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Middlebury Institute students complete practicum internships in DC (pictured) and around the world.

Students have the option of completing coursework year round. This summer, students continue to shape their future career paths by completing internships, applied projects, and research. 

Experiential learning is in the DNA of Middlebury Institute degree programs. Students have had the option of completing an applied project for a host organization since the inception of the Professional Service Semester in 2002, long before most professional graduate schools embraced the concept of learning while on the job as part of a graduate course. 

Students completing practicum internships earn academic credit by working alongside their supervisor and a Middlebury Institute faculty mentor in the development of a robust, applied project that allows the student to apply skills and knowledge from their coursework to serve their host organization. 

Practicum students also have the option of conducting field research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students completing field research for their practicum project have the option of publishing their work and developing further research proposals for Fulbright fellowships and more. 

The Middlebury Institute is pleased to highlight the following summer 2023 practicum positions and research topics.

MIIS has a long history of MIIS Environmental Policy and Management students serving at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) offices around the US. Photo features Justine Zoe Gapayo (MA IEP ‘20), who completed an internship in EDF’s San Francisco office in 2019.  This summer, Andi Abel (MA IEP ‘23) will work in person in Washington, DC as part of EDF’s Climate Corps WSP group. 

Internship Practicum

Students select a curated internship option or secure their own job or internship. While on the job, students will develop an applied project to benefit their host organization. Students work with their supervisor, a faculty mentor, and peer mentor during the semester. View list of practicum internship/job positions 2002-2023. 

Jordan McFarlen (MA ITED ‘23)

US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security

San Jose, CA/Remote

Bryan Frank (MA ITED ‘23) 

US Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Trade Transparency Unit

Washington, DC/Remote

Thomas Shubert (MA IPD ‘23)

Amnesty International USA, Government Relations and Congressional Affairs

Washington, DC/Remote

Andi Abel, (MA IEP ‘23)

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, WSP

Washington, DC


Independent Research Practicum

This practicum mode offers a thesis option and provides students with the opportunity to independently or jointly explore a specific topic while employing empirical qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. Students work with an academic mentor, peer mentor, and optional external reader. 

Katherine Neal (MA IPD ‘23)

US-Mexico Border Policy and Interagency Cooperation

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Mark Ackerman (MPA ‘23)

Affordable Housing in California

Monterey, CA

In addition to the practicum course, Middlebury Institute students are completing summer internships outside of their coursework across the US and around the world. 

Additional Experiential Learning Programs

The Center for the Blue Economy Summer Fellowships

Students enrolled in the Environmental Policy and Manager masters program who are pursuing the specialization in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management are eligible for funded Center for the Blue Economy positions throughout the year, with full-time positions during the summer.

Middlebury Social Impact Corps

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 and paid summer internship focuses on six pillars: adaptability, commitment, inquiry, narrative, reflection, and partnership.

Freeman Foundation Fellowship for Funded Internships in East Asia

Students can receive $3,500-$6,500 USD to intern for 30 days or more in the following  East Asian countries/regions: Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

Experiential Learning Funding

Students completing unpaid or minimally paid internships of 300 hours or more over the summer are eligible for experiential learning funding through the Middlebury Institute to offset costs. 

Internship Partnerships

The Middlebury Institute has established partnerships and relationships with UN agencies including UNICEF, UNFPA and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Many of the internship partnerships can be viewed through our list of host organizations


For More Information

Carolyn Meyer, PhD
Director of Immersive Professional Learning