Summer P&P Internship applications now open! Deadline to apply is Jan. 15th!!

Would you like to:

  • Advocate for poor, Appalachian communities impacted by extractive industries in the mountains of Virginia?
  • Help people navigate the legal system and ensure their access to legal representation in a legal clinic in Baltimore?
  • Work with refugee communities in the Atlanta metro area?
  • Help ensure local kids have access to nutritious meals, and a little fun, even during the summer school break right here in Addison County?

There are so many great opportunities waiting for you, and we want to make sure you know about them! Visit our Internships page for more information!

The Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster offers funded summer internships with agencies that seek to work alongside vulnerable populations. Internships are available to non-graduating Middlebury students and are located in urban and rural settings here in Addison County and throughout the United States with agencies that serve in educational, healthcare, legal, housing, social and economic capacities for the needs of individuals and their communities.

Applications are now open on Handshake for summer 2019, and the deadline to apply is January 15th, 2018!

SHECP Closing Conference and Symposium 2017

Middlebury's SHECP National Interns pose for a picture at the Frueauff Closing Conference with P&P Directors. From left: James Davis, Gia Ould, Caitlin Klemme, Tiffany Sargent, Cicilia Robison, Rachel Roseman, Caleb Green, and Amirah Fauzi. Not pictured: Elizabeth Zhou.
Middlebury’s SHECP National Interns pose for a picture at the Frueauff Closing Conference with P&P Directors. From left: James Davis, Gia Ould, Caitlin Klemme, Tiffany Sargent, Cicilia Robison, Rachel Roseman, Caleb Green, and Amirah Fauzi. Not pictured: Elizabeth Zhou.

Middlebury’s SHECP national interns gathered together with over 100 interns, faculty, and staff from SHECP’s over 20 member institutions for the annual Frueauff Closing Conference and Symposium on Criminal Justice, Poverty, and Race. 

Cicilia Robison '18 presents on her experience as a SHECP intern at Posada Esperanza in Austin, TX.
Cicilia Robison ’18 presents on her experience as a SHECP intern at Posada Esperanza in Austin, TX.

Interns shared their experiences from their summer internships with one another during the Closing Conference held at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. 


Keynote speakers at the 2017 SHECP Symposium, held at the Virginia Military Institute’s Center for Leadership and Ethics, include Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University; James Forman, Jr., Professor of Law at Yale University; and Robin Steinberg, Director of the Bronx Defenders. These speakers were joined by Sarah Farmer, Research Faculty and Lecturer at Yale Divinity School. Dr. Farmer, a former Berea College Shepherd Intern, moderated the Panel among the speakers. 

Robin Steinberg, public defender and founder of The Bronx Defenders, spoke on “Re-entry for Dignity and a ‘Productive’ Life.” James Forman, Jr., son of a well-known civil rights leader, graduate of Yale Law School, and longtime public defender addressed “Just Prosecution, Defense, and Sentencing.” Paul Butler, a graduate of Harvard Law School and former prosecutor and defense attorney, discussed “Just Policing” which is also the topic of his new book, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.”

SHECP Intern Amirah Fauzi '18 presents on her experience at CodeInteractive in the Bronx.
SHECP Intern Amirah Fauzi ’18 presents on her experience at CodeInteractive in the Bronx.
SHECP interns, faculty, and staff pose for a picture at the Closing Conference.
SHECP interns, faculty, and staff pose for a picture at the Closing Conference.

Addison County Privilege & Poverty Internship 2017

Pictured: back row: James Calvin Davis (Academic Director for the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster), Wynne Ebner ’19, Jamison Fletcher ’18, Andrew Plotch ’18, Jack Parker ’19, Katie Corrigan ’19; front row: Tiffany N. Sargent (Internship Director for Privilege & Poverty), Anna Dennis ‘17.5, Yuliana Lopez ’18, Luna Shen (FoodWorks Intern) ‘19.5, and Emma McDonald ’16 (CCE AmeriCorps VISTA)

The summer 2017 Privilege & Poverty local interns meet weekly at the Center for Community Engagement for breakfast and discussion. Interns begin the summer sharing experiences from their internship, challenges and surprises, misconceptions and frustrations. Throughout the summer, they explore with P&P faculty and staff complicated moral questions related to economic inequality, bringing their internship experiences into the discussion to inform how they think about this complex social problem.  

P&P/SHECP UVM-Middlebury Mid-Summer Dinner

SHECP interns based in Vermont, Middlebury’s Addison County Privilege & Poverty interns, UVM staff and faculty, Middlebury staff and faculty, and many of our wonderful community partners gathered for the annual mid-summer dinner in Lincoln, VT.

The tradition continues! Our Privilege & Poverty Addison County interns gathered last night with community partners, SHECP national interns based in Vermont, and our colleagues from UVM for a wonderful reflection and discussion. Thank you to Nancy and Katie Shepherd, and Bern Terry for their gracious hospitality and a great evening of conversation and delicious food!

SHECP Opening Conference

from left: James Calvin Davis (Academic Director of Privilege & Poverty); Cicilia Robison ’18; Caleb Green ’19; Gia Gould ’19; Amirah Fauzi ’18; Sergio Nuñez-Xoconoxtle ’18; Tiffany Sargent ’79 (Internship Director of Privilege & Poverty). Not pictured: Caitlin Klemme ’18 and Elizabeth Zhou ’18

Our Privilege & Poverty national interns attended the SHECP 2017 Frueauff Opening Conference at Marymount University this weekend. This conference began to explore themes of poverty, incarceration and race, which will be the focus of the Closing Conference and Annual Symposium. Additionally, interns engaged in discussions on living and learning environments and cultural humility, getting to know one another before they travel to their internship sites and begin their internships!

Privilege & Poverty Celebrates First Cluster Graduate

Taylor Banaszewski ’17 receives her certificate of completion from James Calvin Davis, Academic Director of Privilege & Poverty

At the Privilege & Poverty End-of-Year Reception in May, students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the achievements of the Privilege & Poverty program this year, and in particular, of one student, Taylor Banaszewski ’17. Taylor is the first student to complete the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster – an Economics major and Sociology minor, Taylor took the Flagship Course in the fall of her junior year and completed a national P&P internship the summer before her senior year. She served as a Financial Capability Intern with Foundation Communities in Austin, TX, where supported financial coaching services and collected client success stories for the non-profit.

Adding in electives from a variety of disciplines, Taylor completed the Cluster with her senior thesis in Economics as her Capstone. In her thesis, which received Highest Honors, she conducted a quantitative analysis of the effect of status on a person’s willingness to acquire debt. She presented her thesis at the Spring Symposium in April and at the Economics Senior Thesis Poster Session in May. After her graduation from Middlebury this month, Taylor will begin a role at Bank of America this summer.  

Faculty affiliates, staff, and students gather outside the Center for Community Engagement for the Privilege & Poverty End-of-Year Reception


Podcast Series: Hunger & Homelessness in Addison County

podcast-graphic-jpgWelcome to the Center for Community Engagement’s Hunger & Homelessness Podcast Series! We hope you will give our series a listen and then check out some of the resources and opportunities for engagement found below!

In our first podcast, we chatted with Sam Kachmar, Associate Director of Housing Programs at Charter House.
In our second episode, we learned about John Graham Housing & Services with Director Elizabeth Ready.
Our third episode interviewed Lily Bradburn, Local Food Access Coordinator at HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects).
Our fourth installment featured Erika Paine of the Apartment Management Division at Addison County Community Trust (ACCT).
Our fifth episode will feature Middlebury Foods, an entirely student-run nonprofit that sells and delivers fresh produce and much more each month in five Addison County towns.

Find out more about each of these organizations by listening to our podcast series! Interested in volunteering with these community partners? Scroll down to find contact information for each organization under “get involved.”

Articles and Resources

Check out this fact sheet on homelessness in Addison County and Vermont.

Check out this fact sheet on hunger in Addison County and Vermont.

Read this article on homelessness and gentrification in New York City.

Watch this Hunger Free Vermont video advocating for universal school meals in Vermont.


Book Recommendation
Read “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” a new book by Matthew Desmond, sociology professor with the Justice and Poverty Project at Harvard and 2015 recipient of the MacArthur Genuis Grant. In this gripping non-fiction work, Desmond details the experiences of homelessness, eviction, and poverty of 8 Milwaukee families and explores the roles of tenants, landlords, and the city in cycles of eviction and poverty. Find out more about the book here. Consider checking it out from Davis Family Library.
Learn more about author Matthew Desmond and read stories of homelessness he’s collected at
Listen to this podcast interview with the author to find out more about the project.



Join the Charter House Coalition Student Group
Luna Shen,
The Charter House Coalition is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing in and around Middlebury, VT. Charter House Coalition student organization helps organize student volunteers to make and serve meals to Charter House guests, promoting a sense of community to all members of our community. As volunteers, students can participate in any meal preparation and service and winter shelter shifts. Charter House also hosts several interns throughout the academic year and summer to assist in their meal programs, organic garden initiatives, staff the family shelter, and coordinating volunteers.

Join Friends of John Graham
Will McDonald,
John Graham Shelter serves individuals and families by offering short-term emergency shelter, casework, and referrals to other agencies. They seek volunteers to assist with childcare or to serve as long-term mentors. Friends of the John Graham Shelter make balanced, nutritious dinners every Thursday at the shelter for residents. On Wednesdays, a cohort of students helps the residents with English language learning, homework and tutoring. A variety of new volunteer opportunities will be available this year. Contact the student leaders for more info!

Join Habitat for Humanity: Middlebury Chapter
Habitat for Humanity works to address the challenges of affordable housing by helping with local builds, fundraising, and assisting with local chapter events. The Middlebury College Chapter also organizes an alternative spring break trip every year – visit go/habtrips to sign up!

Volunteer with Addison County Community Trust (ACCT)
Elise Shanbacker, 802-877-2626,
Addison County Community Trust works to create affordable housing while regarding Smart Growth ideals; the non-profit currently owns and operates over 600 units of permanently affordable housing. They seek volunteers to work on rehab and beautification projects for ACCT properties.

Volunteer with HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects)
Jeanne Montross, Executive Director, 802-388-3608,
Lily Bradburn, Food Access Coordinator, 802-388-3608 ext. 225,
HOPE is a locally controlled, locally funded poverty relief organization. They run the largest food shelf in Addison County, the RetroWorks thrift store, and provide numerous poverty-relief services to members of the community. Through their food shelf, HOPE tries to provide healthy, nutritious food through their Local Food Access Program and as a member organization of the Vermont Gleaning Collective. Volunteers are needed to help with the organization’s new gleaning project and help process produce.

Join Middlebury Foods
Charlie Mitchell ’18, 978-335-3875,
Middlebury Foods is an independent nonprofit organization run entirely by a group of fun, passionate, and dedicated Middlebury students. Middlebury Foods seeks to provide residents of Addison County with easy access to fresh and affordable food. They deliver groceries every month in five Addison County towns. This is a great opportunity for students interested in food justice, community service, and/or social entrepreneurship.

Have your team or organization cook community supper! Or attend as an individual!

Bridport Community Supper
Katie Welch,
Bridport Community Suppers seek volunteers to host free meals for the Bridport community every Friday night during the coldest months (roughly November through April). Each week, 4-6 volunteers plan, prepare, and share meals.

Charter House Coalition Community Supper

Dottie Neuberger,
Each week, a volunteer group prepares a Community Supper for about 200 guests every Friday night at the Congregational Church in Middlebury. The group also seeks individuals, weekly, to prepare and preserve food to share at Community Suppers; contact Dottie for more information about how your group can get involved with processing (washing, prepping, freezing, etc.) produce, baking desserts, or preparing meals.

Privilege & Poverty Luncheon: “The American Dream”

Students discuss inequality and the “American Dream” over lunch at the Center for Community Engagement

Privilege & Poverty students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Center for Community Engagement for a lunchtime discussion of the “American Dream.” Organized by Privilege & Poverty CCE student interns with faculty guest Matthew Lawrence (Sociology), students discussed together how the concept of the “American Dream”  has impacted how we think about inequality, privilege, and poverty. 


Introducing Our Privilege & Poverty Team for 2016-2017

from left: Academic Director James Calvin Davis, Internship Director Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79, CCE P&P Intern Kate Johnson ’18, CCE P&P Intern Taylor Banaszewski ’17, and CCE AmeriCorps VISTA Emma McDonald ’16

This year, Internship Director Tiffany Sargent ’79 and Academic Director James Calvin Davis are joined by three team members: 

  • Emma McDonald ’16 is serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA Poverty Initiatives Coordinator at the Center for Community Engagement, and will help coordinate the Privilege & Poverty Cluster. A 2016 graduate of Middlebury, Emma has taken the Flagship Course and worked with the Center for Community Engagement as a student staff member. She is looking forward to a great year!
  • Kate Johnson ’18 will continue in her role as a Privilege & Poverty CCE student intern. Kate was a 2015 SHECP intern at Tapestri in Atlanta, GA, and looks forward to continuing her involvement in the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster. 
  • Taylor Banaszewski ’17 served as a 2016 SHECP summer intern at Foundation Communities in Austin, TX. She will work towards completing the Cluster this year and is excited to be part of the P&P team. 

Privilege & Poverty interns present at the 2016 Clifford Symposium

Doug Wilson ’18 presents on his summer internship at the Charter House Coalition in Middlebury.
Toni Cuevas ’18 presents on her summer internship at CodeInteractive in New York City.

Summer 2016 Privilege & Poverty interns participated in a poster session as part of the 2016 Clifford Symposium, the theme of which was “Fully Present: The Art and Science of Mindful Engagement.” Read more about interns’ Clifford presentations here


We celebrated our Privilege & Poverty interns’ presentations afterward with a P&P BBQ at the Center for Community Engagement for faculty, students, and staff involved with P&P.