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Hear from Pete Steinle ’92 about how to attract and retain the best possible talent in the next MIDDVantage interview!

We are excited to continue our fourth MIDDVantage series, Exploring Careers in Innovation: Start-Ups to Larger Enterprises! The next episode in the series is:

People: Attracting and Retaining the Best Possible Talent with our guest Pete Steinle ’92, Partner at Lightspeed Ventures. Pete was interviewed by Lucas Cappelletti ’23.

Check out the latest episode (20 minutes) and keep an eye out for new episodes each week.

Alumni Referred Finance Internship Opportunities

Middlebury alumni are eager to receive applications for the following opportunities posted in Handshake! Applications reviewed as they are received. Please APPLY EARLY!

Internship – Investment Banking Analyst (Renewable Energy spring and summer internships). Karbone Inc. is a fully-integrated financial services firm that specializes in renewable and traditional energy markets. The firm houses key strengths in Capital Markets / M&A, Brokerage, and Research services. Over the past decade, Karbone has successfully helped its clients secure long-term revenue contracts, funding sources, and key analytical information to help them achieve their investment and trading goals. Deadline is Dec. 31.

Immersion Program – The PeakSpan Growth Equity Immersion program was created to provide current rising sophomores from underrepresented groups (including students of color, women, and LGBTQA students), with a unique and rich opportunity to gain direct exposure to growth equity.
This will be an immersive five-day program taking place in August 2021 consisting of education, mentorship, networking and a case study competition. It will be fully remote and requires participants to have access to a computer and internet connection. Deadline is Dec. 31.

Internship – PeakSpan Capital is an emerging growth stage investment firm with a simple, focused mission of partnering with innovative business software entrepreneurs to help them achieve excellent risk-adjusted outcomes. PeakSpan looks to partner with businesses that have removed the binary risk levers typically associated with early stage venture capital, where product-market fit has been established and the next phase of growth and maturation focuses on execution and sensible scaling initiatives. PeakSpan further refines its lens by taking a deeply thematic approach to investing, with investment professionals focusing on no more than 3-4 segments or themes for each team member within the B2B software landscape (PeakSpan’s “BluePrint Market Themes”), which are aligned around dynamic segments of the software universe such as Customer Experience Management, Next-Gen Security, Human Capital Management, Hospitality Technology, Digital Health, etc. which the firm has conviction will be attractive areas to evaluate for years to come. Deadline is Dec. 31.

Job – Investment Analyst at Seven Post Investment Office in San Francisco. This position is ideal for someone who has had multiple internship, are who is an alum with at least one year of experience. Deadline is Jan. 1.

Job – 2021 Deutsche Bank Analyst Program – Finance. These opportunities are in Jacksonville, Florida. Thid team provides timely, accurate, relevant and independent information and analysis to meet external reporting requirements, drives resource allocation, challenges and enables business decisions and safeguards the financial position of the bank. The Jacksonville office’s work helps maximize the sustainable performance of the bank across its divisions. The diverse teams offers a broad portfolio of capabilities: the coverage of internal and external stakeholders is delivered by aligned teams (Group Finance), supported by specialized functions (Group Tax, Treasury, Planning and Performance Management, Investor Relations) as well as change enablers (Finance Change). Together, the team oversees all financial details for Deutsche Bank globally. Deadline is Jan. 3.

Internship – Brokerage/Research Intern (Renewable Energy spring and summer internships). Karbone Inc. is a fully-integrated financial services firm that specializes in renewable and traditional energy markets. The firm houses key strengths in Capital Markets / M&A, Brokerage, and Research services. Over the past decade, Karbone has successfully helped its clients secure long-term revenue contracts, funding sources, and key analytical information to help them achieve their investment and trading goals. Deadline is Jan. 31.

The Relationship Between Well-Being and Volunteer Experience

Reflections from Middlebury College students and CCE AmeriCorps VISTA member. Written for Middlebury College Campus Well blog.

How does building meaningful relationships with others, especially through service, support our well-being? Many people have had some volunteer experience at some point in their lives and the common consensus is that it feels good–to do something worthwhile, to focus on others’ needs rather than our own for a change. It seems that we are all, on some level, aware of the psychological benefits that come from volunteering. 

Based on a study cited in the Corporation for National and Community Service, “[t]hose who give support through volunteering experience greater health benefits than those who receive support” (pg. 3). Indeed, the strong “connection between volunteering, social psychological factors, and social networks” has been captured in what is known as the “social integration theory” or “role theory,” (4). A person’s numerous social roles naturally bring about different social connections. To know our role–and to know that we have a role–within a community gives us a sense of purpose and belonging. 

Our first taste at volunteer work almost always includes these feelings of significance and satisfaction. Nathaniel, a Middlebury student, remembers his earliest experience with volunteering as a Scout Troop. The younger boys were called upon to help the older boys complete their service projects, with the promise of cookies and other treats in return. “As I grew older,” Nathaniel reflects, “ I didn’t need the food as a reward but sought the satisfaction of completion and significance… We did not directly interact with community members while working on the trails, but returning to the land to see people using our trails left me satisfied. I looked at a job well done, and saw how our project improved the land and people’s well-being.” Knowing that our work has a positive impact on the larger community no doubt makes us feel that we are doing something right and something very significant. 

Moreover, volunteering helps us create meaningful relationships with people we usually don’t interact with. In turn, we may find ourselves experiencing personal growth. Lauren, a Middlebury student coordinator of the student service organizations, found that she was saying yes to more opportunities because of her experiences with volunteering: “I’m always prepared and ready to take on a new challenge, and I like doing so. I think that quality stems from my time volunteering when I was younger.” 

 Besides being open to trying new, different things we may also experience a change in perspectives due to the people we meet. Lauren works with a number of student-led service organizations. To her, it has been inspiring to see how they work with the community at large and she feels grateful for being a part of a wonderful group of people. After all, the people we get to meet often makes the work we do even more worthwhile. 

Nathaniel, in working with the Charter House Coalition at Middlebury, reflects that guests he’s met there have changed his views and reconsidered his opinions on numerous topics. “I love meeting people,” Nathaniel continues, “and the townsfolk of Middlebury are different from Middlebury College students. I feel thankful, and a more complete person for having volunteered there.” 

Jilly, a recent Middlebury graduate and a current AmeriCorps VISTA Member, echoes Lauren and Nathaniel’s experiences of personal growth from volunteering: “Service helps me to look outside myself and my problems, while also growing who I am as a person,” she starts, “When done well, there is a reciprocal relationship, where I’m learning more about the systems in which I operate, the needs that exist, and where my place is to make a positive impact or even take a step back and allow others to chart their own course.” Service makes us realize that problems exist “outside [of ourselves” and this realization helps us become more in tune with the rest of our community and, at most, the world. This connection helps us grow as individuals, because it allows us to see our own place within a bigger system and realize where our help is needed and where they aren’t.  

With her experiences volunteering in her own community, within Middlebury, and abroad Jilly found “the importance of taking one’s time to listen to the would-be recipients of service, to see where [her] ideas match reality, and how to respond productively where they don’t.” Not only does this apply to service work that she does, it also can apply to how she thinks about her relationship with others. Jilly adds, humorously, “Does my sister REALLY want more of my hand-me-down stuff when she never asks for it? Or am I just too lazy to go to Goodwill or properly recycle it?” 

While volunteering creates a lot of room for personal growth, it is important to remember that volunteering is ultimately about other people. The common conception that volunteering is the “right thing to do” is not wrong, but service work involves more than that. The lessons we learn sometimes vary depending on the type of volunteer work we do. Jilly’s most impactful experience with volunteer work was with MAlt (Middlebury Alternative Break Trips), She went to San Antonio Texas to provide Spanish-language legal advocacy to asylum-seeking families being detained in private prisons by ICE. “The work was hard, rewarding and often heartbreaking,” Jilly reflects, “we were able to not only do our part effectively, but to process the difficult feelings that come with serving a serious need, while knowing that out role is one tiny part of a complex system that won’t change because of our service.” Jilly highlights a very important aspect of volunteering. 

While giving back to others certainly feels good, it is also very important to be aware of how much our work is helping others, if they are at all. We volunteer not because we want to feed our own feelings of self-importance. Rather, we volunteer to try to genuinely help others however we can–even if our impact is small. And being aware of our impact certainly helps us keep our intentions genuine and helps us practice some humility.

Article: Erick Masias ’18 Reflects on His First Week at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern

BY MELISSA ROHMAN ON AUG 20, 2020

First-year medical student Erick Masias was excited to return home to Chicago and begin his medical school career at Feinberg. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed what Welcome Week activities looked like this year for first-year students, Masias said he’s nonetheless excited to start his medical school journey.

Masias, originally from Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, graduated in 2018 from Middlebury College in Vermont with a major in neuroscience. In his free time, he enjoys playing music (guitar, piano and singing), biking along Chicago’s lakefront, baking bagels, and playing spikeball and softball.

Read a Q&A below to learn more about Masias’ first week at Feinberg, why he wanted to go to medical school and what he’s looking forward to doing over the next four years.

Curious what it is like to be a Product Manager? Check out the latest MIDDVantage interview with Caroline Goodwin ’14!

The Product Manager role – Ideal for Liberal Arts Students!

We are excited to continue our FOURTH MIDDVantage series, Exploring Careers in Innovation: Start-Ups to Larger Enterprises! The next episode in the series is:

Product Manager Role – Ideal for Liberal Arts Students with our guest Caroline Goodwin ’14, Senior Product Manager at PlacePass. Caroline was interviewed by Adam Wisco ’22.

Check out the latest episode (33 minutes) and keep an eye out for new episodes each week.

Morgan Stanley Student Ambassador Office Hours at Middlebury College

First-year and sophomore Middlebury students are invited to take a break from the books to drop in for a virtual networking session with Morgan Stanley Middlebury Student Ambassadors.

Come hear perspectives on the recruiting process and Summer Analyst opportunities firsthand from your peers who recently completed internships.

Date: Monday, December 14th

Time: 5:00-6:00pm EST

Location: Zoom

Please click here to register for this event. You will receive an email in advance of the networking session with Zoom details.

Connect with Top Graduate International Relations Schools

These are great events to choose from where you can learn about four of the top International Relations Graduate Programs in the northeast. You will hear from alumni and admissions representatives from all of the programs.

The schools presenting will include:

• Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

• Georgetown University – Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

• Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

• Tufts University – The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

RSVP for the following dates:

November 17 at 9 pm click HERE

December 17 at 5:30 pm click HERE