Careers: Frequently Asked Questions
Outlined below are the answers to some questions that parents often have about how their student's liberal arts education relates to career options after Middlebury.
What can my student do with a major in a liberal arts discipline?
Really, just about anything. Very few career paths require specialized knowledge at the undergraduate level—and for those that do, there is advising to help students find the curricular and experiential pieces that will get them prepared. Our employers are great fans of the liberal arts education: while they can teach many work-specific skills on the job, our graduates come ready with the analytical, communication, research, and teamwork skills prized by employers today.
Is it important that my student do an internship? How can she/he find an internship?
We believe strongly in the value of internships. Internships can be done during the winter or summer or part of study abroad. They can be traditional internships with a company or organization, or they can be student-designed. But most importantly, they provide an experiential component to a student’s education that allows them to make connections to their academic work, pursue a personal passion, or explore possible career choices. We offer access to hundreds of internship opportunities, many with a Middlebury connection; advising to help identify suitable opportunities; and funding for unpaid opportunities. Click here for more about internships and students’ experiences.
What are some organizations that offer internships to Middlebury students?
Recent organizations that sought Middlebury interns include:
Acadian Asset Management, Addison County Public Defender's Office, American Cancer Society, Apple Inc., The Art Institute of Chicago, Bon Appetit Magazine, Brighter Planet, The Christian Science Monitor, Clean-Air Cool Planet, Coal River Mountain Watch, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Emerging Asia, Entrepreneurs in Tech, HBO, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti , Juniper Networks, Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources, McKinsey, The Middle East Institute, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Audubon Society (Project Puffin), The Nature Conservancy, NYC Parks & Recreation, Open Door Clinic, Senator Patrick Leahy’s Office, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Sierra Club, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sotheby's, State Street, TerraCycle LLC, United Health Group, United States Holocaust Museum, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport, Yew Dell Botanical Garden. And that’s just a sampling!
What do Middlebury students do after graduation?
Middlebury students do a wide range of things, just as you would expect from liberal arts graduates. Most new graduates pursue employment in fields such as education, finance, business, research, media, communications, not-for-profit, legal, government, environment, and technology in the U.S. and abroad. About 15 percent choose to go directly to graduate or professional school, including law, medical, and a wide variety of professional and academic MA or PhD programs. Each year, some students win prestigious national fellowships and pursue an independent project or graduate program under the auspices of the Fulbright, Watson, Marshall, Rhodes, Beinecke, NSF, and Gates-Cambridge scholarship programs. And other students choose to travel or volunteer. You can find data about plans reported by recent Middlebury graduates here. (link to post-grad snapshot)
What are some organizations that hire Midd graduates?
Middlebury graduates go on to work in a range of organizations: large
and small, traditional and entrepreneurial, in both the for-profit and
not-for-profit sectors. Here is a sampling of the employers who have recruited Midd seniors in recent years.
How does Career Services help my student connect with employers?
We organize recruiting programs on and off-campus for seniors. Approximately 60 employers visit campus annually to recruit Middlebury students. Seniors can also participate in off-campus recruiting events in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., that we help organize. Additionally, we post positions and collect applications for hundreds of other opportunities.
What about graduate/professional school? What kinds of programs do graduates attend?
Here, too, there’s a wide range. Only a small number of students—about 15 percent—attend graduate or professional school right after college. Most students prefer to work a year or two before making decisions about graduate school—and for good reason. It’s a significant investment of time and money, so students should be sure they are committed to that path. For a sampling of programs recent seniors are attending, click here.
Is there an opportunity for my student to connect with alumni?
Connecting with Middlebury alumni (and parents too!) is an important way for students to learn more about different career fields. Each year, we have many alumni and parents who share their expertise through career panels and Career Conversations on campus. There is also MiddNet, an extensive database of over 7,400 alumni and parent volunteer career advisers that is searchable by career field. We coach students on how to use MiddNet as part of their career exploration and networking.