Tag Archives: Social Impact

Preparing for your Summer Internship!

You’ve landed the internship or have plans to secure one soon. How do you prepare for your internship and get the most from your summer experience? Hear from a panel of students giving their best tips and advice on making the most of your internship. The conversation will include working with supervisors, taking initiative, what to do when you make a mistake or don’t know how to do an assigned task, organizing your work, negotiating conflict in the workplace, advocating for yourself, preparing for and ending your internship strong, and more! There will be time for your questions as well.

Making the Most of your Internship!
Monday, April 26, 5:00-6:00 pm
RSVP here!

Brought to you by Blueprint and the Center for Careers and Internships.

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!

Climate Action Fellowship is Hiring their Second Cohort

With its launch in the Fall of 2020, the Climate Action Fellowship program offers students from various backgrounds and disciplines the opportunity to deeply engage in collaborative thinking and skill development on how to confront the climate crisis in meaningful ways. Fellows work together (and with partners and mentors) to identify their own roles and theories of change while supporting the engaged learning pillar of Energy2028. They coordinate with groups on campus and in the community through a mix of defined projects and projects of their own design to envision pathways for all students to leave Middlebury with the knowledge, motivation, and capacity to act on climate change in just and equitable ways.

Applications are open March 15 – April 25th 2021 for the second cohort!

Click HERE for more details about the 2021-2022 Fellowship

Sustainability Solutions Lab is Hiring

The Sustainability Solutions Lab (SSL) is a program through the Office of Sustainability Integration. The SSL, located in the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, provides our community with resources, information and support to carry out sustainability-related projects on campus dealing typically with waste, energy and transportation. The SSL employs student interns who work either during the regular fall and spring semesters or intensively over the summer and Winter Term. This opportunity is a great way to gain skills and experience doing project-based consulting work while being a full-time student.

We are hiring summer interns! Read more and apply here by 5pm on Sunday, April 18th 2021.

You can read about what it’s like to be a part of the SSL on the SSL Blog. Currently, the SSL is playing a major role in meeting the goals of Energy2028. Contact Eva Fillion (efillion@middlebury.edu) if you have any questions.

Solve Climate by 2030 – Vermont panel

Tuesday, April 13 , 7:00p ET
Register for webinar here to receive Zoom link  

Tune in to this webinar hosted by Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest on behalf of “Solve Climate By 2030,” a global teach-in designed to accelerate local solutions to climate change. The Vermont webinar is open to the public and is one of over 100 events in fifty countries, including 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. It will feature the work of Middlebury students and their community partners in an environmental studies course for seniors who collaborate with local organizations to address current sustainability issues in the region and elsewhere.

“Vermont farmers, educators, brewers, manufacturers, healthcare providers, policymakers, families, and individuals are all equal members of the Vermont community,” said Kate Holly ’21, an environmental studies major taking the course this spring and a member of the webinar’s three-person panel. “We can act on the individual level, as I believe we all should, but we should also be looking to take action together as a community. There is hope in this unified action.”

The Vermont panel, which will be moderated by Jonathan Isham, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, is scheduled to include:
•    Johanna Miller, Energy and Climate Program Director, the Vermont Natural Resources Council 
•    Cara Robechek, Network Manager, the Energy Action Network 
•    Kate Holly ‘21, Middlebury College student and Sustainability Consultant and Writer, Middlebury College

The panelists will offer their perspectives on pursuing a just and sustainable energy transition in Vermont, presenting three ongoing class projects designed to support a diverse climate-economy workforce, affordable clean-energy methods of transportation for low-income households, and zero-net energy housing for migrant workers on dairy farms. Registered participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar, which will be recorded for public use by Vermont educators and others.

Celebrate Earth Week @ Middlebury: 4/19-23

How do we build a just and equitable future at Middlebury as we address the climate crisis? How might Energy2028 play a part in that? What should we consider in the future? We are thrilled to have the chance to dive into these ideas and many others during a series of Earth Week Energy2028 events planned for April 19-23, and we invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to join in the conversation! These events will serve to help us understand how Middlebury College has approached climate priorities and the paths we should consider going forward. 

  • Monday, April 19, 5pm: a discussion of our past and how we arrived at Energy2028 featuring Middlebury College President Laurie Patton, Provost Jeff Cason, Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben, 350.org co-founder Phil Aroneanu ‘06.5, students, and others.
  • Wednesday, April 21, 5pm: a discussion of our present—our progress, priorities, and challenges in implementing Energy2028 to date, especially as we seek to integrate justice in our work and navigate COVID-19. This panel will highlight work from across campus.
  • Friday, April 23: open-ended facilitated discussion sessions will consider our future, both between now and 2028 and beyond. 
    • 10:00 am: Educational Integration (SIGN UP)
    • 11:00 am: Integrating Justice into Energy2028 (SIGN UP)
    • 12:00 pm: Building a just climate community between the region and the college (SIGN UP)
    • 1:00 pm: What happens after 2028 and how should we get there? (SIGN UP

Food Programs Coordinator Position with HOPE

HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects in Addison County) will be looking to hire a Food Programs Coordinator.

Job Description 

We are looking for a competent Program Coordinator who is passionate about healthy food and food justice to undertake a variety of program tasks. You will carry out important operational duties including oversight of a large, thriving Food Shelf, farm pickups, leading groups in farm gleans, distribution of produce to other charitable food sites, implementation of pop-up food distribution events, and more. Must be detail-oriented, comfortable working with diverse groups, and able to foster successful working relationships with volunteers. 


  • Plan and coordinate food education events 
  • Help build positive relations in the community 
  • Ensure the provision of healthy food to those who are food insecure in a manner which respects dignity, choice, and empowerment 
  • Plan and implement food education activities 
  • Oversee the smooth operation of a clean, well stocked food shelf 
  • Ensure that surplus supermarket and bakery goods are ready for distribution each morning 
  • Keep updated records and create reports or proposals 


  • Proven experience as program coordinator or relevant position 
  • Knowledge of using fresh produce to create healthy meals 
  • Knowledge of food safety practices 
  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office and social media 
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills 
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills 
  • Detail-oriented and efficient 
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Experience in driving a truck helpful 
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in local food systems 
  • Ability to work outside in varying weather conditions, and to lift and carry boxes of food 

To apply, send resume and letter of interest to receptionist@hope-vt.org