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*NOT OFFERED 2019* Urban Education Internship (EDST 0337)

Every winter term the Education Studies Program arranges for students to do field placements in an urban setting.  Generally, we can support up to six students depending on housing needs, priority is given to licensure minors.  The prerequisite for participating in this class is EDST 0115 or SOAN 0215.

The purpose of this month long internship is to:

  1. provide the opportunity for you to become familiar with the true joys and real challenge of urban education generally, and
  2. get to know a group of students in one classroom such that you might actually have opportunities to facilitate their learning.

In order to increase the likelihood that we will meet both of these objectives students are placed with Middlebury College alumni who are teachers in public schools.  Placements will not shift around the city to different schools, but rather a long term placement in one school in order that it might actually lead to more meaningful interactions for the intern and genuine learning for the students.  Our alumni are familiar with the Middlebury College Education Program and understand what a J term is as well as what is, and is not, possible in one month.  All placement teachers are also marvelous, dedicated, exemplary educators.

What about the inauguration?

Unfortunately hotel room costs during the inauguration week are prohibitive.  All EDST 0337 students will travel to Middlebury for that week and take classes on campus with Prof. Affolter before traveling back to DC to finish the internship.  The Education Studies Program will cover the cost of train tickets to/from DC during that week.

Do I get credit?

Yes, this counts as a winter term course for credit.  It is graded pass/fail.

What will my internship be like?

Students will be in classrooms Monday-Friday. (Exceptions include the first and second week of school, this will be discussed when we meet on campus this fall.) During the first and final week there will be extra seminars held at the Middlebury offices in D.C. These seminars will take place after the school day.

Where do I live?

Students in need of housing will share rooms at the Adam's Inn in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington D.C.  The College will cover the cost of the rooms.

Adam's Inn
1746 Lanier Pl NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-745-3600
Where will I work?

You will be placed in a public school which will require a background check (with fingerprinting) and a TB screening.  (The Parton Health Center will work with students who need a screening test once you are enrolled.)

The exact location of your school will depend on the alumni involved.

The on-site coordinator for the program is:

Fariha Haque
Director, Middlebury in DC
1400 K Street, NW,
Suite 1225
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-842-3100 ext 314

What should I wear?

Please plan to dress in business casual unless you are told otherwise.

What about meals?

The Education Studies Program provides a daily meal stipend, typically the checks are sent to your home address during the recess.

What about the rest of my time?

The days are long, intense and exhausting in this internship.  However, the weekends are free for you to explore D.C.  Each student will receive a 28-Day Fast Pass for unlimited Metrorail travel.

There are many websites you can use to find free or "suggested donation" museums and events.  Our Middlebury D.C. office is also a great resource for getting to know our nation's capital.

When should I arrange my travel?

Please plan to arrive at the Adam's Inn before dinner on January 8. We will be meeting as a group at that time and checking into rooms. We will provide dinner that evening.

Please plan your return trip for Feb 3. The last day in schools is Thursday, Feb 2.

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