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Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Event

Wednesday, April 14 at 5 pm ET

The Middlebury PHS is excited to partner with the CCI in bringing Ford Barnet, Assistant Director of Admissions at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, to speak with students about the admissions process. This is an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered and network! The event is open to all Middlebury students.

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Article: A Once-in-a-Century Crisis Can Help Educate Doctors

By Molly Worthen, April 10, 2021

The horrors of Covid-19 may give proponents of the liberal arts an unexpected opening.

Over the past year, ordinary medical research nearly ground to a halt as researchers focused on coronavirus vaccine trials and treatments. Single-mindedness paid off. Drugmakers developed lifesaving vaccines in record time, and now a third of Americans are at least partially vaccinated.

But ultimately, the pandemic is a once-in-a-century crisis that may force health professionals and medical schools to look beyond the traditional tools of modern medicine and think more broadly about how we train doctors to grapple with public health catastrophes.

There were signs of a reckoning at the very start of the pandemic. When Covid-19 hit the Northeast, the Yale School of Medicine moved classes online and pulled many students off clinical rotations. “The dean sent an email that said, go home, take this time to study,” Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, a Yale medical student, told me. “I thought, oh my God, I can’t imagine studying for an exam right now.” Mr. Tiako and a small number of the faculty and students worked together to create new courses that students could take instead, including an intriguing elective called “Covid-19: A History of the Present.”

The class — convened over Zoom, of course — gave the 65 students who signed up an opportunity to document and analyze their pandemic experiences. Some were helping friends and family sift through unreliable medical information; others were caring for children or volunteering in underserved communities in New Haven. But the course was also a beachhead for the medical humanities, a broad field that includes disciplines ranging from philosophy and history to visual art, creative writing and film. The medical humanities focus on a question: “What does it mean to make a healer, to train people who can attend to suffering?” Joanna Radin, a Yale historian who helped teach the new class, told me.

The course was “a pilot project to demonstrate that the humanities are an essential part of what a medical education should be — not just a luxury, but foundational,” Dr. Radin said. One student wrote her final essay on the practice of Judaism during the pandemic. Another wrote a short story about working as a contact tracer in New Haven. Some took photos or made short videos. It’s true that none of these projects saved Covid patients dying of respiratory failure. But in the long run, the pandemic may give proponents of the humanities an unexpected opening to change the way we train doctors and think about health care.

Once-in-a-lifetime Middlebury Professional Networks (MPN): Technical Interview Prep Program

Opportunity Expires: May 2, 2021

The Technology Middlebury Professional Network (MPN) and CCI are again sponsoring this summer’s Technical Interview Prep Program for students interested in pursuing internships and full-time positions as software developers and/or engineers. The program provides rising junior and senior student participants with practice technical interviews, a critical component of the interview and hiring processes for most software development and engineer roles. 

This program is for rising juniors and seniors who plan to go through the recruitment process in the fall of 2021 for internships in summer 2022 or full time software developer/engineer positions after graduation in 2022. You do not have to be a computer science major or be interning at a tech company this summer to participate – but significant coding experience and interest in software development and/or software engineering careers required. You must also fulfill the time commitment requirements outlined below.
Acceptance into this program is competitive.


  • Selected students will be matched with a Middlebury alumnus/a to work together over the summer of 2020
  • During this time, you and your assigned alumni mentor will engage in a minimum of 3 practice technical interviews
  • You will together identify goals and expectations, and review and discuss areas of improvement
  • You have the option of meeting by video chat or by phone
  • This should all take place during June, July, and August

Data Science Career Panel THIS Friday

Friday, April 16 at 3:00 EDT

We are delighted to invite you, your friends, students and colleagues to the Northeast Student Data Corps (NSDC) Data Science Career Panel taking place virtually on Friday, April 16th at 3:00 to 4:00pm ET. This event is for students and educators interested in learning more about data science careers, internships and education opportunities from students and professionals in academia, industry and nonprofit organizations. The event is free.

The online flyer provides more information about the event, and the inspiring students, professors, researchers, and industry professionals who will share their journeys and answer questions about why to pursue data science careers and education, how to find internships and jobs in data science, and other questions on your mind.  

Please visit the event website to view the speaker bio’s and Register here. You can submit questions for the panelists to consider when you register for the event. 

Research Technician Position Available: NYU School of Medicine

Submit Applications ASAP

A Research Technician position is available for a Middlebury graduate in the laboratory of Dr. Adam Ratner, Division Director of Pediatric Infectious Disease at NYU School of Medicine. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics, or related sciences with relevant laboratory experience

Expect to:

  • Design and carry out experiments, analyze data, and conduct routine laboratory maintenance
  • Assist other members of the laboratory and participate in organizational and logistical aspects of laboratory management
  • Coordinate the repair and preventive maintenance of lab equipment


Adam Ratner, MD, MPH:

Allison Dammann ’19: (the third research technician to come from Middlebury)

Natural Science and Sustainability Internships

Green Mountain Care Board summer intern

Opportunity Expires April 5, 2021

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) has been charged by the legislature to analyze the sustainability of our hospital network. The student intern will do research to help the GMCB better understand sustainability challenges facing rural hospitals. The intern will also synthesize and generate learnings from Vermont-specific capacity, quality, price and cost data for hospitals in order to help generate a final analysis for submission to the Vermont legislature.

Community Solar Summer Intern

Opportunity Expires April 16, 2021

The Nautilus Solar Internship Program will offer undergraduate students a 10–12-week hands-on experience assisting in the development, acquisition, and operation of distributed solar assets, while learning more about the solar and renewable energy industries. As a Nautilus intern you will gain experience in solar development, energy storage, distributed generation and project financing. These opportunities offer a unique blend of analytical, financial and technology experience working alongside experienced industry veterans. This position will be highly interactive with customers, partners, and Nautilus personnel.

Agriculture and Economic Growth Internship

Opportunity Expires: April 26, 2021

Tetra Tech International Development ( is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for an Intern for our Agriculture and Economic Growth (AEG) Sector.
This Agriculture and Economic Growth Intern will learn about and support program implementation and new business development, primarily for USAID-funded projects. This internship can help start a successful career in development, building skillsets, expanding networks, and providing real-world experience in this challenging but rewarding work.

Numerade Internship (Remote/Flexible/Paid)

Apply ASAP

Numerade is offering flexible, remote and paid internship opportunities!

Content Creator:

In this role, you would be expected to develop STEM content for middle school and high school students. The outcomes of this internship will provide you with experience developing project and time management, teaching, and increase subject matter expertise. If you’re interested in applying please go sign up at this link and select “content creator.”

Business Development/Marketing Internship:

In this role, you will learn the principles of content marketing, creative copywriting, and sales best practices. If you would like to apply for this role please follow this link.