Winter Term Internships

IMPORTANT!
UPDATED INFORMATION ON WINTER TERM 2017 WILL BE POSTED BY THE END OF AUGUST 2016.  PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON!

Each Winter Term, more than 120 students participate in internships and apply for the opportunity to earn academic credit for their work in reflecting upon, and making meaning of, the internship experience. 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. They challenge students to apply their liberal arts learning in a real-world setting and provide students with an opportunity to reflect meaningfully on the connections between their classroom learning and their outside-the-classroom experiences.

If you don’t need the credit, you may also consider undertaking an internship not-for-credit. In this case, you’ll still be gaining the experience and can list it on your resume, but you will not need to complete an assignment or other required paperwork. 

Whether you stay local and explore opportunities in and around Middlebury or 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.  Visit go/cci to make an appointment with the CCI adviser in your interest area.  

Deadlines for Securing your Internship:
Remember to check with your internship sponsor or on MOJO for application deadlines related to your internship! Some of these deadlines are due in September and early October and others may be later in the semester.    

Applying for Winter Term Internship Credit:
In order to apply for credit, students identify an internship opportunity and an academic sponsor (a Middlebury faculty member) whom they wish to advise them in connection with the internship.  If the academic sponsor agrees that the internship provides a worthwhile opportunity for the application of liberal arts learning, the student and the faculty member together develop a plan for the academic work that will express the student’s thoughtful reflection on the internship and its connections to their learning.  This academic work, which is presented to the academic sponsor after the internship, will be the basis upon which the academic sponsor determines whether the student earns credit for the internship. 

Once you have secured your internship and found a faculty member to serve as your academic sponsor, you will then submit all application materials to the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI) by the deadlines stated below (exceptions are the Krant and EMT internships: see FAQs below for their earlier deadlines). The Curriculum Committee oversees the application-for-credit process in partnership with individual faculty members and CCI. A faculty member serving as your academic sponsor must approve your intention to pursue the internship for credit by completing the Academic Sponsor form by the deadlines listed below. The academic sponsor should also help you identify at least three scholarly sources that you will list in your application for credit and use to provide an intellectual framework for your experience; these or other sources will provide relevant content for your final work that you present to your academic sponsor. It typically takes a week to be informed by CCI whether your application for credit has been approved by the Curriculum Committee. 

Applications for Winter Term Internship credit are approved on a rolling basis.  While deadlines are listed below, it is to your benefit to secure your internship and have it approved by CCI before the end of October so that you can skip the Drop/Add process and register directly for the internship during WT registration.  If your internship has not yet been approved before WT registration, you must register for a Winter Term class.

1st Internship Credit Deadline (if you require on-campus housing): November 13, 2015

2nd Internship Credit Deadline:  December 6, 2015

What’s the difference between the two deadlines?

Applying for credit on or before November 13:

  • Must apply by this first deadline if you need on-campus housing during Winter Term.
  • Must register for a Winter Term placeholder course during WT registration (Nov. 2-4); if your internship is approved you will use the Add/Drop process to switch to your internship.
    • The exception is if your internship has been approved before WT registration, in which case you will be able to register directly for your internship.
    • Please note that applying early and having your internship approved before Spring registration (Nov. 11-19) will allow your internship credit to count toward your Spring registration status. 

Applying for credit on or before December 6:

  • May apply by this second deadline if you do not need on-campus housing during Winter Term.
  • Gives you extra time to secure your internship.
  • Must email Cheryl Whitney Lower in CCI to let her know that you need the extra time to secure your internship.
  • Must register for a Winter Term placeholder course during WT registration (Nov. 2-4); if your internship is approved you will use the Add/Drop process to switch to your internship.

 

If you secure an internship after December 6, you cannot pursue the opportunity 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. 

What is an internship?

Internships involve significant, high-level exposure to "real world" experiences beyond the classroom. Routine office experience, clerical work, or the continuation of a summer job or internship will not be considered a credit-bearing internship.  Internships for academic credit are unpaid experiences, although it is allowable for students to receive a stipend to help pay for their living expenses. Winter Term internships for credit include significant academic work that will be submitted to your academic sponsor during or after the internship; the academic work ties the internship experience to a scholarly investigation of an issue or topic related to your field of interest.

What have J-Term interns done in the past?

The following is a list of student internships during the last several Winter Terms. Read and explore to get some ideas of what you might want to do! Open the spreadsheet and you can sort by student name, employer, location and industry to learn about hundreds of internships. Questions: contact us.

View the list of past J-Term internships here.

How do I register or opt out?

If you are waiting for approval on a proposed internship, register for a Winter Term course in case the proposal is denied. If your internship is approved after the Banner Web registration period has ended, CCI will inform you and the Registrar’s office of your internship’s acceptance. The Registrar's Office will then register you for the internship and drop you from the course in which you initially registered, creating a space for another interested student.

Opting out of Winter Term (meaning not taking 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 2015. 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 to stay on campus in January, you may want to “Opt Out” and participate in a non-credit bearing internship.

What is an Academic Sponsor?

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, and with the student’s input, will develop a plan for academic work during or after the internship that will allow the student to make meaning of the internship and tie the experience to an exploration of a scholarly topic, idea, or issue.  If the academic sponsor agrees to sponsor the internship for credit, he or she will sign the Academic Sponsor form indicating their willingness to guide the student and determine whether the post-internship academic work deserves credit.  The academic sponsor should also help you identify at least three scholarly sources that you will list in your application for credit and use to provide an intellectual framework for your experience; these or other sources will provide relevant content for your final work that you present to your academic sponsor.

Is there funding available for winter term internships?

Sorry, there is no funding available for Winter Term internships unless specifically noted in MOJO.


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. (Deadline: December 6).


CCI does provide funding for unpaid summer internships. Click here to learn more.

What if I still have questions?

If you’d like to talk over your application or have additional questions, please make an appointment with the CCI adviser in your interest area (go/cci, and click on meet your advisers) or drop by Quick Questions at CCI Monday-Friday from 1-3 to meet with a peer career adviser.  For more general information about the for-credit or application process, please contact Cheryl Whitney Lower, Associate Director of Internships & Early Engagement at clower@middlebury.edu.  For information about the faculty member’s role, appropriate academic work in connection with internships, and grading of such work, contact Suzanne Gurland, Dean of Curriculum.

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. All first-year 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).

The second credit may be earned by enrolling in a Winter Term course, a credit-bearing independent project, a credit-bearing internship, or by studying abroad and earning winter term equivalent credit. A minimum of two and a maximum of four winter term course credits will count toward the graduation requirement of 36 course credits.

How do I register or opt out?
If you are waiting for approval on a proposed internship, register for a Winter Term course in case the proposal is denied. If your internship is approved after the Banner Web registration period has ended, CCI will inform you and the Registrar’s office of your internship’s acceptance. The Registrar's Office will then register you for the internship and drop you from the course in which you initially registered, creating a space for another interested student.

What is the required time commitment/length to receive credit for a winter term internship?

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 the required personal statement that you submit.

Where do I find information about available internships?

One way to find a J-term internship is to visit MOJO. 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 create their own internships. For more information, go to How to Find an Internship.

If you’d like some help in finding an internship, schedule an appointment with a career adviser in your interest area by visiting go/cci and click on Talk to an Adviser. You can also get started by dropping by to talk with a Peer Career Adviser (PCA) during Quick Questions (Monday–Friday, 1:00-3:00 pm) in Adirondack House. No appointment necessary for Quick Questions. 

What about credit for the winter term internship?

In order for a winter term internship application for credit to be approved, your academic sponsor must sign the Academic Sponsor Approval Form.  A faculty member’s signature indicates that they agree that the internship provides a worthwhile opportunity for the application of liberal arts learning and that the student has a plan for completing academic work that will express the student’s thoughtful reflection on the internship and its connections to their learning. In addition, it implies that the faculty member commits to advising the student during the internship and evaluating the learning from the internship.

You and your academic sponsor will agree on the learning objectives of the experience, as well as final work that will include reflections using scholarly sources that connect your career goals and/or academic background with the learning goals. After receiving your application materials, the Center for Careers & Internships, on behalf of the members of the Curriculum Committee, will then review the applications and approve them if they fulfill all requirements and they are convinced that your internship will provide you with an experiential opportunity for exploring career options, connecting to academic work, and/or pursuing a deep personal interest.

Please note that there are different policies related to how many courses with non-standard credits (such as AP credits and internships) you may count toward graduation depending on your year and when you matriculated. Typically you can still have all non-standard grading listed on your transcript; only a certain number will count toward graduation, however.  Please click here for more information.   

What is the EMT internship?

More information coming soon on the 2017 EMT internship.   

For more information, visit the HP & STEM site.

Are there other health-related internships?

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED FOR WT2017 BY THE END OF AUGUST 2016. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON!

Yes, Middlebury offers an EMT course as an internship for credit, as well as the Krant internship.    

First years and sophomores interested in health professions and in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician are encouraged to apply for the EMT internship course.  Plan to attend the information session on Sept. 23.  Applications for the EMT internship are due on Oct. 18.  See the Health Professions blog for more information or contact Ed Sullivan at sullivan598@myfairpoint.net

The Krant Internship has two arms. The first is a Winter Term clinical internship at the Adirondack Medical Center where the intern works closely with Dr. Krant in the Rheumatology Clinic. After a month long immersion in Rheumatologic disease, students are ready to participate in the summer component of the internship at the Global Healthy Living Foundation. The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a non-profit advocacy organization, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness. The GHLF advocates for improved access to care and educates the community about the importance of diagnosis, early and innovative medical intervention, long-term lifestyle improvement, and therapeutic compliance. Students must commit to participating in both arms of the internship. While the internship allows for some flexibility, the expectation is that students will be in a clinical setting for roughly 25 hours per week, totaling a minimum of 100 hours for the term. Most students take full advantage of the many opportunities made available to them at the Adirondack Medical Center and engage more than the minimum number of hours.

The Health Professions Team will coordinate the review of candidates with head preceptor Dr. Jonathan Krant.  1-2 interns will be selected; in 2014 there were 6 applicants for the 2 slots, so the process is competitive. Applications are due at 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 18, 2015 and you will be notified of your status no later than October 21, 2015. Late applications will not be considered. Your participation in the internship will be contingent upon your complying with our immunization requirements and completion of an Assumption of Risk and Code of Conduct Form. You will also be responsible for completing an application for Winter Term credit. Hannah Benz will serve as the Academic Sponsor for Krant Internship, and you will be required to submit a paper exploring a topic of interest at the end of the month.    

Please submit the following material via MOJO no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 11, 2015: Cover letter, resume, written responses to questions. 
Visit this link for additional information: http://sites.middlebury.edu/hpandstem/clinical-opportunities/

Middlebury Winter Term Health Professions Internships

Internship

Information Session

Application Deadline

Contact Person

Notification

Date

Number of Students

YR

Krant

10/8/2015

6:00-7:00 PM

ADK Library

10/19/15

Hannah Benz

10/21/15

1 or 2

SO

JR

EMT Course

9/23/2015

5:30 PM

Mitchell Green Room

 

10/18/15

Ed Sullivan

Rolling Admissions

24

FR

SO

 

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 through the Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust. 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 2016.  You may, however, still do an internship.  Please check with the International Programs and Off-Campus Study Office if you are unsure. 

Can my Faculty Adviser serve as my Academic Sponsor?

Yes. In many cases your faculty adviser will serve as your academic sponsor.  An academic sponsor does not necessarily need to have expertise in the area of your internship as long as he/she feels 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. In many cases the academic sponsor will be your faculty adviser but students undertaking an internship unrelated to their major, may decide to pursue a faculty member from a background more tied to their topic of interest to serve as their academic sponsor. 

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 (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 

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

Yes, you can live on campus, but you must be getting academic credit for the internship. Not all internships done over winter term need credit. You can instead simply “opt out” during J-term course registration time. Perhaps you don't need the credit to graduate so the process is unnecessary—that’s fine. However, if you want to live on campus during J-term, you must be getting credit for your internship.