Students doing an internship for credit in Mexico will work a minimum of 10 hours per week for the 15 weeks of the semester. They will be assigned a local professor who will meet with them at least once a month to produce a 15-page research paper based on a topic related to the field in which the internship is being undertaken (health, education, environment, anthropology/sociology, etc.). The research project should address a real-world problem the host institution is facing or an issue related to sustainability.
Students will be asked to confirm their interest in the internship before arriving in Mexico.
Through internships supported by the Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust, Time Warner Inc., and others, the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad offer qualified undergraduates a chance to gain practical experience as part of their education abroad.
Through internships of 10-15 hours per week, students enhance and strengthen their foreign language skills, deepen their social immersion in a foreign culture, and gain in-depth experience within a foreign work environment. This experience can also provide participants with new knowledge and skills that may lead to greater career, graduate school, and other opportunities in the future.
The Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust, with the encouragement of Mark M. Collins '79, a trustee, established in 1998, an endowment to support international internship opportunities. Time Warner Inc. awarded Middlebury a grant of $500,000 in December 1998 to establish the Ronald H. Brown-Time Warner Endowment, in honor of former Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown '62. Both of these funds support the placement and supervision of students in a variety of work environments while pursuing studies at the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad.