Each summer, Middlebury College students can participate in a full-time, paid, 10-week internship to aid local organizations in addressing issues of poverty in Addison County.

Students work 35 paid hours per week at a local, social service organization in the community (see current and past host sites below). This year (2023), internships begin June 12th, and continue through August 18th.

Center for Community Engagement staff works with interns throughout the summer, meeting weekly to discuss internship experiences and issues intersecting with poverty. Along with their internship, interns will commit to these weekly discussions, a final written reflection and a presentation in the fall following their internship summer.

Community Partners and Internship Site Hosts

The Teen Center
The Teen Center provides summertime day programming and after-school alternatives that are welcoming, safe and fun for all teenagers in the community. Plan and deliver events, activities, and support for area teens. To read more about experiences at The Teen Center, check out this CCE blog post.

Charter House Coalition
Provide support to guests at the Charter House emergency shelter, including meal preparation and day services.

HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects)
Serve in a variety of capacities, fully immersing oneself in the day-to-day operations of connecting individuals and families to services, including staffing the front desk and working with the food shelf programs

John Graham Housing and Services
Help to provide shelter and hope to Addison County’s unhoused population and working on home efficiency projects.

Open Door Clinic
Support healthcare, public health, and access and provision of services to special populations, including Vermont migrant farm workers via Spanish translation services.

Atria Collective
Provide crisis intervention, info, and support to abused women, men, and children via 24-hour hotline, especially low-income persons in need of emergency/transitional housing.

Addison County Public DefenderAddison County Restorative Justice Services - This position will split time between the Public Defender’s office and ACRJS, working with clients who are encountering the criminal justice system. For the Public Defender, the intern will work with the client and attorney to help prepare their case for the court process. With ACRJS, the intern will work with clients through the restorative justice process. 

Addison Housing Works - These positions support Addison Housing Works’s mission to provide affordable housing that supports the well-being of community members across the county. The positions will focus on three areas: understanding barriers and developing a plan to establish on-site affordable child care for an Addison Housing Works community, researching options and developing models for promoting accessory dwelling units to increase affordable housing supply, and empowering mobile home park residents to upgrade their homes for efficiency and reduced operating costs.