Thanks to Eva Morgan ’22 for interviewing Michael Silberman! Watch the latest MIDDVantage: Exploring Careers in the Green Economy episode: The Role of Advocacy, People-Power, and Social Movements in Accelerating the Green Economy
Policy Associate – J-PAL Global at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) J-PAL is recruiting a Policy Associate for work in Agriculture, Health, Firms, Finance and/or Social Protection to contribute to its mission of promoting evidence-informed policy. Also looking for: You hold at least a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) with significant training in economics, including intermediate-level economics and econometrics. Do you have a demonstrated academic interest in international development and public policy and/or international experience? Even better. Deadline: 11/15/21
Data Fellow at Grist: Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future. This fellowship will run for six months, beginning January 31, 2022. The fellow will report to Grist’s data reporter.With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the data fellow will be expected to report and write stories informed by datasets, and create data visualizations to support both their own and others’ reporting. Interest in climate and environmental science and policy; Demonstrated familiarity with data reporting, data science, and/or applied statistics ; Familiarity with at least one scripting language, such as R or Python is a plus; Familiarity with at least one data visualization language, library, or suite, such as D3.js, ggplot2, or Tableau is a plus.
Communications Internship at Climate Tech Agency at Mission Control Communications (mc²): The ideal candidate for our paid internship program will be a college graduate looking for real-world communications experience at a mission-driven agency. Our next intern will demonstrate a strong interest in science and technology breakthroughs as well as experience in the field of communications. Mission Control Communications (mc²) is an award-winning communications agency, charting new frontiers in climate tech, clean energy, electric mobility, renewable resources, space and beyond.
2022 Summer Internships – Renewable Development at Invenergy: Headquartered in downtown Chicago, Invenergy has successfully developed 146 utility-scale projects across the globe and currently operates over 50 wind, solar, natural gas, and storage projects. We are looking for third and fourth year undergraduate students who want to be fully immersed in our entrepreneurial, collaborative, and hard-working environment, while assisting in the financial aspects of project construction and operation.
International Development Internship – Spring 2022 Associate at The Kaizen Company: The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is an international development consulting firm and an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. As a USAID implementing partner, we aspire to transform the nature and impact of international development. This internship is best suited for undergraduate students interested in entering the field of international development. The internship comes with a modest stipend. It is expected that the selected Associate will work a minimum of 20 hours per week in the Spring, beginning on or about January 18th through mid-May. Associates will have the opportunity to work remotely, from any virtual location with reliable internet.
Spend your Winter Term helping the State of Vermont cataloguing and mapping valuable wetland ecosystems and get Middlebury academic credit while doing it. The internship will focus on updating Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping products, as well as providing assistance in the form of data management. In this internship the individual will learn how to identify wetlands remotely, digitize and attribute wetlands in ArcGIS, and how integral mapping is to the success of wetland protection. Tasks will focus on developing and improving wetland mapping products in the Esri ArcPro environment and include:
digitizing and coding historic wetland delineations,
editing existing wetland datasets,
learning how to map wetlands remotely via “heads up digitizing”
The intern will have the support of professionals with mapping experience who will provide training in aerial interpretation and other mapping tools. At the end of the internship, mapping efforts will be reviewed and then published publicly online to the VT Natural Resources Atlas.
This just in from Middlebury alum, Sarah Brock ’11, Program Director, Climate, Energy, Transportation:
We’ve got two openings on our program team here at Vital Communities, and looking for passionate, community-minded folks. This is a team hire, and we are open to bringing on someone who is passionate about community-based solutions, even with less experience. Could be a good fit for a recent grad who is excited about working on many intersecting issues. Our team is increasingly looking at all our work with a lens of climate and community resilience.
Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks two full time additions to our Housing and Transportation Team to develop and implement integrated, community-based projects that work toward affordable, safe, efficient, reliable, and equitable transportation and housing in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Successful candidates will have a passion for working collaboratively with community members, volunteers, and peer organizations. Qualifications include excellent project management, communication, and collaboration skills, and an understanding of transportation and home creation as complex, dynamic systems.
There are many ways to interpret a work of art, and the museum’s Label Talk series encourages visitors to reflect upon and voice their own interpretations of specific artworks, such as this photograph of an oil spill by Nigerian artist George Osodi. Several members of the Middlebury community have offered their personal or professional reactions...
The following reflection was written by Kenzo Okazaki ‘21 as a follow up to his previous blog feature, which you can read here. Kenzo has been kind enough to share his understanding of community and the ways in which he’s managed to stay in touch with Middlebury after graduation. Kenzo is currently pursuing a Masters of Philosophy in Political Thought and Intellectual History at University of Cambridge, but has stayed connected with Middlebury College and the Center for Community Engagement through the Service Translation Project that he started in 2020 in collaboration with the Service Learning Center at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. If you’re interested in learning more about the ways in which language can be used to forge long-lasting community relationships, you can visit the Language in Motion website or contact Kristen Mullins at email@example.com.
My introduction to Middlebury was at convocation in 2017. I remember two points from President Patton’s speech: 1. Middlebury College cannot exist without our community, and 2. Middlebury is not just in Vermont; we are all Middlebury, and it is wherever we go. As a first year, I had no idea whether this speech would remain with me or what shape it would take, but as I reflect on my time at Middlebury it has become clear that these lessons truly were at the core of the time I spent there. These words conveyed responsibility upon myself and my classmates, and watching them take up the challenge of building communities within the college and serving the needs of the communities that they chose has profoundly shaped my aspirations today. My contributions have been modest in comparison to those of many of my friends and classmates, but the fact that so many of us took it as our responsibility to help others never fails to astound me. It’s difficult to say it without sounding trite or like I am writing an advertisement for our school, but I do feel that I was surrounded by people and groups who felt a social responsibility to do good and that my own efforts were bettered by my interactions with them.
Going to graduate school was always part of my plan, and Middlebury’s international focus (through language/study abroad) was key to my decision to begin my postgraduate studies in the UK.
I have been staying connected to Middlebury College mostly through the Center for Community Engagement and the students working on the project I started last year. We now have to account for EST, GMT, and JST time zones, so it is very challenging setting up Zoom meetings! I am very happy that my relationship to Middlebury and that of my project are stable and in good hands respectively, and I hope that this partnership will continue to grow. It is so important that students are involved in making use of Middlebury’s resources (which includes its community of students!) and connections because they allow us to influence communities in ways that we could never do on our own.