The Institute provides opportunities for students to apply for financial support for Immersive Professional Learning (IPL)/Experiential Learning (EL). Funding is awarded on an individual basis and can be awarded for a credit bearing or non-credit bearing IPL experience.


  • Current MIIS degree-seeking students in good academic and financial standing with the Institute are eligible to apply.
  • IPL engagement must connect student with their professional field (e.g., internships, certificate trainings, and consultancies)
  • Students receiving payment and/or room and board through their IPL host are not eligible. 

NOTE: All Immersive Professional/Experiential Learning activities should adhere to COVID-19 safety and security requirements in place at the time of the experience. 

Application Requirements

Students applying for IPL funding must submit the following:

  • A completed IPL funding application, including an estimated breakdown of your costs.
  • Completion of international activity form for higher risk areas if the proposed activity is:
    • taking place abroad/outside of the U.S. and
    • in a location with a State Department Travel Warning of 2 or higher and no Middlebury School Abroad presence
  • A 2-4 page proposal that includes the following:
    • A description of your IPL activity
    • How your IPL activity will contribute to your education at the Institute and your career goals
    • What kind of deliverable you will create that will creatively and effectively share the learning experience with the greater Institute community (e.g. reflection, digital story, etc. that can be added to the IPL blog.)

Rolling Application Deadlines

  • October 5: Fall 2021 and January 2022 IPL
  • November 1: Fall 2021 and January 2022 IPL, and Spring 2022 Semester-long IPL Opportunities
  • December 1: Fall 2021 and January 2022 IPL, Spring Break 2022 Practica, and Spring 2022 Semester-Long Opportunities
  • February 5: Spring Break 2022 Practica and Spring 2022 Semester-long IPL Opportunities
  • March 5: Spring Break 2022 Practica, Spring 2022 Semester-long Opportunities, and Summer 2022 IPL
  • April 5: Spring 2022 Semester-long Opportunities and Summer 2022 IPL
  • May 15: Spring 2022 Semester-Long Opportunities and Summer 2022 IPL, and Fall 2022 Semester-long Opportunities (IEM Practicum) 

Funding Amounts

The table below shows the maximum amount awarded for approved applications in each tier.


Award Amount

Tier 1


Tier 2


Tier 3


Tier 4


Funding is not finalized until the application is approved by the IPL Funding Committee. 

Evaluation Criteria

A committee that includes two staff members and a student representative will evaluate applications and award funding amounts based on the tier system described above. Students are eligible for one IPL award per academic year. 

Tier One: Internships for Academic Credit ($1,500)

Criteria: (1) Credit-bearing, (2) Unpaid or minimally paid (less than $600/month), and (3) Minimum 20 hours per week for 15-weeks or a minimum of 300 hours. Note: Experiences lasting two semesters and amounting to 300 hours are eligible. 

Select Examples:

  • Practicum Internships
  • Directed Study with immersive professional learning component (internship, field research, etc.)

Tier Two: Non-Credit Engagements with Organization/Client ($1,000)

Criteria: (1) Not-for-academic credit, (2) Unpaid or minimally paid (less than $600/month), and (3) Minimum 20 hours per week for 15-weeks or a minimum of 300 hours. Note: Experiences lasting two semesters and amounting to 300 hours are eligible. 

Select Examples:

  • Internships (virtual options are eligible)
  • Localization work
  • Interpretation or Translation work
  • Language Teaching, Curriculum Development, or Teacher Training

Tier Three: Short MIIS Immersive Professional Learning Programs ($700)

Criteria: (1) MIIS-Sponsored (2) 1-4 week immersive professional learning program in the US or abroad 

Select Examples:

  • Nuclear Research Reactor Practicum in Prague/Vienna
  • Peace and Reconciliation ICC Course in the Balkans

Tier Four: Other IPL Activities ($500) 

Criteria: (1) Unpaid, (2) Internships must be a minimum 10 hours per week for 15 weeks or 150 hours for the semester, and (3) See criteria for specific activities in the Examples Section below. Note: Experiences lasting two semesters and amounting to 150 hours are eligible. 


  • Internships or consultancies that are a minimum 10 hours per week or 150 hours in total for the semester/JTerm
  • Virtual IPL January or Spring Break opportunities with a program fee (IPL funding can be used to offset program fee) 
  • Case Competitions

Not Eligible

  • Tuition costs
  • Certificate trainings with no internship component
  • Internships at an organization for which the student has already received funding from MIIS (IPL, CBE, etc.) in a prior term (e.g. Students cannot receive funding twice for the same internship even if the internship continues across two semesters).
  • CBE Summer Fellows
  • CNS Paid Internships
  • Internships of less than 150 hours
  • Client-reimbursed costs
  • Conference attendance (available through Student Council professional development funding process)
  • Engagements already funded through MIIS or other sources, such as the Freeman Award, Fulbright and Boren Fellowships, as well as the Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace recipients. This includes paid internships or jobs (e.g., stipend, wages, and/or room and board provided by host organization or sponsor). Exception: Minimally paid (less than $600 per month) internships that are also at least 20 hours per week are eligible. 
  • Study Abroad, including Middlebury Schools Abroad, except in cases where there is an internship component
  • ITED DC Semester (except direct costs associated with local unpaid internship, e.g., D.C. metro or bus commute)
  • The Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) or any other language courses


Once a student has completed 75% of the experience, they can submit their sharing deliverable through the following form to receive their IPL award. IPL funding disbursement requests will be processed when the Vice President’s Office has received a deliverable submission form that includes all of the following:

  • Digital deliverable documenting the experience. The deliverable can be in the form of a report, video, or blog. The Institute reserves the right to use this information through our online platforms to share your story. It should not be an academic deliverable unless your academic deliverable has a strong storytelling component. Your audience is current and future students. 
  • Photo of student or group/class in the field with caption: Ideal images should be good quality and high-resolution. Candid images of students working or a creative (even interpretive) image depicting some aspect of your experience preferred. 
  • Completed direct deposit form
  • No receipts required. 

Note: Students who are not U.S. citizens or a permanent resident may be subject to tax withholding, which means the Tax Office at Middlebury College will calculate an amount of tax to be subtracted from your reimbursement.

Financial Aid

If you receive IPL funding for work associated with a class and are receiving financial aid for the course or associated travel, the award will be considered financial aid. Your aid may be adjusted and the grant may not be paid to you directly. Rather, the grant may be used to pay off the loans that were previously awarded to you. Contact with specific financial aid questions. 

The Vice President’s Office reserves the right to request additional documentation regarding attendance and/or participation including, but not limited to registration forms and proof of participation.

Questions on IPL funding can be directed to Barbara Burke.