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. Check out the links below or come see us in Adirondack House to talk about your plans.

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.   

Internship Credit Deadline: October 26, 2014

In order to register for a Winter Term credit-bearing internship, you must submit all application materials to the Center for Careers & Internships by 12:00 midnight on Sunday, October 26.

If you secure an internship after that date and would still like to apply for academic credit, you may still do so through December 8, 2014 but here is what you'll need to do:

  • You must register for a Winter Term course during the regular Winter Term registration process. This will ensure that you have a course and housing if you are not able to secure your internship.  Once your internship is approved, you can use the Add/Drop process to register for your internship and drop the Winter Term class.
  • In addition to completing the internship application and submitting all forms, you must also email Cheryl Whitney Lower in CCI to let her know your plans.  

If you secure an internship after December 8, 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?

This internship offers you the opportunity to see what life might look like if you choose a career in medicine. You and your assigned physician preceptor will work out a schedule for you to shadow the physician based on the physician’s work schedule and your availability.

You will have the opportunity to observe the physicians performing their duties, as well as speak with physicians about topics of interest. In addition, you will have the opportunity to go on rotations in other departments, including surgery, emergency care, labor and delivery, and radiology, among others.

How the process works:

  • Apply through MOJO by the deadline. To find the listing in MOJO for this internship:
    > Go to MOJO and log in.
    > Select Jobs/Internships; then Midd-friendly Jobs/Internships.
    > In the keywords field, enter "Porter." This will take you to the
    detailed listing.
  • The schedule for the month of January is flexible and dependent on your ability to communicate with physicians in a timely manner. You are required to have a minimum of 100 contact hours, averaging about 25 hours a week over four weeks. In this scenario, you might spend two days a week (16 hours) with your assigned mentor; the other days of the week will split between shadowing and meeting with other physicians in your interest areas. Some students arrange for many more than 100 hours of clinical experience during the month.
  • You will have one main physician mentor. However, you are expected to observe additional physicians or hospital departments, and it is your responsibility to schedule these rotations.
  • You will be required to attend an orientation meeting before the start of the internship.
  • You will be required to attend a closing meeting at the end of the internship.
  • Most assignments will be made with physicians based at Porter Hospital; some will be made with doctors in the town of Middlebury or surrounding areas, including Bristol or Brandon, which necessitates access to a car.
  • Mary Lothrop, Director of Health Professions at CCI, coordinates the review of candidates with the Porter Hospital physician liaison who makes the final selection decision.
  • About 15 students will be selected; it is a competitive process, with typically 1 out of 2 applications accepted.
  • You will be contacted after the deadline to notify you if you have, or have not, been selected for the internship.
  • Once selected, Porter interns will need to complete the application for winter term credit. Mary Lothrop, director of Health Professions, will serve as the academic sponsor for all Porter interns.
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.

Opt Out?

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 2014. 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 8).

Arts-focused internships may also be eligible for funding from the Arts Council. Contact Shannon Bohler-Small for details (Deadline: November 2).

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:

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?