Today we share the 14th episode in our MiddVantage Exploring Careers in the Green Economy series. Check out the latest video with Alexandra Fisher ’10, Energy Policy Analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy & Environment.
Our thanks to Sachi Howson ’21 for being the interviewer for this episode.
Head to go/MIDDVantage to view the entire series.
Have you been thinking about what to do this summer? It is not too early to start planning your summer internship! Learn strategies for finding or creating the best summer internship for you.
At this session, we will:
• Give you examples of past internships Midd students have done.
• Highlight top resources to use in the search process.
• Discuss strategies for creating your own experience.
• Provide an overview of CCI’s GRANT FUNDING available for unpaid internships.
• Help you with the process of narrowing down fields in which to pursue your internship.
We look forward to seeing you and answering all of your questions!
Sponsored by the Center for Careers and Internships.
RSVP on Handshake now!
The Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI, pronounced “sky”) is Stanford’s home for empirical, multidisciplinary research on China’s economy. We aim to foster path-breaking research, create transformative student experiences, and advance public understanding of China’s economy and its impact on the world. Our research runs the gamut from developing interventions to improve early child health and education, to conducting large-scale surveys of Chinese factory workers and college students, to detailed analyses of China’s carbon emissions data.
First come check out this talk on Thursday, November 4 at 4:30 pm in the Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room
The guest will be Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and co-director of Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. He will be discussing “Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise”
Hosted by the Economics Department and co-sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, International Politics and Economics Program, the Center for Careers and Internship, and the Departments of Chinese and International Global Studies (East Asian track.)
If this topic and sort of work interests you, then stick around afterward (tentative) for an information session about what SCCEI does, and also learn more about this J-term internship and job:
JOB as Academic Editor. Apply HERE. You will have a chance to co-author papers that are drafted/published under your direction. This is an excellent opportunity to learn quantitative research skills and methodologies, build up writing and publishing experience, and hone your research interests in preparation for a graduate degree program, or the next step in your China-focused career. Past academic editors have gone on to top medical school, law school, masters, and PhD programs in the US.
J-TERM INTERNSHIP: You will spend four weeks (January 3-28) working closely with SCCEI’s Co-Director Professor Hongbin Li, drafting a book on China’s economy, focused particularly on human capital, factories and firms, and other social institutions. This is a writing intensive position, and will involve reading policy documents and academic literature, having one-on-one meetings with Professor Li to discuss book content and chapter outlines, drafting original content based on discussions, and editing existing writing for logic, clarity, and grammatical structure. Apply HERE. Deadline is November 7
Here are 3 interesting choices to consider as you pick classes soon:
INTD 1184 State Supreme Courts
In this course we will explore how cases are developed in the trial courts and presented on appeal in the Vermont Supreme Court. Taught by two recently retired Justices of the Vermont Supreme Court, the course will include both a substantive component focused primarily on Vermont Constitutional law and trial and appellate procedure, and an experiential component in which students will participate in a moot appellate court presentation, including submitting a written argument in a “brief” and making an oral argument to a “bench” of one or more judges. Students will examine in depth the briefs, oral arguments and resulting decisions for two recently decided Vermont Supreme Court cases and will attend the arguments for actual cases being heard by the Vermont Supreme Court. Having read and discussed the briefs and issues in those cases, students will meet with the Justices of the Court and the lawyers who presented arguments. Finally, students will read about and discuss “hot topics” in the United States’ legal and justice system, including how judges are selected and the length of judicial terms, the cost and availability of legal services and the future of the legal profession. The visiting faculty are recently retired Justices of the Vermont Supreme Court.
INTD 1219 Applying New Tools and Technologies to Today’s Security Challenges In 2017, North Korea tested a missile capable of delivering a powerful thermonuclear weapon against cities throughout the United States. How do scholars study international security challenges like the spread of nuclear weapons? In this course, students will develop an open source intelligence toolkit applicable to a broad universe of international security challenges, with special focus on nuclear weapons and North Korea. No prior knowledge is assumed, and students outside political science are encouraged to participate. The tools covered, such as satellite imagery, have broad applicability beyond nonproliferation, to areas such as human trafficking, climate change, oceans policy, and counterterrorism. (J. Lewis, MIIS visiting winter term instructor)
INTD 1234 How (Not) to Get Away with Murder: The Investigation and Trial of a Homicide
Det. Danny Reagan is called to investigate the disappearance of a college student last seen at a local, off campus bar. Suspecting foul play, the Crime Scene Team is called in to assist. Utilizing scientifically accepted techniques and pertinent case law, students will help direct and solve the mystery by viewing and analyzing evidence and determining which steps the investigation should follow. Once a suspect is identified and arrested, students will then prepare their case for trial and the scrutiny of the prosecution and defense teams, ultimately learning if they arrested the right suspect. (P. Bevere, visiting winter term instructor) Peter Bevere, ’96, is a Deputy State’s Attorney with the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office and have experience handling cases ranging from domestic and sexual assaults to homicides. I have been an attorney for 19 years, with over 13 years of experience as a prosecutor in both Vermont and Massachusetts.
CTEC is looking for qualified Middlebury College undergrads to work with us during Winter Term 2022. These students will assist CTEC’s Deputy Director and Senior Research Scholar on a variety of projects within the Accelerationism Threat Assessment and Research Initiative.
Some of the tasks that interns may work on include: building literature reviews, helping develop educational programming, contributing to research strategy discussions, writing reports, and communicating findings to CTEC leadership and stakeholders.
In particular, we are looking for students who are passionate about independent research and are willing to follow rabbit holes of information to uncover patterns and new knowledge about extremist movements.
An example could involve doing archival and investigative work on MyMilitia, a web forum dedicated to the American far-right militia movement.
Apply HERE in Handshake. Deadline is Nov 7
Hear admissions representatives from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University discuss their programs and answer questions from prospective students.
Do you know what professional development resources you can engage with this month (well…any time, but especially this month)?
Drop in with our Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) to plan what’s next!
- Explore your career options – go/CareerToolkit
- Create/Update your resume and cover letter – go/ResumeGuide
- Discover different majors and careers – go/MajorGuides
- Prepare for interviews – go/Interviews
- Build your network – go/BuildYourNetwork
- Learn job and internship search strategies with our Peer Career Advisors – go/PCAs
You can schedule an appointment with one of our advisors online through Handshake, or drop in during our PCA Quick Questions (no appointment needed!)
>>Steps One and Two to develop your career during COVID-19<<
STEP ONE: Spend time reflecting on your personality and skills and identify how you’d like to grow. Then focus on that goal.
The first step toward career development is figuring out what you’re working with and working toward. Spending time reflecting on your personality, skills, interests, and values can not only help you think about what your future might hold but also help you figure out how to get the most out of your time at Middlebury.
It is important to make informed choices based on who you are, what you value, and what you can offer to the world. Take some time to consider where you want to go in your career. What is your next step?
Once you’ve clarified your goals, figure out what skills you’ll need to develop or strengthen, what types of experience you need to gain, and what connections will be helpful to cultivate before you make your next move. Keep these skills in mind as you come up with a plan to develop your career. And stay focused.
STEP TWO: Career exploration is a process. You do not need to have all the answers, but we do ask you to embrace exploration, risk taking, and discovery. We invite you to schedule a meeting with a career advisor to discuss options.
The second step is to remind yourself that career exploration is a process. While some students know what they want to do after graduation, the majority of Middlebury students spend time and get lots of help along the way as they consider and discover their career options.
The CCI welcomes you in this journey of exploration and invites you to schedule an appointment in Handshake for an exploratory conversation with one of our career advisors. You can also begin the exploration process with our Career Exploration Guide (link below).
Your To Do for Week Ten:
You’ve been working hard all #NoFailFall to set yourself up for success — now, for your last week, celebrate by applying to jobs or internship listings that excite you. Your Handshake profile is looking sharp… it’s time to put it to good use!
Public Policy and International Affairs JSI Fellowship
The Junior Summer Institute Fellowship is a rigorous academic preparation program for diverse undergraduate juniors committed to public service. Hosted at six sites across the US, this fully-funded opportunity equips fellows with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and, ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good, including with government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in international affairs, public policy, public administration, or a related field. Deadline: November 1, 2021. https://ppiaprogram.org/page/junior-summer-institute
CSCE Fellowships with a Policy or Communications Focus
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe seeks candidates for its Max Kampelman Fellowship program. The program is open to recent undergraduates, current undergraduate students, and current graduate students with previous internship experience. Fellows work in political and military affairs, economic and environmental matters, or respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Fellows are paid $25 per hour and are offered ongoing enrichment, professional development, and networking opportunities facilitated by senior commission staff. Fellowships last three months in DC, with fellows expected to work 30 hours per week. Deadline:November 5, 2021 https://www.csce.gov/about-csce/join-our-team/max-kampelman-fellowships
GirlSecurity Virtual National Security Fellowship
The National Security Fellows program is a stipended 15-week knowledge and professional development program designed to allow participants to develop a meaningful understanding of national security, build enduring skills for the future workforce, cultivate the type of relationship-based networks, and curate opportunities to advance throughout college into career. The Fellows program will require 3-5 hours of individual and collaborative learning, project management, and reflection per week. A $1,000 USD stipend will be distributed upon completion of the fellowship. The Program is open to currently enrolled junior or senior high school students and first or second-year undergraduates in the US and its territories. Deadline: November 12, 2021 https://www.girlsecurity.org/fellows-application
Critical Language Scholarship
The CLS program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for US citizens enrolled at US colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. Most languages do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. Deadline: November 16, 2021 https://clscholarship.org/apply
The Middlebury College Compass Team seeks a Communications Intern to begin work ASAP!
The Communications Intern will serve as a Compass ambassador, by positively contributing to the Compass vision of deepening students’ sense of belonging and contribution to thriving communities, while crafting meaningful lives filled with curiosity and authenticity. The Compass Communications Intern will share information about Compass programming and the “Insider’s Guide to Middlebury” to both students and faculty/staff mentors and campus partners. The Compass Intern will focus on the first-year experience in academic year 21-22, and will draw from their own personal experience at Middlebury College to create colorful and effective communications.