Learning about Tor and the Dark Web

I participated in DLINQ’s Crypto Party for Activists and Allies and learned a lot about Tor. Of course I’d heard of Tor beforehand, but I didn’t know how it worked and I only associated it with criminal activity and spy stuff. Turns out it is also an important resource for reporters needing to communicate privately with sources and for activists who also need privacy and may need to thwart a home country’s censorship of the internet. I prepared for the session I was part of by reading about Tor from the resources about web browsers we were given. After the Crypto party, some things were still a little, well, cryptic for me, so I wanted to learn even more. There’s an hour long course on Linked In’s Lynda.com that is very clear and explained Tor and encryption in more detail. The instructor is really good and explained it in plain English (with graphics) for the non-specialist. Here’s the link for the Lynda course Learning Tor and the Dark Web (you’ll need to login with your Midd credentials – we are subscribers).

If you want to know about the other topics from the Crypto party and see all of the resources that were provided, visit the Crypto Party page.

Special Government Internships to consider

Check out one or both of these great looking opportunities:

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is the premier Hispanic non-profit and non-partisan 501(c) (3) leadership development organization in the country. Interns learn firsthand how the legislative system works, spending four days each week working on Capitol Hill.

Benefits include:

  • Pay of $625 (before taxes) bi-weekly
  • Metro Benefit
  • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
  • Housing (all expenses covered)
  • Health insurance (premium covered by CHCI)
  • Leadership training, networking and more

Deadline is December 1. Apply HERE on Handshake.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a U.S. government agency, makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fair. We aim to make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole. We protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices and take action against companies that break the law. We arm people with the information, steps, and tools that they need to make smart financial decisions.

Apply HERE for the paid internship in Handshake. Deadline is November 21

HOPE Holiday Shop

Each year HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) hosts a Holiday Shop that helps families who could not otherwise purchase new gifts provide something special for their children  for Christmas. At the shop, families pick out an outfit, two toys, art supplies, and two books for each child. In 2018, the Holiday Shop helped nearly 600 children have a happier holiday.

Sign up here, either individually or with others, to bring in a gift ($25 suggested value, suggestions provided in the sign-up form). Then, bring your unwrapped gifts to the Center for Community Engagement (20 Old Chapel Road – the DKE House next to Axinn) Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by Tuesday, December 10th. Be sure to sign in when  delivering your gifts so we know who has delivered gifts and their estimated value. Contact Ellie Dickerson at edickerson@middlebury.edu with questions. 

Holiday Pay and Holiday Pay Premium Time Entry Reminder for 2019-20

Here is a review of procedures regarding time entry during the 2019 November and December breaks, as well as for Martin Luther King Day in January, 2020.  Hourly (non-exempt) employees must use specific pay codes to record time during the designated breaks. Exempt (salaried) employees do not have use special codes since the appropriate number of days for each of the breaks will default in as Holiday Pay.

The 2019-20 holiday schedule is:

  • Thanksgiving Break: 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 30 (regular operations resume Sunday, December 1.)
  • December Break: 5:01 p.m. Friday, December 20 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 1 (regular operations resume Thursday, January 2, 2020)
  • Martin Luther King Day: 5:01 p.m. Sunday, January 19 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 20 (regular operations resume Tuesday, January 21, 2020)

Hourly Employees:  There are two pay codes – Holiday Pay and Holiday Premium Pay – that are used only during the designated holiday periods:

Holiday Pay (HOL): a benefit that is provided by Middlebury College to keep benefit-eligible employees’ pay whole without having to use CTO during designated holiday periods. It is not intended to provide extra pay. HOL, which pays at an employee’s regular hourly rate, is to be entered for normally scheduled hours by non-exempt benefit eligible employees on days during the specified holiday break periods whether or not they work.  For the Thanksgiving break, up to two days may be entered, for the December break, up to eight days, and for Martin Luther King Day, one day.  Employees who work variable or flexible schedules should coordinate entry of HOL with their supervisor to determine the appropriate number of HOL hours.

Holiday Pay Premium (HPP): a benefit that pays eligible non-exempt employees extra for working during the designated holiday periods. HPP, which pays at time-and-a-half the employee’s base hourly rate, is to be used by all eligible employees for hours worked during the specified holiday break periods. A limited number of part-time non-benefit eligible employees (such as those who work at the Snow Bowl, as the Snow Bowl is open for regular business during the December break and Martin Luther King Day) are not eligible for HPP. Please speak with your supervisor or Human Resources if you have questions regarding your status or eligibility for HPP.

Who Worked on a Holiday Who Did Not Work on a Holiday
Hourly benefit-eligible staff Enter Holiday Pay for any normally scheduled hours AND Enter Holiday Pay Premium for hours actually worked.* Enter Holiday Pay for any normally scheduled hours.
Hourly non-benefit-eligible staff Enter Holiday Pay Premium for hours actually worked.* No action needed.
Hourly non-benefit-eligible staff in positions designated as ineligible for HPP Enter Regular for hours actually worked.* No action needed.
Salaried, exempt staff No action needed. No action needed.  Holiday Pay code will default in during payroll.

* Remember to enter hours on the correct shift.

Please contact Human Resources if you have additional questions regarding time entry of HOL or HPP.

Apply Today! Summer Internship with Amazon

Don’t wait – this posting expires on November 18, 2019

Area Manager Intern

*You must be open to relocate across the US for this role.**Amazon does not sponsor for immigration, including for H-1B, TN, and other non-immigrant visas, for this role.*

This role is a 10 week internship starting in the summer of 2020.
Amazon is looking for college students with high potential who are ready to own their impact in Amazon Operations as an Area Manager Intern. We promise you will have your leadership capacity stretched to its full potential. As a front-line leader, you will have an opportunity to truly invest in others and develop a people-focused leadership style, while mastering the tools, processes, and operations that have created the most customer-centric company on Earth. If you want to be involved in continuing to define the future of online retail, and are dynamic and an organized self-starter, join our team in Amazon Operations as an Area Manager Intern opportunities.

As an Area Manager Intern, you will have the opportunity to lead and develop your own team of Amazon Associates in a distribution warehouse environment. Your main focus will be motivating, mentoring and coaching your team. As a servant leader, the Area Manager will ensure that their team of Amazon Associates have all the tools needed to succeed for any task during a shift. Engaging with your team during a shift to ensure that the highest levels of safety, quality, attendance performance and engagement are maintained are core functions of the role. Come learn how the largest online retailer in the world runs its fulfillment and delivery networks!What is fulfillment you ask? Fulfillment is how we refer to completing or fulfilling a customer’s Amazon.com order and the acts of picking, packing, shipping and delivering their order to meet or exceed their expectations!

Program Quick Facts & Locations

  • The position is NOT a corporate role and will be located in a Fulfillment Center, Sort Center, Delivery Station, or other warehouse environment
  • Must be willing to relocate nationwide for the summer with relocation assistance (position location is most heavily weighted on business need but will also take into account individual location preference)·
  • Term: 10 weeks during the summer of 2020
  • Competitive Salary, Relocation and Housing Assistance
  • An offer for full time employment may be given after the internship·
  • You must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and/or overnight shifts and overtime in peak season and as needed

Key Responsibilities:·

  • Lead, manage, and develop a team of 50 to 200 Amazon Associates·
  • Drive Standard Work and Continuous Improvement through an intern project·
  • Communicate policies to Associates and act as the primary information source for the team, maintaining compliance and consistency and taking corrective action when needed·
  • Create, manage and support recognition and communication programs·
  • Support all safety programs and OSHA compliance to ensure a safe work environment for all Associates·
  • Ensure procedures are followed for building security and product loss prevention·
  • Partner with the management team to establish and maintain quality control standards·
  • Develop performance goals and objectives to achieve customer promise expectations and ensure accuracy and quality·
  • Perform the following tasks, with or without reasonable accommodation:·
    • Stand and walk during shifts lasting up to 12 hours
    • Walk in and around the warehouse with great frequency; many facilities are over a quarter mile in length
    • Ascend and descend ladders, stairs, and gangways
    • Regularly bend, lift, stretch, and reach below the waist and above the head
    • Lift and move items weighing up to 49 pounds
  • A driver’s license is strongly recommended due to the remote nature of many internship locations


  • Currently working towards a bachelor’s degree with an expected conferral date between December 2020 and June 2021

Learn more and apply on Handshake!

Winter Term Internship Applications for Credit: Deadline Dec. 1

Any student wishing to participate in a Winter Term internship for credit must complete all paperwork by Dec. 1.

After securing your internship, follow these steps:
1) Have your resume approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor.
2) Identify a Middlebury faculty member to serve as your academic sponsor.
3) Create an Experience (application) on Handshake and upload 3 documents to your Experience — your approved resume, your signed internship agreement, and a personal statement which includes 3 scholarly sources linked to the learning of your internship.
4) Inform your internship supervisor and faculty academic sponsor that once you have submitted your application for credit, they will receive emails from Handshake to complete online approval forms.

All forms, information, and FAQs at go/WTinternships. Limited $1500 grants available to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. CCI recommends that all applications for credit be submitted before the December 1 deadline.

Additional questions? Make an appointment with any CCI Advisor on Handshake or contact Cheryl Whitney Lower.