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Conflict Transformation Student Trek to Washington, DC on June 5-8! Application Deadline 4/17.

Students interested in areas of conflict transformation, including peace and security studies and migration and refugee issues, will be exposed to real-world professional experiences that will enable them to inform their career exploration and other post-graduate planning. This is a collaboration with the Middlebury in DC office and is funded by the $25 million grant to support programming in conflict transformation.

This will be an immersive “living and learning” experience organized around opportunities to meet with alumni and visit many different kinds of organizations. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 17 at 11:59 PM.

FAQ for DC Trek applicants:

As you consider applying for this exciting opportunity, we’ve collected a few questions that might be on your mind to help you be informed as you decide whether to apply or not.

What if my internship starts right around that week of June 6 when this trip is happening?

We encourage you to discuss this with your supervisor. In some cases this could be an actual good thing to attend and then start your internship. A contact or supervisor at your internship might be more understanding than you think. Let us know if you want to discuss this more. We realize this could be an issue but hope it’s not a big obstacle.

Will you really pay for all expenses to get me to DC? Like air tickets, food and hotels too?

Yup! We know it can be expensive, and will work with you within reason to make this affordable because we think it’s worth it. We’ll include dinner Sunday night, then 3 meals on Monday and Tuesday, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday before the program ends. We’ll work with you to make travel arrangements to arrive in DC on Sunday evening, then depart on Wednesday late afternoon. We’ll also cover subway fares or other local transport in DC. And you’ll have housing on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings.

What organizations will we be visiting?

Good question. We are building this trip as we speak. We have some places in mind now, and depending on who is selected for the trip, we may adapt and try new visits. The purpose is to show you a wide range of interesting organizations doing work in this area. We will probably be visiting 2-3 places per day, with a reflection activity in the evening to help you process all you are learning.

What happens after this trip?

We hope you make connections with alumni and learn about the variety of opportunities that exist. You can use this trip as a spring board to investigate internships for future summers or explore how it connects to future classes you want to take on campus. We anticipate you will return to your scheduled summer internship or job or go home after the program ends.

I’m not sure if this trip is right for me, why should I apply? What are you looking for in candidates?

If you’re curious, open minded and are ready to learn, this trip is for you. If you’ve always wanted to visit DC, or have been in the past and want to go again, this trip is for you. All majors are welcome. All class years are welcome. In fact, younger students like first years might be the best. If you think you know what conflict transformation is, join us. Better yet, if you’re still working it out, that’s fine too, we will discover and explore together.


Connect with Midd Alums at the International Politics and Economics (IPEC) Field Guide On December 9-10, 2021

On December 9-10, alumni return for the INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND ECONOMICS FIELD GUIDE

Join us for the panel Thursday night at 5:00 p.m. in Hillcrest 103, The Orchard to hear how these alumni went from campus to career!

They can help you answer the question, “What can I do with my IPEC major?” At these events, you will have the chance to connect with alumni, faculty, and other students.

IPEC Event Overview

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Career Panel,  5:00 p.m. in Hillcrest 103, The Orchard, Franklin Environmental Center
Sign up in Handshake.

Friday, December 10, 2021
One-on-One Career Chats
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
via Zoom and in person (full bios links to schedule available below)

Sebastian R. Astrada ‘02
Director/AVP of Financial Institution Formations + Transactions at US Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Sebastian in Handshake

Sebastian leads the Financial Institution Formations + Transactions team at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  He manages a team of five supervisory analysts that process applications and notices from banks and fintechs in the 12th District.  Prior to this role, he managed regulatory affairs for Capital One’s global finance, digital, and technology functions, and led regulatory policy on emerging technology topics that ran the gamut from blockchain and machine learning to cybersecurity and open banking.  Before joining Capital One, he was a senior attorney at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System where he advised on mergers and acquisitions in addition to participating in Dodd-Frank rule makings.

Chinyere W. Amadi Dufour ‘10
Senior Evaluation Officer at National Research Council Canada

Chinyere is currently the Senior Evaluation Officer at the National Research Council on Canada. Her job entails leading program evaluations and providing technical advice and recommendations to departmental staff and senior management on organizational performance priorities, results measurement, program development, program implementation and adaptive management.

She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree (honors) in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. She is also a proud alumna of Lester B. Pearson United World College, where she had the privilege of living, studying and fostering relationships with over 200 change makers from over 90 countries.

Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with multiple stakeholders at all levels of organizational structures and across a wide variety of sectors in North America, The Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Asia. She is bilingual with excellent written and oral communication skills in English and intermediate skills in French.

She considers herself to be a global citizen as she has roots in several countries. She currently resides in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and two young sons.

Douglas Gledhill ‘14
Senior Consultant at EY-Parthenon
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Doug in Handshake

Doug was a 2014 IPEC major and currently works as a consultant at EY-Parthenon in Boston. He just graduated from Yale University in May 2021 with an MBA and an MA in Global Affairs. He has worked for Amazon.com in operations finance, the Eurasia Group as a political risk strategy consultant, and is hoping to specialize in tech policy work while at EY-Parthenon.

He speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese, all of which he studied at Middlebury.

Connect with Doug on Midd2Midd.

Martina Szabo ‘12
Lead for Strategy and Transformation at World Economic Forum
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Martina in Handshake

Martina has been with the World Economic Forum since 2016. She is currently Lead, Strategy and Transformation for the Global Programming Group and a Global Leadership Fellow. In 2020-21, Martina established and led business engagement and strategy for the COVID Action Platform. Prior to this, she built and led partnerships with companies from Europe and North America, particularly in the Healthcare and Consumer industries. Martina has previous experience as a strategy consultant focused on developing and sustaining public-private partnerships to advance global health. She has her Master of Public Health from Columbia University and BA in International Politics and Economics and Philosophy from Middlebury College.

Carolyn Weir ‘11
Executive Director at J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Carolyn in Handshake

Carolyn is the executive director of the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, a Vermont-based foundation that envisions a Vermont where college and career training creates greater equity and resilience. The McClure Foundation is an affiliate of the Vermont Community Foundation, where Carolyn contributes to grantmaking and community investment efforts as a senior philanthropic advisor. Prior to her work with both foundations, she was employed in anti-poverty and community economic development efforts at nonprofits in Vermont and New York. She and her husband and son live a few minutes from the Middlebury College campus.

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 10

Your To Do for Week Ten:

You’ve been working hard all #NoFailFall to set yourself up for success — now, for your last week, celebrate by applying to jobs or internship listings that excite you. Your Handshake profile is looking sharp… it’s time to put it to good use!

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 9

Your To Do for Week Nine:

This week of Handshake’s #NoFailFall, carve out your place in Handshake’s community!

One of the best ways to help other job-seekers on Handshake is to review your experience in a role. It’s quick to write feedback about what you liked, what you wish was different, and advice for other students considering similar roles. ⁠⁠You can also answer other users’ questions (such as “what skills will help me succeed as a summer analyst at a major investment bank?”) and ask new ones to hear advice from folks who’ve been there.

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 8

Your To Do for Week Eight:

This week of Handshake’s #NoFailFall, follow a few employers that catch your eye. ⁠

Did you know that following companies on Handshake has a benefit? You’ll receive notifications whenever employers you follow post jobs or attend events for students at your school. Plus, you’re showing us what sorts of organizations you’re interested in so that we can recommend more relevant jobs for you.

In short, you’re making your Handshake experience better now AND in the future!

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 7

Your To Do for Week Seven:

This #NoFailFall, help teach Handshake to recommend the best jobs for you!

Saving jobs, internships, volunteer positions, and other listings that interest you shows us what types of opportunities you want to see in the future. Plus, saving listings makes it easy to find them again when you’re ready to apply.

⁠⁠Get more tips for improving your job recommendations here.

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 6

Your To Do for Week Six:

This week of Handshake’s #NoFailFall, log into Handshake and see what virtual events you can attend.

Navigate to the events page using the top menu bar, then use the “Virtual” filter.

Register for an event that interests you, and don’t forget to sign up for 1:1 and group sessions with employers in advance to save your spot.