Personal Health Insurance:

In order to be certain that students will be assisted in meeting the unexpected and sometimes heavy expense of an illness or accident, Middlebury College requests all students to have personal health insurance. If you do not already have health insurance that will provide coverage while at Middlebury, you should obtain coverage prior to arrival on campus. International students, in particular, should ascertain that their health insurance is valid in the U.S.

Accident Insurance:

Middlebury College provides supplementary accident insurance for students while they are enrolled in the summer session. The coverage is minimal and will pay for the expense of treating injuries up to a maximum of $5,000 for any one accident. Covered treatment includes X-rays, laboratory tests, surgery, physician’s visits, nursing care, hospital care and treatment, and prescription drugs.

Claims should be reported within 30 days from the date of the accident and applicable medical bills submitted within 90 days to:

HealthSmart Benefit Solutions
  HealthSmart Benefit Solutions
  3320 West Market St., Suite 100
  Fairlawn, OH 44333




Parton Health Summer Services

Health Services

Centeno House 1st and 2nd floors
Phone: 802-443-5135
Fax: 802-443-2066

Summer Hours:

Parton Health Service offers care for acute illness and injury to students enrolled in the summer Language Schools program. Registered Nurses are available to students on a walk-in basis. If your health need requires an appointment with our physician or nurse practitioner, our nursing staff will schedule an appointment for you during our weekday clinic hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Examples of Care Provided:

  • Cough, sore throat, ear pain
  • Minor injuries
  • Urinary tract infection symptoms
  • Bug bites and other minor skin infections
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Urgent Men’s and Women’s Health Care
  • Travel Immunizations if travel is for Middlebury College credit.*
  • Allergy shots injections.*

* For Middlebury College undergraduate academic year students only. 

 We Cannot Provide The Following Services:  

  • Allergy shots (we can facilitate a referral to a local medical office).
  • Routine/annual gynecological exams, including contraception.
  • Physical exams for travel, routine health care maintenance, or peace-of-mind STI testing.
  • Laboratory testing to monitor your chronic health care needs (we can facilitate testing through the local hospital when the request is accompanied by a detailed order from your primary care provider).
  • Medication refills prescribed by a primary care provider.
  • Surveillance for chronic health conditions.

 Pre-arrival Recommendations and Information:

  • Visit your primary care provider at home to update medications, care plans, etc. before coming to Middlebury.
  • Bring enough routine medications with you to campus to last for your entire stay.
  • You will be required to complete a brief health history form at your first visit to Parton Health Service. Health records/history may be required by local physicians.
  • We will refer you off campus if you require the services of a specialist or you have a medical emergency.
  • To help us better care for your acute health care needs, you may send documentation of chronic health concerns along with our summer health form (located below) ahead of your arrival at Middlebury.

Summer Health Form 

Health Service Visits: You will be asked to complete the Summer Health Form at your first visit to the Health Center. Please come prepared with the following information for your primary health care provider, a list of any and all medications you take on a regular basis, health insurance information, immunization history and emergency contact information.

Care When Health Service is Closed: For medical emergencies call 911. For health care that cannot wait until the following morning, you may be evaluated at Porter Hospital Emergency Department (802.388.4701). Porter Hospital is located on South Street in Middlebury, about one mile from campus. Bring your health insurance card with you for any visits to Porter Hospital.

Medical Transportation: The Department of Public Safety will assist students with transportation for non-emergency needs from the campus to Porter Hospital. Students must find their own transportation for all other off-campus medical appointments.

Release from Porter Hospital: The college residence halls and Parton Health Service are not equipped to provide recuperative care after release from Porter Hospital. In these cases, students may be asked to make their own arrangements. In some cases, and with permission of the program vice president or director, students will be permitted to attend classes or participate in co-curricular activities while being lodged off campus or while being cared for by a friend or relative.


Welcome Summer Students!

Parton offers a variety of health and counseling services to students participating in our Vermont campus summer programs.

We also offer limited health services to summer faculty and staff. Counseling for faculty and staff is available in the local community, but not on campus.

Details on specific services offered during the summer can be found at the links below:

Health Service
Language School Immersion Stress


Middlebury FoodWorks

Follow the interns as they share their work, learning and fun in Louisville and Vermont

on their FoodWorks blog.

Middlebury's signature internship program for students interested in local food and sustainable development 

 26 Middlebury students are participating in FoodWorks, a nine-week competitive paid internship program - with housing - centered on the different aspects of a local food system and currently operating in Louisville and Vermont.

Students are working in city and state government, business and retail, publishing and marketing,  non-profits, and on farms.  Issues being addressed include  microenterprise and economic development; education, health,and  nutrition; food production, processing,  and distribution; food access, safety and security; food equity and social justice; sustainable agriculture; and food policy.

What is Middlebury FoodWorks?

FoodWorks is a cohort internship program for Middlebury College students interested in local food and sustainable development.  Its mission is to provide summer internship opportunities that enhance student learning and engagement in food studies.

Each student works four days a week in an internship focused on a different aspect relating to local food. On the fifth day, students participate together in a curriculum designed to meet targeted learning objectives on sustainable agriculture and ecology; food systems; community and economic development; nutrition and health; and other topics such as food security and justice, policy, culture and traditions.  

In addition to the 5th day component, students have formal and informal opportunities to engage in the community around food, further reinforcing and integrating the learning throughout their summer. 

Middlebury FoodWorks was piloted in Louisville last summer and expanded to include our Vermont partners in 2013.  Middlebury FoodWorks is a program sponsored by the Center for Careers and Internships, Office of Academic Affairs, and the Organic Farm (MCOF).


  • Meaningful four-day/week internships with a company or organization working on developing the local food economy in Louisville and in and around Addison County, Vermont.
  • Minimum-wage based stipend for 9 weeks of work. The program dates are from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 2, 2013.
  • High content "Fifth Day" presentations and projects relating to the local food system and economic development.*
  • Mentoring by Middlebury alumni and parents.
  • Profound personal engagement among interns, members of the local food sector, and the community.

Benefits to Middlebury students

  • Paid internship opportunity, with housing provided
  • The chance to touch, taste and work with all aspects of the local food movement.
  • A comprehensive view of the local food system and its role in urban and rural economic development, including direct contact with movers and shakers in the field.
  • Peer connections as students live and work together on Fifth Day projects.
  • An on-line component that allows FoodWorks interns to connect across sites and compare their rural and urban food systems experiences.

Questions? Contact Amy McGlashan at CCI, x5103.

Lessons from an octopus: student studies invertebrate learning [video]

As senior Alexa Warburton opens the door to the cephalopod lab, a pungent smell escapes into the third-floor hallway of Middlebury College’s McCardell Bicentennial Hall. “It smells like the ocean,” she comments. And it should. Warburton, a senior biology major from Hopkinton, N.H., is spending her summer studying a member of the cephalopod family, Octopus bimaculoides . Her goal is to study the way these saltwater creatures learn, thereby furthering the already-extensive body of research on invertebrate intelligence.