Cultivating leadership using an educational approach comprised of systems thinking, experiential learning, and cohort living.

What does it mean for you?

  • The chance to touch, taste, and work within a local food system.
  • Engagement in a learning community around food systems, as students live and participate together.

"FoodWorks showed me the social, environmental, and economic value of farms beyond purely producing food. I want to connect more people with their land, environment, and food systems in a meaningful way. My cheese making operation will be open to Middlebury students as a place to learn about small-scale, sustainable farming and I hope to one day welcome FoodWorks interns!"

-Linnea Burnham '14.5

(Linnea received a Watson fellowship to study cheese around the world, before returning to VT to make cheese at Double Star Farm.) 

Our Internships

While there are several internships with a traditional focus on food & agriculture, many of the opportunities appeal to students interested in the following career fields and/or skills and interests: Retail & Merchandising, Government and Policy; Communications & Media, Economic Development, Education, Research, Science & Technology, Architecture & Planning, Non-profit, Business and Consulting, Social Entrepreneurship, Health, Community Organizing, Event Planning and Coordination, and more. You recieve a list once you have been accepted. 

Our Locations

Middlebury Vermont Fellows will be housed on the Middlebury College campus, which lies in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. The valley features small towns, working farms and forests, and borders the vast Green Mountain National Forest. Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, is an hour away. Lake Champlain, the sixth largest lake in the U.S., forms the western edge of Vermont and the valley, and is fed by many local rivers and waterways. People from all over the world come to study the strong local food movement, driven by community based agriculture. 

Washington D.C. (ON HOLD FOR 2018) fellows will be housed at George Washington University located in the exciting Foggy Bottom district. The apartment are across from the Metro for easy transportation to internship sites. There is also a weekly farmer's market across the street and several fun restaurants. You will meet the movers and shakers of D.C.'s dynamic urban food system.

Louisville, Kentucky (ON HOLD FOR 2018)Fellows will be housed in apartments at The Province located near the University of Louisville. Lousiville was just voted the number one food city by National Geographic. This location has had a vibrant revival of local food and is a hop and a skip from the Berry's Center, where fellows spend their final 5th day with the renowned Wendell Berry! Check out the photos of last summer's cohort.

FoodWorks Team


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Sophie Esser Calvi, FoodWorks Director

Esser Calvi is thrilled to be back at Middlebury College '03.5, returning many years after an internship at the College Organic Farm now The Knoll. She has spent most of her life in the wider world of food and wine, working for wineries and various food and farm organizations. Esser Calvi has a master’s in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. As the Associate Director for Global Food and Farm Programs, she works closely with students, faculty, staff, as well as with the broader food community, on numerous food initiatives. Strengthening communities excites Esser Calvi and is a big part of why she’s thrilled to be directing the Middlebury College FoodWorks program.