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 with:

  • Developing and reviewing resumes and cover letters
  • Searching for internship and employment opportunities
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Accessing online career resources like MOJO
  • Referring you to appropriate advising staff at CCI 
  • Presenting a workshop to a student club or organization
APPLY TO BE A PCA for the 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!

Quick Questions Hours:
Monday-Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Adirondack House)

Evening Hours, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesdays (Anderson Freeman Center)
Thursdays (Crossroads Cafe)
Sundays (Davis Family Library -Wilson Cafe)



Yasmeen Byrnes '17Hi everyone! I’m Yasmeen. I’m a senior math major, and I’m also pre-med. Over the past year I’ve been applying to medical schools for matriculation in Fall 2017. It’s a tough process, but I’ve been learning a lot along the way.

Last semester I was abroad in New Delhi, India. It was a fantastic experience, and now I’m excited to be back in Vermont, where it’s not 100 degrees in March. At Middlebury, I’m the president of Midd Masti, Middlebury’s no-cuts South Asian dance group. I also give tours, grade for the math department, and enjoy an occasional sail on Lake Dunmore with the sailing team.

I grew up in Rockville, Maryland (just outside of D.C.). I’ve spent most of my summers in the D.C. area, doing research internships. This summer, though, I spent some time in Middlebury, working at the CCI, volunteering at local nonprofits, and overall just enjoying being in Vermont during the beautiful summer months.

I’ve been working at the CCI in various positions since my freshman year, so I know the office pretty well. It has something to offer for all Middlebury students, from first-years to super-senior Febs. Come by and visit me at Quick Questions this year! I’d love to help in any way I can.


Aliza Cohen '17

I’m Aliza Cohen, a senior sociology major from Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition to taking sociology courses, I have also dabbled in other social sciences, humanities, and languages. I studied in Valparaíso/Viña del Mar, Chile in Fall 2016, completing coursework in ecotourism and Chilean geography and history. Outside of classes, I interned at Servicio Paz y Justicia, creating a digital archive of photographs from the Chilean dictatorship and translating their website to English. Throughout the past few years at Middlebury, I have been involved with Hillel, the Institutional Diversity Committee, JusTalks, the sociology hiring student advisory committee, the Student Government Association, the 2015 Gensler Symposium, and the United Way Community Impact Funding board. Over the summers I have worked at the National Low Income Housing Coalition in Washington, DC, a summer camp in western France, and the Drug Policy Alliance in New York City. I am looking forward to my final two semesters at Middlebury and am crossing my fingers that the fall lasts longer than two weeks!


Hiruy Ephrem '17My name is Hiruy Ephrem, I am a senior majoring in international politics and economics. Throughout my time at Middlebury College, I have had the opportunity to pursue many ventures ranging from learning Mandarin and studying abroad to Beijing, going to Spanish Language School, and lead various cultural organizations and music groups. Aside from my experiences at the College, I have also had the opportunity to develop a diverse portfolio of work experiences having interned at the Coca-Cola Sabco in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as interning in Beijing at a small educational consulting company and an E-bike start-up called Xiao Niu.


Cindy Esparza '17Hello! I'm Cindy Esparza, a senior Political Science major from the south side of Chicago. On campus I serve as the co-president of Alianza, a fellow to the Anderson Freeman Resource Center, and the programming house assistant to PALANA House (Pan-African, Latino, Asian, and Native American).  I am passionate about public policy, inclusivity, wellness, and nutrition. Recently I spent a summer interning for The Walt Disney Company’s ABC Television Group, pulling consumer insights for the Ad-Sales team. In addition, I have experience working for nonprofits and in research. Aside from school and work, I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, trying DIY crafts, eating, being active (lifting, spinning, running, etc), and laughing at memes.  


Matthew Floyd '17An international politics and economics major with a focus in Russian, My internship and summer experiences reflect my international focus, language skills, and career goals in public service and development, including internships in intelligence, diplomacy, and consulting.  Beginning with the summer before college, I spent two summers in Russia studying Russian, a semester abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for my febmester, a summer in Washington, D.C., and six months in Georgia (the former Soviet Republic, not the state).  In Georgia, I worked first for the U.S. State Department as an intern in the Political and Economic Affairs Section in the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, and then for Deloitte as an energy specialist on a USAID contracted project to reform the country’s electricity sector and energy policy.  I was also the first student to receive Middlebury’s Padma Desai Scholarship for research abroad, which he pursued in Georgia.  Now, after nine months working off-campus and overseas, I am looking forward to being a student again and hope to leverage my professional and international experience to help you to navigate the career and internship process, particularly if you are interested in government or consulting career tracks.  On campus, I also am the president of the crew team and Russian society, a member of the folk/rock band Mount Philo, and a board member of the Old Stone Mill.


JP Miller '17My name is JP and I am a senior at Middlebury. I’m majoring in international politics and economics. I am a member of the varsity lacrosse team and also the Middlebury College Orchestra as a violinist. This past summer I interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its Leveraged Finance group where I plan to return full-time upon graduation. I’m from Wellesley, Massachusetts and went to high school at the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA. I am interested in financial markets and more broadly the global economy and what drives it. Helping others achieve success definitely excites me, so I’m enthused to be doing what I can to help others accomplish just that in my role as a Peer Career Advisor. I’m a huge sports enthusiast and also love to snowboard. I’m always eager to talk about anything going on in the NFL and convince you why you should be a Patriots fan! 


Remo Plunckett '17Hi! I’m Remo Plunkett, a senior economics major from Burlington, Vermont. I spent the fall of 2015 studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic before returning to Middlebury, where I completed an internship-for-credit in lieu of taking a J-Term class. In addition to working as a Peer Career Advisor, I serve as a sports editor for The Middlebury Campus newspaper. This past summer I had an internship in New York City with BlackRock, a large investment management firm. After graduation, I will return to BlackRock in a full time role with the same group that I interned with over the summer. I strongly believe in the power of Middlebury’s alumni network and am excited to help you leverage the many available resources at CCI to find the best internship or job experience!


Sophie Robart '17Hi! My name is Sophie Robart and I’m a senior political science major from Stow, Massachusetts. In the fall of my junior year I studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews in their school of International Relations, specifically focusing on international terrorism. After studying abroad, I took J-term off and did an internship-for-credit in Boston at Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive search firm.

The summer after my junior year I interned at the DA’s Office in Boston, and am now working on my applications for law school! I am very interested in criminal law, however would love the opportunity to see it from the side of a public defender.

Along with working as a Peer Career Advisor in the CCI, I am a student mentor for the Political Science department, a research assistant for the Office of Sustainability Integration on campus, and a member of an intramural softball team. I look forward to meeting you this year at the CCI!