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THANC Foundation Research Associate

Brought to you by Midd Alum Kayvon Sharif ‘16.5.

The THANC (Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer) Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting research and education in the early detection and treatment of thyroid and head and neck cancer, to advancing new therapies, and to alleviating the suffering and functional impairment of patients who undergo treatment.

Role: Research Associates collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of physicians and researchers affiliated with Mount Sinai Downtown Medical Center to conduct and publish clinical research. In addition, Research Associates also play key roles in the development and maintenance of a disease-specific electronic medical record system and an educational website for patients and their families ( Finally, Research Associates have the opportunity to spend time observing thyroid and head and neck surgery in the operating room.

Qualifications/Required Documents: This is a full-time, two-year position. Research Associates must hold a Bachelor’s degree and typically have a strong interest in pursuing a career in medicine. Applicants should have a robust scientific background, excellent writing ability, and previous experience in a clinical environment is desired as well.

To apply:

  • Provide a cover letter (addressed to Dr. Urken), an updated CV, and two letters of recommendation to
  • Please have your recommenders e-mail your letters directly.
  • If selected for an interview, a writing assignment will be required.
  • The application deadline is February 1, 2019 but we are gladly accepting applications before then.

For more information, please visit our website (, or feel free to contact Kayvon Sharif directly with any questions you may have!

Software Engineering Summer Internship at BlackRock

Software Engineering at BlackRock builds products and services to meet the needs of BlackRock and all of their clients. Their technology culture and solutions help to distinguish BlackRock as an industry leader in both asset management and cutting-edge technologies. The team is made up of software engineers, data scientists, data engineers, quant developers, DevOps engineers, product managers, business analysts, UX engineers, UX designers and more, all working to drive innovation in the financial services industry.

As an analyst you will

  • Gain a broad understanding of the investment process and the capabilities of Aladdin
  • Become a life-long learner through our BlackRock Academies
  • Work closely with senior engineers developing specific parts of the Aladdin platform. Take ownership of small projects and watch your creations be released to thousands of users
  • Use cutting edge technologies such as Spark, Storm, Solr, Cassandra, Hadoop, Angular, React, iOS, and more
  • Collaborate with colleagues to create innovative products during firm wide hackathons
  • Meet smart, fun people through volunteering, employee and professional networks, and every-day interactions
  • Aladdin Product Group Only: Participate in four 6-month assignments across various teams during a two-year rotational program, providing a breadth of experiences to teams, technologies and businesses.

Internship Highlights

  • Two day intern-wide orientation
  • Collaborate with other interns to create innovative products during firm-wide hackathons and strengthen your investment knowledge during portfolio challenges
  • Attend fun networking and social events
  • Use cutting edge technology to provide innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems
  • Work on real, impactful work and contribute to the technology trusted to manage over $5 trillion.

Can I make an impact if I’m just starting out my career?

Find out how these BlackRock employees did.  No matter what your level, you’ll be given real responsibility from day one – and they’ll be looking to you for your unique perspective to help them challenge the status quo.

How do I get a job at BlackRock?

Their head of global training explains here how to nail your interview and explains a day in the life of a trader.

I’m not a finance or business major; is there a place for me at BlackRock?

Of course! No matter what you’re studying – whether it is liberal arts or computer science and everything in between, you can apply your skills to virtually any role at BlackRock.

Application Deadlines

If you are interested please submit your online application by the below deadline.

  • Summer Intern Deadline: January 28, 8:00am EST

Johns Hopkins University AMGEN Scholars

Daniel Coit Gilman, Johns Hopkins University’s first president, stated that the aim of the university was “the encouragement of research, and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell.” For JHU, founded in 1876 as the nation’s first research university, the creation of new knowledge remains at its core. Today, they continue to support young investigators by including undergraduates in groundbreaking research in nationally ranked schools across the university — Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Health. Their Amgen Scholars Program will perpetuate this distinctively Hopkins tradition.

Amgen Scholars at JHU will fully engage in research for 10 weeks with mentors known for the exceptional quality of their research and commitment to training scientists. Faculty will come from the university’s highly regarded science, medicine, and engineering departments. Scholars will be welcomed into their labs, working at the bench and participating in lab meetings and other activities. Scholars will also develop skills in communication, learning design principles for creating visually arresting and effective presentations, delivering research talks, and presenting posters at the program’s capstone event. Taking advantage of nearby Washington DC, we will invite experts to discuss the role of scientists in advocacy, policy design, and public education. Scholars will build an invaluable network, forging friendships with Hopkins faculty and researchers, other Amgen Scholars, and students from across the country.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents completing their sophomore or junior years, or be non-graduating seniors at any four-year college or university in the US and its territories. Previous research experience is not required. Students pursuing any major may apply. Amgen Scholars will receive a stipend, housing, and round-trip travel to Baltimore.

May 28 – August 2, 2019

February 1, 2019

Applications to be an Amgen Scholar are provided by and processed at each participating host institution. Follow this link to find this institution’s application.

Research Assistant Positions at Brigham and Women’s

There are TWO positions open at the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Start dates for the positions are June, 2019. These are great positions for students considering careers in medicine, public health, public policy, economic evaluation and related fields.

We are seeking to hire a full-time Research Assistant to work with our internationally recognized, multidisciplinary health policy and clinical outcomes research team at the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research (OrACORe) and the Policy and Innovation eValuation in Orthopaedic Treatments (PIVOT) Centers, both in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The incumbent will be essential to the research operations of OrACORe/PIVOT and will be an integral member of the centers.

The Research Assistant will work directly with the Principal Investigators of the centers, as well as numerous other faculty and staff members, to conduct clinical research involving musculoskeletal conditions. There will be opportunities to collect data, synthesize literature, and write both manuscripts and sections of grant proposals. The Research Assistant will also participate in conducting health policy evaluations of musculoskeletal diseases using computer simulation modeling

  1. Health Policy and Clinical Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery – Read the full job description here.
  2. Clinical and Health Policy Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery – Read the full job description here.


New Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity! Evolution, Ecology, and Environment

Are you looking for a summer research opportunity in the broad fields of evolution, ecology, or environmental biology? There is a new REU program based in the Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) at Harvard. The program is called Evolution, Ecology, and Environment (E3 REU) and they will be welcoming their first group of interns summer of 2019. They are particularly interested in identifying underrepresented minority or first generation students who are interested in exploring research opportunities in evolution and ecology that might not otherwise be available at their home institution.

What kinds of science research opportunities are available? Research will be based in faculty labs drawn from OEB as well as the Harvard University Center for the Environment, which includes faculty from a number of Harvard departments and schools, including the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science and the Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Science. That means that research projects may cover anything from developmental genetics to comparative genomics to systematics to global ecology to physiology to biogeochemistry.

Does the program involve more than just lab-based research? Of course! There will be weekly meetings with students in the E3 REU program as well as other Harvard-based summer research programs that will help interns develop a wide range of professional skills to support their success in graduate school. In addition to these weekly meetings, students will attend the annual Leadership Alliance National Symposium (all travel/lodging/meals covered), and there will be regular social activities and field excursions. You can find out more about the program here and here.

Deadline: February 1, 2019

How to Apply: Students apply through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification program. Students interested in the Harvard E3 REU should select Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as at least one of their target programs in their application.

Questions? Check out their FAQ.

Data Analytics Summer Intern with Locus Analytics

Are you interested in data analytics and up for a REALLY INTERACTIVE and dynamic summer internship in NYC? Then consider this highly competitive opportunity with Midd alumnus Rory Riggs ’75, who created and runs Locus Analytics. We’d love to see a Middlebury student there this summer!

Locus Analytics, a research firm in New York City, studies the network of relationships within the global economy. Locus has developed methods incorporating linguistics, complex systems, and graph theory for analyzing large, unstructured datasets. This methodology is used to model economic interactions at all scales, from small informal enterprises to major technology conglomerates. We have used our proprietary classification system to construct a database that indexes thousands of companies worldwide.

Interns collaborate in small teams, each tasked with projects and assigned a mentor from the Locus team. In previous summers, interns have pursued a wide variety of projects and questions designed around their skill sets. These have included creating standardized profiles of zip codes based on their makeup of economic functions and census data, developing data visualization prototyping tools, and clustering and classification machine learning projects. This is a unique opportunity to help build a project from the beginning — each team is entrusted with planning and executing its own end­-to-­end project strategy from design and implementation to testing and presentation. As a part of this team, you will have the chance to experience what it is like to completely ideate and realize a project and it’s goals and will be a valued and trusted member of our team.

Minimum Requirements

    • Strong quantitative skills
    • Strong ability in at least one general purpose programming language (e.g. Python, C++, Java, etc.)
    • Excellent problem-solving skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills – ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences
Locus will cover all visa expenses for international students.
The internship will last approximately 10 weeks beginning in mid-June.
Please direct any questions to
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United Way Impact Funding Team

Interested in non-profit work and the grant review process? Join United Way’s Community Impact Funding Team!

Deadline January 15.

Come learn about the behind-the-scenes work involved in the grant approval process. United Way of Addison County (UWAC) is seeking Middlebury College student volunteers to review grant applications from nonprofits that are working to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of Addison County residents. Joining the Community Impact Funding (CIF) review team is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the grant making process, as well as the types of needs being addressed by our local nonprofits. In the past three years, reviewers helped UWAC invest $991,605 in 33 programs covering 28 different agencies across the region. Volunteer responsibilities include reviewing applications, conducting site visits and making funding recommendations to the UWAC Board of Directors. The work will require a time commitment of 10-15 hours for meetings, plus approximately 30 additional hours of grant review and scoring between the last week of January through the beginning of April.  Accommodations will be made for absences over February Break and Spring Break. Experience is not necessary, as UWAC will provide training.  Enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of humor are highly valued! Interested students should send their resume and a statement of interest to United Way of Addison County Volunteer Center Coordinator Linnea Oosterman at by January 15, 2019.