Intelligence Community Virtual Fair August 24

If you’re a college student looking for the most exciting work experience in the country, you’re just a few clicks away. U.S. intelligence agencies are looking for qualified candidates for internships, scholarships, co-op programs and more.

  • Live and work in Washington, D.C.
  • Get your security clearance.
  • Strengthen your resume with impressive experience

On Thursday, August, 24 2017, you can meet representatives from ten U.S. intelligence agencies during the third annual Intelligence Community Student Opportunities Virtual Info Session. Reserve your spot today!

From the comfort of your computer or mobile device, you can:

  • Find out about internships, scholarships and other student opportunities
  • Learn about the IC, its career fields, job benefits and other information
  • Explore current job openings

All the details are here:

This is perfect timing because deadlines for next summer are fast approaching at the end of October, and you can get prepared now.  I visited the NSA this summer and it’s a great group of recruiters and they highly recommended this event.


NYC IRTS Multicultural Media Career Workshop – Oct. 12 & 13


Thursday, October 12 & Friday, October 13

APPLICATIONS DUE: Wednesday, September 6

APPLY NOW to secure your seat! Conferees will be selected on a rolling basis.

Now in its 33rd year, the IRTS Multicultural Career Workshop is a two-day conference that continues to be singled out by human resource professionals as one of the best places to find skilled students and recent graduates for job and internship opportunities.

Conferees who plan to travel from a long distance are encouraged to apply for a limited number of Accommodations Grants. The Workshop application will allow you to indicate if you are interested receiving this grant.  

COST: Participants attend workshop events free-of-charge. 

ELIGIBILITY: Requirements – Juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with outstanding academic records and extra-curricular experience are encouraged to compete for participation in the Workshop.

Katrina, Atlanta, and NCAAL


Katrina poses in front of the National Conference of African American Librarians’ banner.

Middlebury’s Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer attended the National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) in Atlanta, Georgia. See a brief video from the opening session shared on Twitter and read more coverage of the event in American Libraries’ Magazine.


How was your conference?

OMG, great! I feel like this conference was Middlebury’s personal gift to me. It fed my soul, which was hungrier than I expected.

What made it great?

For the first time ever, I actually got to stay on site where the conference I was attending was being held. That makes a huge difference– to not have to catch a taxi, bus or train to the conference site and navigate inclement weather/downpours of rain, and also to be able to retire to one’s room to take breaks between sessions was a blessing!

There were beautiful people in the city. Beautiful black people. With braids, twist-outs, locks. . . And it was the first time that I’d seen black and white people voluntarily spending time together on such a scale. When I’ve seen this in the past, it has been rather exceptional and episodic. There I saw people from both groups treating each other fraternally. I can’t say I was expecting that and I can’t say, after 30 years, that I’d seen it before as such a normalized part of a landscape. But, to see that and to juxtapose it with the news from Charlottesville, Virginia is mind-boggling. Progress in terms of racial politics in this country, to say the very least, is spotty.

With much help from Davis Family Library’s Marlena Evans, the banners to be used during the February 2018 Black History Month display have been designed. Katrina’s presentation posed the question, “What do I put on display?” and encouraged librarians to think critically about their choices.

What was your presentation on?

The title of my proposal was “What I Wish I Would Have Known” and referred to my education on black history and blackness as a child growing up in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Succinctly, the Transatlantic Slave Trade impacted almost the entire Western hemisphere, not just the United States; the struggle for civil rights and social justice did not end in the 1960s; and black peoples are not defined by the violent scenarios and oppressive societies we encounter, yesterday, today, or tomorrow.

Katrina (far left) poses with librarians and archivists who all graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with library and information science degrees.

A screenshot from the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library website.

What did you do?

I visited historic and cultural sites, for example, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and the Atlanta University Center’s (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library that serves Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. I also spent time with several alums from my library and information science alma mater, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

What did you learn?

  • Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College are all served by the same library.
  • The AUC’s archives currently hold Dr. Martin Luther King’s briefcase.
  • Malcolm X wrote postcards home from Lebanon and signed them “El Hajj Malik El Shabazz,” also held in the AUC archives.
  • Despite the fact that many HBCUs are suffering in terms of securing funds to properly maintain their grounds and facilities, the AUC is tremendous, popular, and well maintained.
  • There’s a published book of photos on Muhammad Ali’s life and fights that weighs over 70 pounds! A copy is held in the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s archives.
  • The library and information science field is more intimate than you might think!
  • Black librarians are interested in revamping the ways in which we teach about black history.
  • Tom Joyner is famous and funny. And he says he met his wife in a library.
  • BCALA is interested in recruiting new members to its body.

Were you inspired to pursue new projects? Come up with any news ideas?

Screenshot of an image published on the 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) website


  • First, Leo and Kathryn were essentially looking for ways to recruit and retain people of color within their libraries at their respective institutions. As someone from that target demographic, I have thoughts, strategies and insight I want to share with them.
  • Second, I learned that BCALA publishes its own seasonal newsletter, BCALA News, in which, among other pieces, literary works are reviewed. I’ll pitch an idea to the editor.
  • Third, in every conference bag, there was a save-the-date type of invitation to 2018’s Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. I wasn’t aware of the meeting but now I want to attend.

Anything you might do differently next time?

It would be great to have my presentation entirely prepped before departing for the conference site so that when I’m there, all I have to be concerned about is showing up.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center Northwell Health: Gap Year Internship Program

Priority will be given to candidates who submit all materials by Friday, August 25, 2017

This 9-12 month paid research internship program is offered by Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York – part of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System).  The mission of the Division of General Pediatrics is to enhance the lives of children and families locally and nationally through clinical care, teaching, research and community service.  As such, our work falls into multiple domains: clinical medicine, clinical research, quality improvement, medical education, health policy, and administration.

This Clinical Research Internship will offer 3 – 4 accomplished students the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors within the Division of General Pediatrics on research projects on a wide variety of topics relevant to general pediatrics, ranging from pediatric health outcomes research to quality improvement to health services and health policy research.  Examples of ongoing projects in the Division of General Pediatrics include:

  • Impact of general screening for social determinants on health disparities among immigrant children;
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of pediatric obesity and breastfeeding promotion initiatives at multiple practice sites throughout Queens and Long Island;
  • Impact of innovations in the delivery of care for children with asthma;
  • Impact of Medicaid care coordination programs on children with complex medical and psychosocial needs;
  • Outcomes of adolescents with complex health needs transitioning to adult care;
  • Interventions to improve future planning for families of those with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


Research assistants will be integral members of our team in the Department of General Pediatrics, participating in all components of our projects.  Research Assistants (RA’s) will assist faculty with ongoing research projects and/or work collaboratively with one or more mentors in designing new projects of mutual interest. With the guidance of faculty, research assistants will learn to perform chart reviews, conduct in-depth interviews, administer in-person and online surveys, run focus groups, analyze and code transcripts, and analyze primary and secondary data.

Program Dates: Start and completion dates for the Gap Year internship are somewhat flexible. Priority will be given to applicants prepared to make at least a full-time 9 month commitment or longer, though alternate schedule arrangements will be considered.  With advance notice, research interns may take as many days off (without pay) as needed during their internship to visit medical schools for interviews.

Stipend:  This is a paid internship; interns will be paid $15.50 per hour for days worked.

To Apply: You must submit a completed application (PDF attached), a résumé, and an unofficial transcript.  All materials should be sent electronically using the subject line “Gap Year Research Internship” to Dr. Sophia Jan at

Application Process & Deadline:  There is a rolling submission deadline. However, priority will be given to candidates who submit all materials by Friday, August 25, 2017. The most promising candidates will be invited to interview by Skype, and notification of decisions will be made soon thereafter.

For Further Information:  The research internship is coordinated by Dr. Sophia Jan, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics. Questions regarding the Gap Year internship or the application process may be directed to her directly (