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 corporations and their local suppliers through our global network of NGO partners. Verité works in over 70 countries to empower companies, factories, NGOs, governments, and workers to create sustainable workplace practices in the factories and communities where our consumer goods are made and the raw materials that go into them are sourced. There are 2 internships available.
The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) has been charged by the legislature to analyze the sustainability of our hospital network. The student intern will do research to help the GMCB better understand sustainability challenges facing rural hospitals, like what is driving financial shortfalls nationally? what predicts financial insolvency of hospitals? what mitigates against closures? and more. The intern will also synthesize and generate learnings from Vermont-specific capacity, quality, price and cost data for hospitals in order to help generate a final analysis for submission to the Vermont legislature. This is a PAID internship and is CCI sponsored.
Here are a few that caught my eye:
Labor & Employment Fellow at Hearst. This is very Midd-friendly! The Hearst Corporation Office of General Counsel (OGC) is a dynamic legal department which functions as a full-service in-house boutique law firm for all facets of the Hearst Corporation’s roughly 360 businesses. The OGC seeks a highly motivated team player for a paid 1-2-year fellowship to support the daily legal operations of the Labor & Employment team.
Project Assistant – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pre-Law Scholarship at Wiley Rein LLP – Wiley Rein, LLP (“Wiley”) is a leading Washington, DC law firm. In furtherance of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession, Wiley is pleased to announce a Pre-Law Diversity, Equity & Inclusion scholarship. This scholarship provides a Project Assistant position with the firm’s paralegal program, reimbursement for LSAT preparation/exam costs (up to $2,500), and a $10,000 scholarship that can be used to support costs associated with enrollment in a JD program.
Omidyar Network Associate Program is a two-year program for early-career professionals during which time they research new areas of programmatic engagement, support programmatic portfolios and specific portfolio investments, collaborate with network partners, and engage with diverse voices on our issues. Candidates should have a passion to build more inclusive and equitable societies, have two to five years of relevant experience, excellent research, analysis, problem solving, and written communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and external partners, attention to detail and ability to track and execute multiple work streams at once, and a high degree of comfort with change and ambiguity.
Editorial Assistant – Political Science & Sociology, Law at Cambridge University Press. The Editorial Assistant will gain broad exposure to the publishing industry. Working closely with the Politics & Sociology Editor and the Law Editor, he/she/they will shepherd books through all stages of the publication process and will be in regular contact with a diverse and talented set of academic authors. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, responsive, professional, and intellectually curious, with good time management and administrative skills. A degree in Political Science or Sociology or a background in law is a plus but is not required. 1-2 years of office experience or equivalent will be helpful but is not required. The Editorial Assistant should be interested in book publishing and social science research.