Cultivating leadership using an educational approach comprised of systems thinking, experiential learning, and cohort living.

What does it mean for you?

  • The chance to touch, taste, and work within a local food system.
  • Engagement in a learning community around food systems, as students live and participate together.

"FoodWorks showed me the social, environmental, and economic value of farms beyond purely producing food. I want to connect more people with their land, environment, and food systems in a meaningful way. My cheese making operation will be open to Middlebury students as a place to learn about small-scale, sustainable farming and I hope to one day welcome FoodWorks interns!"

-Linnea Burnham '14.5
(Linnea received a Watson fellowship to study cheese around the world, before returning to VT to make cheese at Double Star Farm.)

Our Internships

While there are several internships with a traditional focus on food & agriculture, many of the opportunities appeal to students interested in the following career fields and/or skills and interests: Retail & Merchandising, Government and Policy; Communications & Media, Economic Development, Education, Research, Science & Technology, Architecture & Planning, Non-profit, Business and Consulting, Social Entrepreneurship, Health, Community Organizing, Event Planning and Coordination, and more. You receive a list once you have been accepted.

Our Locations

Middlebury Vermont Fellows will be housed on the Middlebury College campus, which lies in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. The valley features small towns, working farms and forests, and borders the vast Green Mountain National Forest. Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, is an hour away. Lake Champlain, the sixth largest lake in the U.S., forms the western edge of Vermont and the valley, and is fed by many local rivers and waterways. People from all over the world come to study the strong local food movement, driven by community based agriculture.


Sophie Esser Calvi

Sophia Calvi, FoodWorks Director

Sophia is thrilled to be back at Middlebury College '03.5, returning many years after an internship at the College Organic Farm now The Knoll. She has spent most of her life in the wider world of food and wine, working for wineries and various food and farm organizations. Sophia has a master’s in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. As the Director of Program at the Franklin Environmental Center, she works closely with students, faculty, staff, as well as with the broader food community, on numerous food initiatives. Strengthening communities excites Sophia and is a big part of why she’s thrilled to be directing the Middlebury College FoodWorks program.