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A Workforce Recruitment Program Recruiter will be interviewing Middlebury students this fall!

Are you a student or recent graduate with a disability seeking an internship or job?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is for students and recent graduates with disabilities and serves as a primary pipeline for bringing new talent into the Federal Government. Applying is an excellent way to:

  • find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies
  • explore careers in the federal service
  • gain interviewing experience

For more information, contact Tim Mosehauer at Kitchel House, 152 College Street. tmosehau@middlebury.edu or 802.443.5105.

Internship Highlight: Brett Gilman, 2024.5 – Ecotype Project Intern at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut

“I am constantly surprised and enthralled by nature’s unending ability to amaze. This summer, I am interning at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, where my work is specifically focused on the Ecotype Project, an initiative working to create sources of truly local native wildflowers in Ecoregion 59 by sustainably harvesting and growing wild-collected seed. Ever since I first learned of the Ecotype Project back in my senior year of high school, I have been absolutely dedicated to native plants and pollinators. They are my passion. This internship has provided me with the opportunity to delve deeper into that passion by learning from the best. My task is to meet and interview many of the key stakeholders (farmers, nurserymen, botanists, non-profit organizations) that are involved in the initiative to learn from them how they do what they do. This will allow us to make protocols for each stakeholder archetype as the Ecotype Project builds this movement towards a replicable model. 

Each week, scientists from the Connecticut Agricultural Station visit the home-base farm for the Ecotype Project. At this farm, rows of 200 individuals per wildflower species are grown to create living seed banks. The scientists perform pollinator surveys on these plots each week as they bloom throughout the year, and I had the opportunity to shadow them and help them with their study last week. The most fascinating thing I learned was about an observation we made as we watched the luminescent pink blooms of Swamp Milkweed. We watched a miniscule one-millimeter hoverfly circle the bloom, bouncing from leaf to leaf, but never going for nectar. This was extraordinary, in the original sense of the word. After wild bees like bumblebees, flies are the most important pollinator group. A few days later, I was sitting on my front step watching the new blooms of my Black-Eyed Susans when a hoverfly appeared. It circled the bloom, bouncing between the leaves of abutting plants. And I watched it and followed it and photographed it. All of a sudden, a female hoverfly landed on the bloom. The two became entangled, and they zoomed off to a nearby leaf. At that moment, I realized I had just observed the behavior that the scientist had explained to me back at the Swamp Milkweed. Male hoverflies emerge earlier than the females, and they employ a mating strategy called patrolling that involves circling new blooms and waiting for females. I was absolutely fascinated, and quite thrilled that this extraordinary event had taken place right outside my door, all because I had planted the right plant in the right place, had opted not for ornamental and sterile traditional plants, but instead for native plants fit for these majestic wild pollinators.”

Internship Highlight: Cindy Cardona, 2022 – Animal Care Intern at the Niabi Zoo

What surprises you the most about your work experience?

I was surprised to see how involved zookeepers are in the lives of the animals they care for. It’s beautiful seeing how developed the relationships between them are. The animals even recognize the zookeepers’ voices, granted it could be because they associate it with food, but I’d like to believe it goes beyond that too.


What helped you to prepare for success during the internship and what are you most proud of achieving?

Communication and research were extremely helpful in my preparation, whether it was asking my supervisor questions before beginning the internship or looking into the company’s website for information. I am most proud of how capable I have been of providing proper animal husbandry to a variety of different animals. Summer internships are not very long so I am especially prideful of all that I have learned so far.


How are you developing personally and professionally throughout the internship?

This internship has allowed me to have hands-on experience with animals and develop various professional relationships. It has also provided me with a great deal of confidence and clarity in my future career decisions.


Do you have any advice for future interns?

It’s easy to doubt your abilities and compare yourself to other students, however, you were picked for a reason. Prove to your supervisors and to yourself that they were right in choosing your application out of the many that they received.

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Experience Summer in Vermont with one of the MiddWorks for Vermont PAID Internships!

Interested in making your mark in Vermont this summer? Experience SUMMER in VERMONT with one of these amazing MiddWorks for Vermont internships. The goal of these internships is for students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in making lasting change at the local or state level while working to further the mission of the organizations they will be serving.

There are some really wonderful internships posted now and more to come – apply by April 23rd and make an impact in Vermont this summer!

Have summer funding? Consider MiddCORE(x) as a supplement to your summer internship/experience!

Students that have funding from CCI, CCE, or the Innovation Hub get first priority into the cohort!

Over the course of eight sessions, sharpen your professional skill set, expand your network, explore possibilities, and up-level your potential. MiddCORE(x) is designed to work in conjunction with your summer experience, from anywhere!

In this mentor-powered program, you will be immersed in a community of support, offering advice, guidance, and mentorship to excel in your summer opportunity and prepare for what’s next. You will meet for two Sundays and Tuesday evenings May–July, 2021. Find your full schedule here. The program is open to Middlebury students with a focus on students enrolled in CCI, CCE, or Innovation Hub funded summer internships. Accepted students will receive $500 stipend for participation, all sessions required.

Invest in yourself this summer Apply Now!

Applications Due Sunday April 25, 2021

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Interested in making your mark in Vermont before you graduate? Consider these incredible VERMONT-based Internships!

Experience SUMMER in VERMONT with one of these amazing MiddWorks for Vermont internships. The goal of these internships is for students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in making lasting change at the local or state level while working to further the mission of the organizations they will be serving.

How do you find them, you ask? Simply click on the button below and apply via Handshake.

There are some really wonderful internships posted now and more to come – apply now and make an impact in Vermont this summer!

MiddCORE(x) in Collaboration with CCI

MiddCORE(x) works alongside your summer internship!

Over the course of eight sessions, sharpen your professional skill set, expand your network, explore possibilities, and up-level your potential. MiddCORE(x) is designed to work in conjunction with your summer experience, from anywhere!

In this mentor-powered program, you will be immersed in a community of support, offering advice, guidance, and mentorship to excel in your summer opportunity and prepare for what’s next. You will meet for two Sundays and Tuesday evenings May–July, 2021. Find your full schedule here. The program is open to Middlebury students with a focus on students enrolled in CCI, CCE, or Innovation Hub funded summer internships. Accepted students will receive $500 stipend for participation, all sessions required.

Invest in yourself this summer Apply Now!

Applications Due Sunday April 25, 2021

go/MiddCOREx