Winter Term Internships
Winter term is a unique time to get 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 the internship sponsor or 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: December 9
If you have secured an internship and would still like to apply for academic credit you may still do so through MOJO until December 9. Please email Doug Adams in EIA in addition to completing your MOJO application. Once the application is approved you would then be able to use the Add/Drop process to drop the course and register for the internship (INT600).
If you secure an internship after December 9 you cannot pursue the opportunity for credit. If you do not need the credit for graduation and plan to pursue the internship you must contact the Registrar's office if you plan to withdraw for Winter Term to 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.
Be sure to visit us and talk with a Career Adviser during drop-in hours (Monday–Friday, 2:00–5:00) in Adirondack House if you would like assistance with this process or would like to talk more about your idea.
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
- 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.
- Arlinda Wickland, director of health professions at EIA, 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. Arlinda Wickland, 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, EIA, on behalf of the members of the Curriculum Committee, must be 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.
Information on the application process for credit can be found at this link.
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 EIA 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
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 2012. 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 in the opportunity and education that you receive - not 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 additional funding.
It is acceptable for the sponsor to provide a travel and/or housing stipend. You may want to look at the Student Funding Database to investigate other options, including specifically Civic Engagement’s Mini-Grant Program and the Cross-Cultural Community Service Fund if your internship or project is appropriate.
Click here to learn about EIA’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.
What have J-Term interns done in the past?
The following is a list of student internships during the last two 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.
To review student reports from 2009 Winter Term interns, please visit our Internships Blog and select the Winter Term Student Reports category.