Middlebury has several cohort internship programs where students intern at different organizations but share a common thread in terms of geography and/or theme.
These programs most often include an academic and/or professional development curriculum that helps students understand the theme more systemically and more formally learn from one another. The framework of a cohort work, living, and learning experience adds value and contributes to the goals of a liberal arts education to prepare our students for life, work, and citizenship. There is perhaps no greater means to connect learning with work and career exploration, while building community among students of diverse backgrounds.
Individual internship listings can be found in Handshake, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for general inquiries. Read more about some of Middlebury’s current signature cohort programs below.
- MiddWorks for Vermont Summer Internship Program is a program out of the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) offering 25 carefully curated summer student internships in 2024 with a variety of organizations throughout Vermont that advance the following goals:
- a robust Vermont economy and
- a just Vermont society
- a healthy Vermont population
- a “green” Vermont environment
- equitable access to excellence in education
- a vibrant Vermont arts and cultural scene
In addition to providing place-based experiential learning at its best, MiddWorks for Vermont will foster internship and career opportunities in every sector, thereby encouraging and facilitating Middlebury talent to remain in Vermont during summers, after graduation, and beyond. We hope to encourage meaningful and deep connections to Vermont as a place to settle and to have a high quality of life while finding rewarding and purposeful work—an ideal opportunity for students and graduates to apply their liberal arts and sciences learning in an impactful way.
The Biblioteca David Kitson in Nosara, Costa Rica hires 4 Middlebury College interns every January term and summer to teach intensive English as a Second Language courses for children and adults. Students learn to teach English as a second language to the local children and adults. Interns are responsible for managing small groups of students, leading activities and lessons, and managing lessons and materials.
Note that this cohort internship will not be offered in Summer 2024.
- Vermont Business Strategy and Consulting Program is for students interested in leading a business, non-profit, or other organization, or in management consulting as a career. Students are given in-depth hands-on experience working on a key strategic management issue for a local enterprise. The cohort also gathers weekly with Dr. Amitava Biswas, instructor for the Introduction to Business and Management and Enterprise courses.
Team4Tech is a nonprofit impact accelerator bridging the digital equity gap in education to improve the quality of learning in under-resourced contexts around the world. Team4Tech co-designs solutions with nonprofit organizations that leverage technology to accelerate their work in improving learning outcomes and employability skills. This summer, Team4Tech is offering a unique internship opportunity to work with one of their nonprofit partners in Uganda. Students interested in conflict transformation, education, technology, and/or international development who want to gain real world skills in helping to devise and deliver solutions to educational NGOs will find the internship valuable.
diiVe offers fast-paced, intensive global consulting internships for students from around the world in Cape Town, South Africa. Students engage in an immersive 7-week consulting internship program featuring a 2-week remote consulting bootcamp and a 5-week hands-on, project-based internship over the summer. diiVe works with a range of organizations from large, global firms to savvy, tech start ups and NGOs, while training students to excel in the world of work. J-term and remote experiences also available. NOTE that the deadline for CCI funded participation in diiVe for Summer 2024 has passed.
Middlebury Social Impact Corps (MSIC) is a partnership-based program that connects students to social change through unique experiential learning opportunities. A select cohort of Middlebury College(Interns) and MIIS graduate students (Scholars*) are matched with a community partner focused on impact within a local/regional context. Six pillars guide this program: adaptability, commitment, inquiry, narrative, reflection, and partnership. Through partnership, MSIC members gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions for purposeful careers in social impact. Students engage in community-based research, partnership development, mentorship relevant to the community partner and communities with whom they work, preparing them to become purposeful global citizens in the field of social impact. MSIC is funded in collaboration with Conflict Transformation Experiential learning and Graduate pillars.
Privilege & Poverty Internships engage students through national and local programs to address issues of poverty and support social justice. Nationally, selected students choose from over 100 Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) internships while, locally, the Center for Community Engagement has partnerships with about six Addison County agencies.
- The Elizabeth Hackett Robinson ’84 Innovation Hub’s Vermont Innovation Summer is a program supporting a cohort of students working at companies and on self-directed projects across Vermont’s innovation ecosystem. The program was designed to create a community around innovative work, connect students to Vermont-based innovation organizations and alumni, and provide opportunities for reflection. The goal of the program is to put students in a position to take full advantage of the resources Vermont has to offer.