A key part of the Institute’s mission is to provide you with immersive, hands-on learning as part of your studies.
Unlike other classroom-based graduate programs, these experiences allow you to apply practical skills in your field of study before you graduate. Not only do you gain professional experience, but you are exposed to relevant networking opportunities that often lead to jobs after graduation. Below are some of the options available, with more emerging as the Institute’s professional partnerships grow and change.
Immersive Professional Learning During COVID
IPL staff, faculty, and career and academic advisers are here to help you navigate your immersive learning and career plans during COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements. View this growing list of resources including template cover letters, virtual internship portals, and more (login with your email credentials). The shared Google doc is a no frills collaborative space, so all are encouraged to add resources/contribute ideas.
Institute students can apply for up to $1,500 in immersive professional learning funding to costs for eligible unpaid or minimally paid opportunities including virtual internships, volunteer opportunities, and more. View funding requirements and application.
COVID-19 Update for Spring-Summer 2020: Students may also apply for IPL funding to offset the cost of a professional certificate related to their career/professional goals.
Once you’ve completed your experience and are seeking reimbursement, submit your information.
Learn from the experiences of other students through our immersive learning blog.
Immersive Learning, Research, and Impact Report
Read our 2018-2019 Impact Report to see what past students have done through Middlebury Institute. Get ideas for your next research project or internship. You can view the 2017-2018 Impact Report here.
Client Projects and Simulations
Students complete projects in courses for real-life local and international clients. Courses use simulations to teach and build in-depth understanding and critical thinking around complex global issues.
Semester/Summer Programs Abroad
Participants in the International Development and Social Change certificate program complete up to three weeks of project management training in Monterey, Washington, D.C., Colombia, Egypt, or Rwanda. Participants may opt into the practicum component by traveling abroad for three to nine months of fieldwork with a development organization.
Who: Current graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, practitioners, and people in career transitions.
DPMI+ is designed for current graduate degree students to apply DPMI tools, frameworks, and concepts in the field to fulfill the practicum requirement within their degree.
Who: Current graduate degree students who need to fulfill the practicum requirement.
The International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program provides training and internships for graduate students interested in the work of international nonproliferation organizations. Speak with your academic advisor for more information.
Who: Institute graduate students in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program.
The International Professional Service Semester provides Institute students with the opportunity to work as junior staff members for a public policy or social change organization. Students can complete the last 12 credits of a degree through this program.
Who: Institute graduate students in the International Policy and Development, International Environmental Policy, and Master of Public Administration programs.
Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad
The Middlebury School in Jordan offers overseas graduate-level programs for Institute students. During your semester abroad, you’ll pursue academic and personal interests and improve your Arabic language proficiency.
Who: Institute students whose language of study is Arabic.
Students take courses at one of the prestigious partner universities in Bergen, Cairo, or Tokyo.
Who: All Institute students.
Middlebury Social Impact Corps
In the Middlebury Social Impact Corps (MSIC) program, Institute students serve as “Scholars”, participating in an eight-week international summer internship with a social change organization, serving as mentors within a cohort including undergraduate Middlebury College interns, conducting their own action research, and engaging in partnership development within the organization and the region. Each year, one to three partner organizations are identified by the MSIC staff and faculty, and cohorts are created in partnership with the organizations’ mission and goals for that summer. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Netta Avineri
Who: All Institute students
Short-Term Programs Abroad
Every winter, spring, and summer, faculty and students embark on a number of projects in the fields of peacebuilding, international development, and environmental conservation opportunities in Peru, France, Czech Republic, Kenya, China, Spain, and Bhutan.
Who: All Institute graduate students
Centers and Initiatives
The Institute’s Centers and Initiatives give students opportunities to participate in internships or fellowships and conduct further research, and the chance to be published in world-renowned scholarly journals.
Stretch Work and Lifelong Learning
You’ll often hear the term “stretch work” used on campus to describe our promotion of self-directed learning and new skill development. Students can create many of their own learning opportunities:
The Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS) is the hub for all advising, career education, and professional development activities. Advisors can help you make connections between your area of study and employment.
Team Challenges Around Social Issues
Our collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach is highlighted through team challenges and case competitions.
Local Internships, Service Opportunities, and Clubs
Students can complete internships at a wide range of nonprofit, government, and social enterprises in Monterey County and Santa Cruz. Speak with your advisor for more information.
Immersive Learning and Study Abroad Manual
The Immersive Learning and Study Abroad Manual covers policies and procedures that broadly apply to our Immersive Learning and Study Abroad programs, including step-by-step guides to researching, applying for, and participating in our programs.