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Apply Now to Earn Credit for your Winter Term Internship!

Do you have a Winter Term internship lined up or want to consider doing a J-term internship? Here’ s the information you’ll need if you want to take part in an internship AND earn credit for the internship.  
STEP 1: Have your resume approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA). No appointment necessary. See go/PCAs for times and locations.  

STEP 2: Secure your internship. Check out the exciting Winter Term internships currently posted in Handshake, visit go/findinternships for tips, or make an appointment with a CCI advisor or visit a PCA for help.  

STEP 3: Find a Middlebury faculty member to serve as your academic sponsor. See FAQ at go/WTinternships for more info on academic sponsors.  

STEP 4: Read the Internship Agreement Form. Make sure you agree with all the terms. You will be asked in the Application for Credit to affirm that you have read and agree to abide by all requirements.  
STEP 5: Write your personal statement for your application for credit including 3 scholarly sources (see samples).  

STEP 6: Create an Experience in Handshake – this is your application for credit. go/Handshake>Career Center>Experiences>Request an Experience. Select Winter Term Application for Credit/Funding and Winter Term 2023 and answer all questions marked with an asterisk. Immediately after submitting, attach your personal statement and your CCI-approved resume.  CCI has funding grants available for students on financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis or for internships related to conflict transformation.  

Internship credit and funding is approved on a rolling basis up until Dec. 1. See details at go/WTinternships and apply now! Contact Cheryl Whitney Lower for questions.   

Please note: Sophomores through Super Seniors who have been enrolled for Fall ’22 (exceptions apply) or those on an approved study away program (Middlebury or non-Middlebury) are eligible to earn credit during Winter Term 2023. Students doing remote internships are only eligible for campus housing if you have been/will be on-campus the full year.
FAQs, Timeline & Application Instructions here!

Considering a Winter Term Internship?

What would you like to do this Winter Term? Have you considered a Winter Term internship? 

CCI has some amazing opportunities in Handshake (more to come) ranging from health care, to finance and consulting, to international education, to arts and publishing, to law, politics, and more! 

Here are a few to get you excited: 

Healthcare/Rural Medicine Internship at Mountain Area Health Education Center Asheville, NC

Office of the General Counsel at Middlebury (will be located in Monterey for J-Term)

Teaching English in Costa Rica

Editorial Intern at New England Review (on-campus)

Middlebury Health and Wellness/Residential Life Offices Intern (on-campus)

See more Winter Term Internships here!

You can also find or create your own internship anywhere in the U.S. or the world!  Here’s how CCI can help. 

See tips for finding an internship at go/FindInternship.

Drop into Quick Questions to meet with a Peer Career Advisor.

Schedule an appointment with a CCI (or CTLR) advisor for help. 

See details at go/WTinternships for applying to earn credit for your Winter Term internship (including info on Winter Term grants).  Please note important deadlines and get started now.  Contact Cheryl Whitney Lower for questions. 

April 10: CCI Internship Funding Deadline AND March 27: Application deadline for some great paid internships

Planning to participate in an unpaid internship this summer? Sunday, April 10 is the deadline to apply for CCI’s internship funding grants!  

  • CCI has $3500 or $1000 competitive internship grants.
  • April 10 – one and only deadline to apply for internship grants.
  • Details, eligibility, FAQs, and forms: go/summerfunding.
  • Must have a secured internship and a CCI-approved resume to apply for funding.
  • Visit the Peer Career Advisors (PCA) for resume approvals no later than April 1!

Still searching for a summer internship? The Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) can help!

Who Can Help?

  • Drop into Quick Questions for help with your internship search, navigating Handshake, or to have your resume approved by a Peer Career Advisor (PCA). A CCI-approved resume is a requirement for applying for CCI funding and always strongly encouraged before applying for internships and jobs. 
  • Visit go/Handshake and click on “Career Center” to schedule an appointment with a Career and Internship Advisor in your area of interest.  

Searching for a Summer Internship? The Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) can help!

CCI’s Top Tips for Finding Internships

How Do I Get Help?

  • Drop into Quick Questions for help with your internship search, navigating Handshake, or to have your resume approved by a Peer Career Advisor (PCA). A CCI-approved resume is a requirement for applying for CCI funding and always strongly encouraged before applying for internships and jobs. 
  • Visit go/Handshake and click on “Career Center” to schedule an appointment with a Career and Internship Advisor in your area of interest.Handshake has over 4000 paid and unpaid internships! CCI advisors can help you find those that match your interests.

What If My Internship is Unpaid?

  • CCI has $3500 or $1000 competitive internship grants.
  • Funding deadline: April 10. Details, eligibility, FAQs, and forms: go/summerfunding.
  • Must have a secured internship and a CCI-approved resume to apply for funding.
  • Visit the Peer Career Advisors (PCA) for resume approvals no later than April 1!

CCI Internship Funding Applications Now Open!

Considering a summer internship? Great news!  The Center for Careers and Internships has funding for unpaid summer internships and applications are open! This year’s grants may be used for remote, hybrid, or in-person internships.

2022 Summer Internship Grant Overview:

$3500 Summer Funding Grants support expenses related to unpaid summer internships for Sophomore Febs through Senior Febs.

$1000 First-Year Explore Grants support expenses related to unpaid summer internships for First-Years (including new Febs) and Sophomore Febs.

$3500 Dance Festival Grants support dance students attending dance trainings/intensives.

Resume approval with a Peer Career Advisor (PCA) is required by April 1 before submitting application. (Resumes approved earlier this year or last year still qualify as approved.)

Meeting with a CCI Advisor to discuss your plans is required for First-Year Explore Grants and strongly encouraged for all other applicants.  

Find all details and forms at go/summerfunding, including CCI’s Quick Guide: CCI Summer Funding.

Grant application deadline: Sunday, April 10. Award notifications sent out on May 2. 

Searching for an internship?

CCI is here to help!

  • Drop into Quick Questions for help with your internship search or to have your resume approved by a Peer Career Advisor (PCA). A CCI-approved resume is a requirement for applying for CCI funding and always strongly encouraged before applying for internships and jobs. 
  • Visit go/Handshake and click on “Career Center” to schedule an appointment with a Career and Internship Advisor in your area of interest. Students interested in Health Professions or science-related internships may make an appointment with CTLR advisors by emailing Hannah Benz or Mary Lothrop.

Make Summer 2022 a great summer.  We look forward to receiving your application! 

Internships, Resumes, and Informational Interviews!

Three workshops this week will teach you how to find a summer internship, how to create or improve your resume, and how to navigate interviews and networking conversations. 

CCI events to get you ready for your summer internship or job search:

Find and Fund your Summer Internship  
Tues, Jan. 11, 4:30-5:30 pm, Zoom Webinar

Considering an internship this summer? This workshop will walk you through how to find an internship and discuss CCI’s grants for unpaid summer internships.
Register and access link in Handshake

This webinar will be recorded so if you can’t attend, please register via link above and the recording will be sent to you.

Resume Tips and Tricks
Wed, Jan. 12, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm, Axinn 229
Is your resume ready to apply to summer jobs, internships, or CCI’s summer internship funding? CCI’s Peer Career Advisors will teach you their top tips and tricks for creating a resume or taking your current one from good to great!
Register and access link in Handshake

After attending this workshop, get your resume approved at Quick Questions and be entered to win a $500 airline gift card!

Attend this event co-sponsored by CCI, MiddCore, and Compass to get you ready for important informational and networking conversations that can lead to internships, jobs, and clarity on future career paths.    

Cultivating Relationships: The Art of the Informational Interview 
Tuesday, January 11, 3:00-4:00 pm via Zoom
Do you have nerves around interviewing and outreach? Want to put your best foot forward in an interview? After a successful start to a career in sales, Amelia Howard ’19.5 will share a framework and best practices for taking the lead in professional conversations. With Amelia’s support, build skills, strategies, and confidence to make lasting professional connections this winter and beyond.
Presented by Amelia Howard ‘19.5 | Account Executive, Gong | Co-sponsored by CCI, MiddCore & Compass
Register and access Zoom link and password  

Advice to Winter Term Interns

1. Go into your internship informed

If you haven’t already done so, do some research on the company you’re interning for. Find out more about their work ethic and their values to see how you can fit in best. Through your research, you may also find some projects that you’re interested in to later express to your employer.   

2. Set goals for yourself

Since this is such a short time-period to have an internship, make sure to go in with an idea of what you want to learn, what you want to accomplish, and maybe have an idea of what your plans are after the internship. The best way to do this is to find your passion and think about what you are most interested in learning about. Once you figure this out, make sure to physically write your goals down. This will help keep you on your toes and recenter you if you ever feel yourself getting overwhelmed.

3. Ask questions

Asking questions will not only make you look more connected to the company, but it is also the best way to get the most out of your internship. Don’t ask questions just to ask them though; make sure that you are asking questions that are of use. By doing so, you express your interest in the work you are doing and the company itself. Being curious will also make you learn more than you would have if you did not become further involved.

4. Adopt an optimistic attitude 

The intensity and short time-period of a winter term internship can sometimes make it feel demanding and draining. If this happens or the internship is not exactly what you had hoped for, pause and think about the aspects of your internship that you love the most. If you love your work, your performance will show it. In addition, think about what you can learn from the opportunity even if it isn’t the perfect match for you – what skills can you develop, what learning can you take with you, what insights have you gleaned? These tips can allow you to adopt an optimistic attitude and take full advantage of the experience.  

5. Develop relationships

The network you build throughout your life will be one of the most helpful tools you’ll ever have. While you may doubt how necessary some of your connections are, it may surprise you how useful they will be to you. These contacts may end up writing letters of recommendation, offering advice on your future career, becoming a mentor, or simply being someone to talk to. Don’t be afraid to take the first step and introduce yourself! You never know if that person can be your future employer or your key into graduate school someday. 

6. Organization is key

Make sure to keep track of your deadlines and the projects you have to complete. The worst thing you can do is make your supervisor doubt your abilities when you forget to turn in something because you mixed up the dates! Keep notes during meetings and in general to not forget anything of major importance; a great way to do this is by keeping a journal. Also, by being organized, you are much more likely to manage your time more wisely and enjoy the other exciting aspects of J-Term like skiing!

7. Reflect

Take some time to reflect on the skills that you’ve gained and all that you’ve done, both during the internship and afterwards. Often after completing an internship, we tend to quickly seek the next experience. In doing so, we fail to acknowledge all that we’ve just finished accomplishing. Make sure to sit down after an internship and think of all you’ve learned so you can take those developed skills onto your next experience. As in the previous tip, you could also do this by keeping a journal of everything you think has been notable. Another important thing to do while you’re reflecting is to write down all of your responsibilities in your resume as it may be more difficult if you wait to include them until the next time you apply for something.

8. Take initiative

If you’ve finished a project you were assigned, it may be tempting to sit back and relax but try to fight this urge. It will make you a memorable and dependable intern if you show that you are motivated to take on more responsibility. Another aspect to taking initiative is sharing any ideas for improvement that you may have. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Your employer will likely see this as you wanting to get more involved in the organization, which may help you in obtaining an employment offer or further developing your relationship with the employer. 

9. Be your own advocate

Being a student causes us to place pressures on ourselves to turn in everything on time and never make a mistake, however, we are still human. If you are feeling overwhelmed with all that you are tasked with, explain your situation to your employer. Communication is key in any internship or job! Your supervisors want you to do the best work that you can, and if you are rushing to finish a project, it will show.  

10. Be professional

Treat this internship like it is a month-long interview for your dream job. When you begin to think of it this way, dressing professionally, being punctual, and having proper etiquette all tend to come naturally. Whether your internship is in-person or virtual, all of these are still extremely applicable. You should make sure to abide by dress codes and dress for the role you want, always show up slightly early and if you are late, make sure to communicate this with your employer. 

The author of this article, Cindy Cardona ’22, is a Biology major and Sociology minor who will be attending veterinary school after graduation. Cindy is a Peer Career Advisor at the Center for Careers and Internships.