Six students smiling together
Scholars: Celeste Baird, ‘23 MA Translation, and Salma Rashid, ‘23, MA Public Administration Interns: Michael Eller, ‘24, International Politics & Economics; French Carina Kinnaman, ‘24, Anthropology with minors in Spanish and Biology,  Bo Liu, 23.5 Psychology, Isabel Lubitz, ‘23 Geography

Middlebury Social Impact Corps

Summer 2024 Community Partner: Blue Zones Project Monterey County

Program Dates: July 23-August 27, 2024   Location: Monterey, California   

Applications Due: March 31, 2024 

Zoom Information Session for Graduate and Undergraduate students: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 

7:00-8:00pm EST (4:00-5:00pmPST) Register here.

Supported by the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation

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. This experiential learning program focuses on six pillars: adaptability, commitment, inquiry, narrative, reflection, and partnership. In partnership with organizations, 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. The MSIC Team is Dr. Netta Avineri (MIIS Language Teacher Education & Intercultural Communication Faculty Member, MSIC Faculty Director) and Dana Anderson (Creativity & Innovation Associate Director, Elizabeth Hackett Robinson ’84 Innovation Hub.)

What makes Middlebury Social Impact Corps unique?

  • Cohort-based experience that brings together MIIS graduate students and Middlebury College students for collaborative learning and mentorship
  • Meaningful community partnership-based opportunities focused on sustainable social change
  • Deep intercultural engagement in local/regional communities
  • Mentoring and ongoing training by faculty members, practitioners, and social impact professionals
  • Multiple opportunities to explore the role of conflict transformation in enacting social change at different scales

Training, Reflection, and Debrief:

A unique part of the MSIC program is the meaningful training that the participants participate in before their experience. The training will include in-person and online elements facilitated by Middlebury College and MIIS experts in the fields of social impact, community and global development, and intercultural communication. Throughout the experience, participants will engage in regular reflection and inquiry and will participate in a narrative-based post-experience debrief at the end of the program.

By participating in Middlebury Social Impact Corps, undergraduate interns will:

  • Engage individually within a structured internship experience
  • Embody a set of team roles within a project-based curriculum
  • Complete deliverables associated with MSIC curriculum and community partner job descriptions
  • Demonstrate understanding of their contribution to the mission of the community partner, the Middlebury Social Impact Corps cohort, and the greater good of the community in which they are placed

Additionally, the MISC graduate scholars will:

  • Engage in action research about their experience within the cohort and with the community partner
  • Explore models of partnership for social impact
  • Demonstrate leadership & collaboration skills by engaging in intern and cohort mentorship
  • Reflect upon and explore their contribution to the mission of the community partner, the MSIC cohort, and the greater good of the community in which they are placed

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Netta Avineri, Language Teacher Education & Intercultural Communication Associate Professor, MSIC Faculty Director

Dana Anderson Associate Director, Creativity & Innovation, Elizabeth Hackett Robinson ’84 Innovation Hub


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