Meet Alumni in DC this Spring Break: Apply now

Washington DC Government and Policy Student Trek: March 25-26

We extended the deadline so you can still apply! Gain a better understanding of politics and government. Explore alumni career paths at a variety of organizations in D.C.  Program will include site visits and multiple opportunities for networking.

Who should apply?

If you are interested in learning about or working in government or policy, this trek is for you! All majors and class levels are welcome.

 Who will we meet?

In the past we have engaged alumni who work in exciting roles on Capitol Hill, the State and Treasury departments, think thanks like Brookings or the Aspen Institute, and non-profits like the National Democratic Institute and 350.org.

Click HERE to apply in Handshake, deadline is Sunday Feb 24!

Paid Internship in CS with Shohoz.com in Bangladesh

About the Internship:  Middlebury alum Khalid Quadir ’89—CEO and founding partner of Brummer & Partners Asset Management Limited (which manages Frontier Fund, the first private equity fund in Bangladesh) and founder of bracNet, a Bangladesh wireless broadband operator—is offering a unique summer internship opportunity for three Middlebury students to experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of working in a rapidly developing country. The paid internships are sponsored by the Anwarul Quadir Foundation (AQF), which seeks to promote understanding of economic and social progress in Bangladesh.  One of the three positions is reserved for Shohoz.com. They are hoping to recruit a woman for this internship as there is a unique opportunity to be mentored by Maliha Quadir, Founding Managing Director of Shohoz.com, but all applicants are welcome.

The internship will take place in the city of Dhaka and is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with a strong preference for students not originally from the region to ensure a true cross-cultural experience.  This internship is funded with a CCI award of $5,000 to cover airfare, in-country travel, and living expenses, and will last a minimum of eight weeks. The internship will be with Shohoz.com, and the job description can be tailored to the student’s interests and skills. Shohoz.com, owned and operated by Shohoj Limited, is a premium online travel service provider which aims to make long distance travel in Bangladesh easy and convenient. Driven by the passion to serve you better, Shohoz.com went on to pioneer the online travel industry by offering bus tickets and launch tickets. In the entertainment sector, movie tickets, event tickets as well as cricket match tickets are also available on Shohoz.com. The team of energetic and young professionals with deep expertise in eCommerce and travel domains, leaves no stone unturned to provide the best of services at minimal costs through the user friendly website, Android App, Partner network all over Bangladesh, and a multi-lingual call center. One of the most rapidly growing companies in Bangladesh, Shohoz.com addresses a critical need for the country. Founded and led by Maliha Quadir, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Shohoz promises to be an exciting place to work. http://www.shohoz.com/ 

Maliha M Quadir is Founding Managing Director of Shohoz.com:  Maliha has extensive experiences in digital services and investment banking industry. She recently ran Vistaprint’s digital business in global emerging markets out of Singapore. Prior to this, she worked for Nokia, taking care of strategy and business development for an emerging market focused digital content service called Nokia Life Tools across multiple geographies.  In the early part of her career, Maliha worked in Investment Banking, in Utilities Mergers and Acquisition team of Morgan Stanley in New York and San Francisco, and also in Debt Capital Markets of Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA in Computer Science and Economics from Smith College (USA).

Learn more in Handshake. Application deadline March 17.

Audiobooks on Overdrive and You

What are audiobooks?

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Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer poses at the Research Desk, modeling audiobook use with sex columnist Dan Savage’s American Savage.

Audiobooks on OverDrive are digital versions of a book, often a novel, that allow you to listen to a book’s text. Many come in downloadable MP3 format files and are therefore portable on many electronic devices like iPods. Sometimes the authors read their works to you with modest sound effects or other dramatizations of the story or action! Audiobooks can also be found on CDs in the Middlebury College Libraries’ collection. See a thorough listing here.

Why might I want use them?

If it’s hard to find still moments to sit down and open a print work or scroll through an ebook, audiobooks offer a hands-free alternative to the other formats. So, you can carry out household chores, drive, or even exercise while listening to an audiobook.

Where can I see what’s available?


A screenshot representing a small sample of the ~200 audiobooks available at go.middlebury.edu/overdrive.

In terms of what the Middlebury College Libraries holds on OverDrive, just visit go.middlebury.edu/overdrive for access to over 200 audiobooks. If you’re a Vermont resident and a holder of a public library card, you can access 5,000+ titles through the Green Mountain Library Consortium. See go.middlebury.edu/gmlc for more information and use your last name in all caps, ex. ALI, as your password.

Do you have any recommendations?

Book cover art for Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat

Yes, sure! But that depends on what you like. One of my favorite parts of my job is readers’ advisory. Look at the bolded type for genre:

  • If you want a psychological thriller in the realm of domestic noir, I recommend The Silent Wife.
  • If dystopian fantasy is what you’re into, Director of Access and Discovery Terry Simpkins and Library Associate Kat Cyr swear by N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Series.
  • If you want to access a classic and haven’t gotten around to it, Things Fall Apart is available.
  • Social justice? Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is sure to please and enlighten. And Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed also deeply engages systemic injustice.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer lit? I really enjoyed Less. Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo of the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies is a big fan of Redefining Realness.
  • Humor? Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay.
  • Disability studies? Good Kings Bad Kings is on the docket.
  • Then there’s also historical non-fiction like The War Before the War.
  • Historical fiction? Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer-prize winning The Underground Railroad is recommendable.
  • And we have memoirs like Michelle Obama’s Becoming— though you may have to wait awhile to get to this one. See my review of it in The Campus, in the meanwhile.
  • Oh, and if you’re studying a foreign language like Spanish, you’ve got about 10 works to choose from on OverDrive and several on CDs in many languages found in the foreign language browsing collection on the main level of the Davis Family Library.

There’s a lot out there!

How can I use them and what should I know about the app?

There are three basic steps for accessing audiobooks:

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A flyer with detailed instructions on how to use OverDrive’s audiobooks, a condensed version reproduced at left
  1. Download the OverDrive app, create an original account and after signing in, add the Davis Family Library.
  2. When prompted to sign in with a library card, accept, but use your Middlebury credentials instead.
  3. Make a selection, borrow and manage your ebookshelf.

Also, when in doubt, you are welcome to ask a librarian for help or visit the guide found at go.middlebury.edu/ebookguide. With regard to the OverDrive app, there are some cool options like setting a timer for when you want the recording to stop playing, for example, if you’re getting in bed to sleep, and adjusting the speed of the player if you want to move through some text more quickly or more slowly than others. There’s some bookmarking, too.

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Book covert art for Harriet McBryde Johnson’s Accidents of Nature

For how long can I borrow audiobooks?

There are two loan periods: 7 days and 14 days. Know that only one user will use each audiobook at a time. So, if desirable, you can place a hold on a work if you want to be in line for when a popular item is released. Check out up to three audiobooks at a time!

Last words?

They’ve changed my life, for the better. I hope they are of use to you, too. Also, to hear more from Middlebury audiobook users, see this week’s issue of The Campus.

HOT Handshake SOCIAL IMPACT Internships & Jobs Week of 2/18-2/25

There are lots of SOCIAL IMPACT jobs and internships in Handshake this week – click HERE. Take the time and pay attention to the upcoming deadlines! If you have any questions about your resume and cover letters, stop by the CCI for a Quick Question — no appointment needed.

REMINDER: PCA spring semester hours are as follows:

Regular Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in Adirondack House 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday in Adirondack House 10:00-4:00 p.m.

Campus Hours

  • Mondays in Hillcrest Lounge 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays in Ross Fireside Lounge 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays in the Anderson Freeman Center 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays in the Squash Lobby 1:00-4:00 p.m.

*** IF YOU ARE GOING TO APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP FOR THIS SUMMER YOU ARE REQUIRED TO GET YOUR RESUME APPROVED BY A PCA.

On President’s Day, We Celebrate The Guardian of the Presidency

It is Presidents Day – a time to repost my traditional column commemorating the late, great Richard E. Neustadt. This year the post seems particularly timely, given President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency in order to free up money to fund construction of a wall along the United States’ southern border with Mexico. Although […]

Want to share your intercultural interests with local high school students?

Join Language in Motion – an educational collaboration that connects Middlebury’s international, study abroad, and upper level language students with local high school, middle school, and elementary school teachers, students, and classrooms.

With support and training, Middlebury College students prepare and deliver lessons and activities that promote global awareness, intercultural competence, and world language acquisition.

Sound interesting?

We’re accepting 15 new presenters for the spring semester.  The short and simple application is due this Wednesday – February 20.

Feel free to contact Kristen Mullins with any questions – or stop by during our information drop-in hour from 7:15 – 8:15 pm today (Monday, 2/18) at the Center for Community Engagement Office at 20 Old Chapel Road (across from the Service Building).  Note: you do not need to come to the drop-in hour to apply.