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Peer Career Advisors (PCAs)

CCI's Peer Career Advisors serve as the CCI's ambassadors to fellow Middlebury students. PCAs are available during Quick Questions to help you:

  • Develop and review resumes and cover letters
  • Search for internship and employment opportunities
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Access resources like Handshake
  • Refer you to appropriate CCI advisors
  • Present a workshop to a student organization

Quick Questions Spring Term Hours

Virtual Quick Questions hours will begin the week of April 6th -- please stay tuned for guidance on how to participate.  In the meantime, if you need to have your resume reviewed, please email it to with a description of the type of opportunity you're targeting.  Career advisors are available for appointments via video-chat or phone and may be arranged through Handshake.  


Meet your 2019 - 2020 Peer Career Advisors!

2019 Peer Career Advisor Group Photo

Rodney Adams ’21

Hey y’all! My name is Rodney and I am an International and Global Studies major with a focus in Global Security and a language concentration in Spanish. Under my major, I am able to take a wide range of classes at Middlebury, predominately in the Political Science, Spanish, and History departments. I really enjoying learning about various topics around the world and how topics that may seem completely irrelevant have a connection.

During my time at Middlebury I have been a familiar face as a member of Evolution Dance crew, an inaugural board member of PALANA social house, Event Coordinator of Middlebury’s Distinguished Men of Color, a First@Midd Peer Leader, and a member of Middlebury’s Black Student Union.

This past summer after helping out with Middlebury’s Reunion, I began training for my private pilot’s license certification while also serving as a supervisor in the Junior Caddy Scholars golf program at the William J. Devine Golf course in Boston. The summer before, I was a participant of the program. The program is aimed at drawing youth from the city of Boston to the golf course to teach them about golf, provide a summer job, and to continue to build the network of Caddy Scholars through the Ouimet Scholarship fund. Through this role, I monitored the golf course to ensure the wellbeing of the course, while also providing mentorship to the Caddy Scholars in the program.

I am excited for the upcoming task of helping many of my peers within the CCI. I have always felt comfortable stepping into the Adirondack House, and I want to make sure that whoever I may help does too.

Nadani Dixon ’20

Hi! I’m Nadani, a senior Computer Science major and Gender, Sexuality and Feminism Studies minor from Kingston, Jamaica. At Middlebury, in addition to CS and GSFS, I’ve taken classes in Middle Eastern History, Dance, Math, Sociology/Anthropology and Chemistry. At Middlebury, I’m involved in the Student Government Association as the Director of Technology for 2019-2020 academic year. I’m also a part of RIDDIM World Dance Troupe, Pan Caribbean Student Organization (PCSO), Black Student Union (BSU), and Women in Computer Science (wiCs++). I’m interested in the role technology plays in our world today: the challenges and benefits. Simply, the factors, ideas and beliefs that make it a controversial tool and how it is used in our 21st century world.

On campus, I’ve worked as the Dance Technical Director, Performing Arts Series Intern, CS Tutor and Teaching Assistant, CTLR Tutor and Kids Dance Instructor. I’ve also worked for the town of Middlebury as a Ballet Instructor. In Summer 2017, I interned at the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry here on campus as the Digital Pedagogy and Instructional Design intern. During my internship, I created an app for the Middlebury Museum of Art, developed and designed WordPress sites, researched critical digital pedagogy and more. My sophomore summer, I interned at Team4Tech on a project in Costa Rica focused on improving education through technological implementations and teacher training. Last summer, I worked at Mastercard in St. Louis, Missouri as a Product Manager on their Data Access platform.

I love to swim, dance, go to the beach and practice yoga. I’m excited to be a PCA this year and look forward to meeting you and answering any and all questions you may have. Come by the CCI!

Frank Gavilanez’20

Frank Gavilanez headshot

Hi there! I'm Frank, a senior from Queens, NY majoring in International and Global Studies with a focus in Latin America and Concentration in Spanish and Portuguese. On campus I’ve been involved in SGA, Distinguished Men of Color, Pre-Law Club,  Middlebrow’s Theatre for Improvisational Comedy and work for the CCI both, in the front-desk and as a Peer Career Advisor.

The summer after my first year of college I interned at an NGO called Let's Get Ready and served as an Access Site Director where I helped students from underrepresented communities navigate their college application process. The summer after that I interned at bKash Limited in Dhaka, Bangladesh where I explored different dimensions of the financial service world and its role in financial inclusion. Last summer I interned at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP as a Summer Litigation Legal Assistant where I worked on the biggest antitrust case to date. Soon after that, I traveled to Brazil under a CCI Internship Grant to work on public policy regarding access to health care services for locals and immigrant communities.

As a PCA, I hope to be a valuable resource that can provide you with various career development insights. Feel free to visit me during regular PCA hours or pull me to the side for a quick chat anywhere on campus. All the best!

Mia Grayson ’20

Hi! My name is Mia and I am a senior majoring in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry on the pre-med track with a minor in Spanish from Long Beach, California. At Middlebury, I’ve taken many required STEM courses for my molecular biology and biochemistry major, however some of my favorite and most rewarding classes have been outside of my comfort zone in other departments. During my junior fall semester, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile while taking nursing courses at the Universidad Andrés Bello and improving my Spanish.

Throughout my time at Middlebury, I have been the Business Director and Social Director of the Middlebury Mischords, an Alumni Coordinator and Recruitment Chair for the Omega Alpha Social House (Tavern), a mentor in the Community Friends program, a member of the Black Student Union, and a member of Under Represented in STEM (UR-STEM).

The summer after my freshman year, I performed basic cancer research as an LA-HIP 2.0 scholar at the Keck School of Medicine. After my sophomore year, I was a Front Desk Worker at the Center for Careers & Internships where I was involved in the scheduling of many Language School events and programs. This past summer, I was a camp counselor for the YMCA Storer Camps and found this to be an unexpectedly rewarding opportunity. On campus, I currently work at the Box Office, first as a Student Worker and now as a Student Supervisor, and I am so excited to be a PCA this year and share the many resources of the CCI with you as you go on to your professional endeavors!

Hannah McKenzie ’20

Hi! I’m Hannah and I am a senior from Hudson, Ohio, working towards a major in English and American Literatures with a minor in History of Art and Architecture. On campus, I am a member of the women’s lacrosse team and I contribute to Blackbird Literary Arts Journal. I have also volunteered at the local humane society, been a Middview leader, and helped with reunions.

The summer after my first year, I interned at Leadership Akron in Akron, Ohio. As Program Intern, I created written summaries of the non-profit’s leadership development programs and produced marketing materials. The next summer I worked at the CCI as an Office Assistant, writing content for social media and serving as a point of contact for employers visiting campus. After getting back from studying abroad with the CMRS program in Oxford, England, I interned with the New England Review during J-term. I read submissions and discussed them with the genre editors. In addition, I produced and edited the NER Out Loud podcast. This past summer I interned at Bauhan Publishing, an independent publisher in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where I edited and proofread manuscripts. I also worked as a bookseller and gleaned a different look into the trade.

I am excited to be a PCA this year and help you in any way I can. Stop by the CCI to see me!

Clayton Read ’20

Hi there! My name is Clayton and I am senior International Politics and Economics major. I am from San Francisco.  At Middlebury I play on the men’s lacrosse team and also serve on the Student-Athlete Advising Committee.

To give some background on my previous experiences since being at Middlebury, the summer after my first year I waited tables at a restaurant and coached lacrosse in the Bay Area. Then after sophomore year, I was selected for the CCI’s summer internship funding program, which enabled me to intern at a technology startup in San Francisco. Last fall, I studied in Madrid as part of the Spanish language component of my IP&E major. Most recently, this past summer I worked in Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets group in New York. After Middlebury, my long-term career interests involve finance oriented toward development, environment, or software.

The CCI has been a tremendous help to me throughout my college career, and I really look forward to my role as a PCA in assisting students to navigate their summer opportunities and career interests. Please drop in to say hi—looking forward to meeting you!

Arturo Simental ’20

Hey everyone! My name is Arturo and I was born and raised in Chicago. I’m a current senior majoring in Architectural Studies and minoring in Italian. Outside the classroom, I’m involved with Alianza, POSSE, and the Anderson Freeman Center.

The summer after my first year at Middlebury, I worked on a busy sundeck as a cashier. Working a service job definitely prepared me for the years ahead. At the tail-end of that summer, I participated in Island Design Assembly and helped design-build a community pavilion alongside 11 other Middlebury students. After my sophomore year, I was a Forest Foundation Fellow and interned at GreenRoots Chelsea, where I primarily focused on the transformation of a dilapidated alleyway into a welcoming gathering space. My junior year, I studied abroad in Ferrara, Italy. There, I was able to intern at the city’s planning department and research social housing initiatives in the region. This past summer, I was a team advisor for the National Student Leadership Conference’s architecture program hosted at Northwestern University.Through these opportunities, I’ve been able to explore the many different applications of architecture and design.

After graduation, I aspire to help improve urban communities through architectural design and urban planning, all the while keeping community engagement at the forefront. I’m so excited to join the PCA team this academic year and share the many resources available as Middlebury students. Come stop by the CCI at any time!

Ivy Yang ’20

Hi! I'm Ivy, a senior Economics major and Math minor from Acton, Massachusetts. On campus, I am a member of the crew team and will be co-president in 2019-20.  In addition, I have been involved in Asian Students in Action (ASIA). I have also worked as a First Year Counselor (FYC) for Brainerd Commons and as a grader for the Economics department. Most recently, I spent my junior spring abroad in Bordeaux, France. 

The summer after my first year, I was a Teaching Fellow at Generation Teach, in Providence, Rhode Island, where I taught math to a group of incredibly energetic& and intelligent fifth graders. I spent my sophomore summer at Middlebury as a research assistant in the Economics department. This past summer, I interned at Olympus in their Life Sciences marketing group. My diverse summer experiences are a reflection of the many fields I'm interested in, so I could see myself going down a number of paths in the future, but I am currently interested in economic consulting.

I'm really excited to be a PCA and look forward to meeting and helping you. Come by and say hi!