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Find or Create Your Internship

Finding the right internship is an exciting process. Most students find their internships through online databases or create their own through networking. Consider where you’d like to be and what kind of organizations you are interested in and then get started! 

Here are CCI’s Top Ten Tips for finding or creating your own internship!

  1. Apply to internships on Handshake (login is your Middlebury email).
  2. Browse other Handshake Resources, such as List of Past Internships, GoinGlobal (includes US City Guides), ArtSearch, Jopwell, Idealist, and more. 
  3. Check out Middlebury's Cohort Internship Programs such as Social Impact Corps, FoodWorks, MuseumWorks, CLIMB, and Privilege and Poverty Internships.
  4. Check out CCI's seven Career Path Pages for internship news, resources, and industry-specific databases and internships.  
  5. Learn about CCI resources and how to start your internship search with a Peer Career Advisor at Quick Questions; no appointment necessary. PCAs can also help you create or edit a resume and cover letter; first check out our guides, sample resumes, and other great tools and resources on the CCI web site. 
  6. Make an appointment to talk with one of the CCI advisors who can give you targeted advice in your field of interest or the Associate Director for Internships for general internship questions.
  7. Research industries and organizations that are of interest to you and then build your knowledge base and make connections by networking with over 3000 alumni on MiddConnect  – our database of alumni in our larger Midd2Midd platform who have volunteered to offer you career advice and information about their career field or industry. LinkedIn will offer you opportunities to connect with 30,000 more alums!
  8. Tell your friends, parents, professors, and everyone you know and meet that you are looking. You never know when a conversation will lead to more information, a contact, or a great tip. Get the scoop on our networking page.
  9. Use CCI's Self-Reflection and Career Exploration Guides to learn more about your skills, interests, and values, or Vault Career Intelligence (in Handshake Resources) for targeted information for liberal arts students about career fields and preparation for entering those fields.   
  10. If your summer internship is unpaid, apply for CCI’s funding for unpaid internships.

Internship Credit

Middlebury College offers credit for unpaid Winter Term internships (you must complete an application to request credit), but does not generally grant academic credit for internships that take place during the summer, except in limited situations.

New summer credit option (as of March 2020)

As part of their Middlebury College education, Middlebury undergraduates will have an opportunity to enroll in a Middlebury Institute fieldwork course during summer 2020.  As an integral part of an established curriculum, this course provides students with a way to pursue internships in the U.S. that require students to earn academic credit (i.e. to participate with organizations that require credit for internships, or to qualify for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization). Registration for this fieldwork class will open April 20, 2020. Registration instructions and link will be posted here and on the ISSS web site when available.   

Please contact Cheryl Whitney Lower for more information.