Winter Term Internships

Winter term is a unique time to gain experience outside the classroom. Typically, the shorter one-month period means more emphasis is placed on project-oriented work. Internship providers who are Midd alums and parents are familiar with J-term and are especially receptive to this timing. 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 in your interest area.  

Deadlines for Internship Applications:

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

Deadlines for Applying for Winter Term Internship Credit:

In order to register for a Winter Term credit-bearing internship, you must secure your internship, have a faculty sponsor,  and submit all application materials to the Center for Careers & Internships by the deadlines stated below (exceptions are Porter Hospital, Krant, and EMT internships which have earlier deadlines; see FAQs below).  It typically takes several days to be informed by CCI whether your internship 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 actually 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); once 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); once 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.

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 make sure to see the instructions on how to apply for credit.

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, drop by to talk with a Career Adviser or Peer Career Adviser (PCA) during Quick Questions (Monday–Friday, 1:00-3:00 pm) in Adirondack House or schedule an appointment with a career adviser in your interest area by visiting go/cci and click on Talk to an Adviser.

What is the Porter Hospital internship?

The Porter Medical Center Internship is an intensive month long community based internship for pre-medical students. Interns are assigned a physician preceptor and spend the month shadowing health care providers both in the office setting and the operating room. Students also participate in electives, which include riding along with the ambulance crew, shadowing in the nursing home/rehab facility, visiting hospice and learning how blood samples are processed in the hospital lab. The weekly classroom component of the internship includes selected readings and presentations from invited guests. In previous years we have had representatives from the UVM College of Medicine admissions team to speak about the admissions process, and had a panel of allied health professionals discuss their career choices. Upon completion of the internship, each student will be asked to reflect on their month long experience and submit a paper that explores a medical topic of interest.

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 Porter and engage more than the minimum number of hours. 

The Health Professions Team will coordinate the review of candidates with head preceptor of the Porter Internship, Dr. Eric Benz. 15 interns will be selected; in 2014 there were 51 applicants for the 15 slots, so the process is competitive. Applications are due at 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 11, 2015 and you will be notified of your status no later than October 14, 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 all the Porter Hospital Interns.

Please submit the following material via MOJO no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 11, 2015: 

•Cover letter


•Internship Selection form

•Written responses to questions

What about credit for the winter term internship?

In order for a winter term internship application for credit to be approved, your faculty adviser or academic sponsor must sign the Faculty Advisor/Academic Sponsor Approval Form signifying that they deem the internship worthy of credit. You and your advisor/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 students may count toward graduation no more than a total of five courses with non-standard grading, which includes credit-bearing internships. If you already have 5 non-standard  credits, such as AP credits, you may still do a credit-bearing internship but any previous non-standard credits over the maximum of 5 would not be counted toward your graduation requirements.  You can still have all non-standard grading listed on your transcript. Still unsure what this means for you? Click here for more information.   

Information on the application process for credit can be found at this link.

What’s the difference between a Faculty Adviser and an Academic Sponsor?

In most cases, this is the same person, but does not have to be.  Example – student wants to do an internship in sciences but is a history major.  Student needs faculty adviser approval in history department, AND an academic sponsor on campus in the sciences to also approve it.

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.

What about Registration and Opt Out?


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.

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.

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 BannerWeb registration period has ended, you will then need to submit an add card to the Registrar's Office for the independent project or internship section that is assigned to your adviser. If your internship is approved, CCI will sign your add card which you will then submit to the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office will drop you from the course you initially registered, creating a space for another interested student.

Opting Out of Winter Term (meaning not taking a class or internship for credit)?

Opting Out of Winter Term

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 Opt Out and not complete the internship credit process.

Is there funding available for winter term internships?

In general, since most students receive credit for winter term internships, you are not eligible for funding. It is acceptable for the sponsor to provide a travel and/or housing stipend.

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).

Arts-focused internships may also be eligible for funding from the Arts Council. Contact Shannon Bohler-Small for details (Deadline: TBD).

Click here to learn about CCI’s summer funding for unpaid internships.

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.

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 2015.  You may, however, still do an internship.  Please check with the International Programs and Off-Campus Study Office if you are unsure. 

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 more than 100 internships. Questions: contact us.

Winter Term 2015 List

Winter Term 2014 List

Winter Term 2013 List

Winter Term 2012 List

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. 

Please note these forms will be updated by September for Winter Term 2016.  Please check back.  

1) Application for Winter Term Internship Credit (STUDENT SUBMITS)
2) Assumption of Risk and Code of Conduct form (STUDENT SUBMITS)
3) Internship Description Form (SUPERVISOR SUBMITS)–send this link to your internship supervisor
4) Faculty Adviser/Academic Sponsor Approval Form (ADVISER/SPONSOR SUBMITS – send this link to your adviser and sponsor

In most cases, your faculty adviser will serve as your academic sponsor, but in some cases, you will need forms submitted by both your faculty adviser and an academic sponsor. See: What’s the difference between a faculty adviser and an academic adviser?