Winter Term Internships

NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Each Winter Term, many students participate in internships and apply for the opportunity to earn academic credit while having high-level exposure to valuable work tied to academic and/or professional interests. An internship for credit will challenge you to apply your liberal arts learning in a real-world setting and provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the connections between your classroom education and hands-on learning.

Whether you stay local and explore opportunities in Vermont, or whether you travel to an international location, we can help you navigate the process. Come see us in Adirondack House to talk about your plans.

  • Meet with a CCI Advisor in your interest area - make an appointment in Handshake
  • Contact Cheryl Whitney Lower, Associate Director of Internships and Early Engagement with any questions:
  • Attend How to Find a Winter Term Internship and Get Credit for It
    Wednesday, October 4 at 4:30 p.m., Coltrane Lounge - RSVP in Handshake

All application materials are due November 30th (no exceptions) and are approved on a rolling basis after Oct. 13. The approval process typically takes 1-2 weeks. It is to your benefit to complete the application early. 

Review the steps for applying for Winter Term Internship Credit or print a downloadable checklist here.

The Approval Process

  • The Curriculum Committee oversees the application-for-credit process in partnership with individual faculty members and the CCI.
  • By submitting an Academic Sponsor form, a faculty member gives their approval to the Curriculum Committee that there is potential for scholarly investigation of an issue or topic related to the internship experience.
  • Credit will be granted for evidence of connected learning through the final academic work which will be evaluated by the faculty academic sponsor.  

If you secure an internship after November 30, 2017 you cannot pursue the internship for credit.

  • If you do not need the credit for graduation and plan to pursue a non credit-bearing internship, you must contact the Registrar's office and complete an opt-out form to withdraw from Winter Term and ensure that you meet all the appropriate requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Winter Term Internship?

Winter Term internships involve significant, high-level exposure to the fundamental work of an organization, with ties to a student's academic and/or professional interests. A Winter Term internship for credit is unpaid. 

How long does a winter term internship need to be?

The minimum is 100 hours, typically over the course of all four weeks of J-term. If you have an exceptionally different circumstance, please make your case clear in your application for credit.

What are the credit requirements for Winter Term and who is eligible ?

Students are required to earn Middlebury credits during at least two winter terms and can choose to earn credit for four Winter Terms. Two Winter Term credits may be earned through a credit-bearing internship. All students must be in residence and enroll in a Winter Term course their first winter term at Middlebury. This includes both September and February matriculates (Sophomore Febs). A student may not repeat the same Winter Term internship. A relative may not function as an internship supervisor.

For additional information about non-standard credits (such as AP credits and internships), please click here .


What is an Academic Sponsor and why do I need to list 3 scholarly sources in my application for credit?

The Academic Sponsor is a Middlebury faculty member who agrees to act as the academic connector between your internship experience and learning explored during the internship. The academic sponsor must agree that the internship provides a worthwhile opportunity for the application of liberal arts learning. Their responsibilities will include working with the student to develop a plan tying the internship experience to the exploration of scholarly ideas, helping the student identify learning objectives and at least three scholarly sources to list in the application for credit, and signing the Academic Sponsor form to indicate willingness to guide the student and determine whether the post-internship academic work deserves credit. 

The three scholarly sources that you list in your application will provide relevant content for your final work (typically a research paper) that you present to your Academic Sponsor.

Can my Faculty Advisor serve as my Academic Sponsor?

Yes. In many cases, your faculty advisor will serve as your academic sponsor. An academic sponsor need not have expertise in your internship area as long as they feel that they can work with you to develop a plan for, and evaluate, academic work that will tie your internship to a scholarly investigation of a related topic, issue or idea. Students undertaking an internship unrelated to their major, however, may decide to ask a faculty member from a background more tied to their topic of interest to serve as their academic sponsor. 

How do I handle WT registration?

If your internship has not yet been approved: all students proposing a Winter Term internship MUST register for a Winter Term class, to ensure you are enrolled in a class in case the proposal is denied and/or secure housing for a local internship. Being waitlisted for a J-Term course is not the same as being registered for a course; if you  are not registered for a course you will automatically be OPTED OUT as of the end of the day, November 15th and will therefore not be approved to be on campus at any time during the term. 

If you receive an approval email from CCI before or during WT registration: You will be instructed on how to register for your internship.

If your internship is approved after WT course registration period has ended: The CCI will inform you and the Registrar’s office of your internship’s acceptance. The Registrar will then handle registering you for the internship and dropping you from your prior registered course. 

How do I opt out of Winter Term if I don't want to take a class or internship for credit?

Students who elect not to participate in winter term MUST still participate in winter term registration by enrolling in the No-Credit, “Opt-Out” option. Students registering for this No-Credit option will not receive academic credit during winter term and will not be eligible to remain on campus

This option is not available to students who are participating in their first winter term, i.e., students who entered Middlebury in the Spring or Fall of 2017. Students participating as a member of a Middlebury College winter team sport MUST be enrolled in an academic credit-bearing course during winter term.

Remember, credit is not required for many internships.  The value of the experience is also in the opportunity and education that you receive—not just in the credit.  If you do not need the credit and do not need campus housing in January, you may want to “Opt Out” and participate in a non-credit bearing internship.

Where do I find information about available internships?

One way to find a J-term internship is to visit Handshake. Remember, an internship you see listed there is not automatically approved for credit. Securing the internship for J-term is the first step; getting credit for it is a separate process. Please read this entire web site and FAQs to understand the process.

In addition, students are encouraged to find or create their own internships. For CCI's top ten tips, go to Find an Internship.

If you’d like help in finding an internship, schedule an appointment with a career advisor in your interest area by visiting go/cci. You can also get started by dropping by to talk with a Peer Career Advisor (PCA) during Quick Questions in Adirondack House and various other locations on campus.   

What have J-Term interns done in the past?

In the Resources section of Handshake, you will find a list of internships that Middlebury students have done in previous Winter Terms and summers. The list is sorted by industry field (Arts, Business, Communications, etc). Read and explore to get some ideas of what you might want to do and reach out to the student listed if you want more information!

View a listing of previous internships here.

What is the EMT internship?

The EMT Winter Term internship is an intensive month long internship for which students receive 1 academic credit and a 1 PE credit. Please attend the EMT information session on SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM in Coltrane Lounge to learn more about the program. Please email Hannah Benz with questions.


Is there anything I should know prior to engaging in a clinical opportunity abroad?

Serving as a medical volunteer, EMT or getting clinical observation hours abroad can be a transformative experience. Students often come away with new insights into global healthcare challenges and can speak eloquently to the differences between the patient experience in the United States and abroad. It is vital, however, to understand the limitations of what you can and cannot do while abroad; we like the saying, “If you can’t do it here, you shouldn’t do it there!”. Before embarking on an abroad experience, please carve out some time to work through the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety online module so that you position yourself to have a safe and ethical medical internship.

Can I get credit for an internship done while studying abroad?

An increasing number of internship opportunities that award academic credit are possible for students in Middlebury College Study Abroad Programs  Check with the office of International Programs and Off-Campus Study for specific details and eligibility requirements.

If you are receiving an additional 5th credit during your Fall or Spring semester abroad, you are not eligible to do a Winter Term internship for credit since you would already be receiving a credit for Winter Term 2018.  You may, however, still do an internship.  Please check with the International Programs and Off-Campus Study Office if you are unsure. 

Can international students pursue Winter Term internships?

Yes. Depending on where the internship will take place, you may need to take additional actions.

If you plan to do the internship in the U.S. and you are in F-1 student status*, you will need Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment authorization. For CPT, the winter term internship must earn academic credit and must be related to your major field of study. If CCI notifies you that your internship has been approved by the Curriculum Committee, you will need to apply to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) for CPT authorization. See here for more information about CPT eligibility, and contact ISSS ( if you have additional questions. 

*For international students not in F-1 status, contact ISSS to explore if you are eligible to pursue an internship in the U.S.

For internships outside the U.S., you will need to determine whether you will require a particular visa status or employment authorization to pursue the opportunity in your home country or in another non-U.S. location.  

Can I live on campus if I do a winter term internship in the local area?

Yes, you may live on campus, but you must be earning academic credit for the internship. In order to guarantee on-campus housing, it is critical that you register for a Winter Term placeholder class during Winter Term registration if your internship has not yet been approved. If you are doing a local internship not-for-credit and “opt out” of Winter Term, you may not live on campus.   

Can I be paid during a WT internship?

No, Winter Term internships for academic credit are unpaid experiences, although it is allowable for students to receive a stipend from their internship provider to help pay for their living or transportation expenses. 

Is there funding available for winter term internships?

PLEASE NOTE: CCI's Winter Term Funding grants have all been allocated. We no longer have funds to administer.

New for Winter Term 2018, the CCI will offer approximately twelve grants for 2018 Winter Internships.  These $1500 grants will support students who receive financial aid from the College or scholarships from Middlebury-affiliated programs such as Posse and College Match. Students must be pursuing a for-credit internship off-campus and not living at home. The grants will support travel, housing, food, and/or loss of wages from an on-campus job. The funding application (found on the right-hand side of this page) must be submitted in addition to the other required forms. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and all required forms must be complete before the funding application will be considered.   

In addition, the following funding opportunity is available to all students:
If your credit-bearing internship involves cross-cultural and/or international community service, advocacy, and/or activism, you may eligible for a CCI Cross-Cultural Community Fund $500 travel grant or the Mini-Grant Program. More information is available at Community Engagement’s Funding Page.

Where's the application and how do I apply for a credit-bearing Winter Term internship?

To apply for a credit-bearing Winter Term internship, the student will submit or ensure that the following forms are submitted. 

1) Application for Winter Term Internship Credit (STUDENT SUBMITS)
2) Assumption of Risk and Code of Conduct Form (STUDENT SUBMITS)
3) Intern Sponsor Agreement Form (INTERNSHIP SUPERVISOR SUBMITS)– send this link to your internship supervisor
4) Academic Sponsor Approval Form (ACADEMIC SPONSOR SUBMITS) – send this link to the faculty member who will serve as your academic sponsor 

Note: CCI's Winter Term Funding grants have all been allocated. We no longer have funds to administer.

What if I still have questions?

Come to Winter Term Internships: How to Find and Get Credit for your Internship
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4:30 pm, Coltrane Lounge if you would like more information.

If you’d like to talk over your application or have additional questions, please make an appointment with the CCI advisor in your interest area (go/cci, and click on meet your advisors) or drop by Quick Questions to meet with a Peer Career Advisor. For more general information about the for-credit or application process, please contact Cheryl Whitney Lower, Associate Director of Internships & Early Engagement. For information about the faculty member’s role, appropriate academic work in connection with internships, and grading of such work, contact your faculty advisor or Emily Proctor, Interim Dean of Curriculum.