Peer Career Advisors are available during Quick Questions to help you with any immediate needs and questions.
Peer Career Advisors can can share guidance and answers around the following, and more:
- Develop and review résumés and cover letters
- Search for internship and employment opportunities
- Prepare for interviews
- Access resources like Handshake
- Connect with the appropriate CCI advisors
- Present a workshop to a student organization
Quick Questions Hours
15-minute sessions with Peer Career Advisors are available on a first-come first-serve basis during hours posted below. Please view the Events Calendar in Handshake for specific hours and details on how to login. Zoom login info will be available via the Handshake Events Calendar.
|Daytime (via Zoom)||Evening (via Zoom)|
|Monday||12:00-4:00 PM EST||7:00-9:00 PM EST|
|Tuesday||12:00-4:00 PM EST||7:00-9:00 PM EST|
|Wednesday||12:00-4:00 PM EST||7:00-9:00 PM EST|
|Thursday||1:00-4:00 PM EST|
|Friday||1:00-4:00 PM EST|
Meet the Peer Career Advisors
Rodney Adams ’21
Major: International and Global Studies: Global Security and Spanish
Fun Fact: I am ambidextrous and the middle child of 8 siblings
Career Interests: I would like to one day represent the United States in international diplomacy in order to develop and deliver concrete solutions that will motivate progress and positive change.
Hey y’all! My name is Rodney and I am an International and Global Studies major with a focus in Global Security and a language concentration in Spanish. Under my major, I am able to take a wide range of classes at Middlebury, predominantly in the Political Science, Spanish, and History departments. I really enjoy learning about various topics around the world and how topics that may seem completely irrelevant have a connection.
During my time at Middlebury I have been a familiar face as a member of Evolution Dance crew, an inaugural board member of PALANA social house, Event Coordinator of Middlebury’s Distinguished Men of Color, a First@Midd Peer Leader, and a member of Middlebury’s Black Student Union.
This past summer after returning abroad from Spain in the spring, I began a part-time internship at the Learning by Giving foundation. Established by the late Doris Buffet, the foundation focuses on implementing grant-making and educational philanthropy into select colleges and high schools across the country. Along with this role, I served as a supervisor in the Junior Caddy Scholars golf program at the William J. Devine Golf course in Boston. I managed a group of 10 high-school aged caddy scholars in order to complete maintenance projects around the golf course and to maintain social distancing protocols outlined by the City of Boston and mayor Marty Walsh.
I am excited for the upcoming task of helping many of my peers within the CCI. My past experiences of working with individuals, and my extensive writing skills will allow me to comfortably apply my skills in my role as a PCA. I have always felt comfortable stepping into the Adirondack House, and I want to make sure that whoever I may help does too.
Zoey Ellis ’22
Major: International and Global Studies, Global Security and Spanish
Fun Fact: My freckles started appearing when I was in first grade and they haven’t stopped since!
Career Interests: I would like to continue exploring my interests in International Relations, Consulting, and Human Resources.
Hello everyone! My name is Zoey and I am a junior from Chicago, Illinois, working towards a major in International and Global Studies with a focus in Global Security Studies and a language concentration in Spanish. Throughout my time at Middlebury, I have been the Event Coordinator of the Black Student Union, a MiddView Orientation leader, and a member of PALANA. This February, I was also involved in Middlebury’s Alternative Break Trip (MAlt). During this trip, I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic with a group of Middlebury students to discuss food security initiatives and local health disparities.
The summer after my first year, I was a Business Administration Intern at a Park District in the suburbs of Chicago. Through this role, I planned some fun events and carnivals, spearheaded inclusion initiatives, and lead staff training. I spent my sophomore summer working virtually as a Business Development Intern at a Legal Tech Firm called Court Buddy. During this internship, I worked on outreach initiatives, created a database of justice reform organizations, and completed research for the company’s legal blog. During my first two years at Middlebury, I also worked at the College Street Children’s Center. In total, my experiences have allowed me to explore a variety of fields and meet many amazing people!
I am so excited to join the PCA team this year and share all of the important resources that the CCI has to offer! Feel free to visit PCA hours or reach out with questions!
Britney Lux ’21
Major: Geography with a minor in Religion
Fun Fact: I have traveled to 5 countries and I hope to travel throughout Latin America someday.
Career Interests: I am interested in nonprofit work, specifically nonprofits that provide legal aid to migrants or that work with indigenous youth/communities.
Hey everyone! I’m Britney, a senior Geography major and Religion minor from Chicago. On campus, I am involved in Womxn of Color, POSSE, Alianza, and Malikah. Also, I have worked as a First Year Counselor (FYC) for Wonnacott Commons, a peer writing tutor for the CTLR, and an Office Assistant for the CCI. During my junior spring semester, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford, England, where I took classes in geography, history, and religion.
The summer after my first year at Middlebury, I interned with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development in Perú. I interviewed ecological farmers in the Sacred Valley, restaurant and hotel owners in the region, and local and foreign consumers to better understand perceptions around supply and demand for local organic produce. After my sophomore year, I worked for Mikva Challenge, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago. As a Summer Fellows intern, I facilitated workshops about workforce development, career exploration, civic engagement, and organizing power. This past summer, I worked for Research-Aid Networks, where I created a COVID-19 reopening guide specifically for nonprofits. Also, I worked as a summer fellow for Alternatives Inc., where I learned about restorative justice and facilitated restorative conversations.
As a PCA, I hope to be helpful in any way possible. Feel free to stop by our online sessions if you have any questions or just want to introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you!
Katie Marshall ’21
Major: Theatre with a Sociology minor
Fun Fact: I love Vermont in the fall—there is nothing better!
Career Interests: I am pursuing a career in which I can continually be creative and allow myself to grow with the world around me, while also helping others. I am passionate about writing/performing, design insight, and brand strategy.
Hi! My name is Katie Marshall and I am currently a theatre major at the College. On campus, I have been highly involved in theatre department productions as well as residential life. Additionally, I am a writer and performer for Middlebury Discount Comedy. Outside of these activities, I spend most of my time exploring all that Vermont has to offer with the people that make Middlebury so incredible.
I spent the summer after my freshman year at The Acting School in New York City where I took a Meisner Technique intensive. This was a great experience that afforded me the opportunity to perform in front of an audience in class each day. It was also incredibly valuable to experience the energy of New York. I spent J-term of my sophomore year out in LA where I observed the writers’ room for a CBS network show and was able to work closely with a showrunner. I was mesmerized by LA, the processes of the creatives around me, and the grit of everyone trying to “make it”. Last summer, I headed back to New York to perform and work with Middlebury’s Potomac Theatre Project. I then spent my junior spring at Oxford where I studied English with a lot of other really great Middlebury students. This past summer I participated in MiddCORE and then worked for an LA-based actor and writer as she wrote a movie and worked to create content in quarantine.
The Center for Careers and Internships has helped me with each step of my pre-professional path. From all of these experiences I have discovered just how passionate I am about connecting with people and the world around me. I feel a constant need to create and innovate in order to tell stories and form meaningful bonds. I love thinking about the ways in which students can market themselves for different opportunities—I look forward to working with you!
Mary McCourt ‘21.5
Major: Economics with a Political Science and American Studies double minor
Fun Fact: I can drive a stick shift!
Career Interests: Investment banking, private equity, venture capital.
Hi! I’m Mary, a senior feb Economics major and Political Science and American Studies double minor from Lido Beach, NY. At Middlebury, I am a member of Middlebury Women on Wall Street (MiddWOW) and help run the Instagram account. During J-term, I enrolled in MiddCORE and built a strong network of diverse professionals and developed a foundational set of soft skills. During my junior feb fall semester, I studied abroad in Copenhagen and played on a professional women’s hockey team.
The summer after my sophomore feb year, I did the Tuck Business Bridge program at Dartmouth. There, I learned the necessary technical skills needed in finance, specifically investment banking. This past summer, I interned with Siebert Williams Shank, the largest minority and women owned investment bank on Wall Street. Additionally, I completed the Harvard Business Online CORe program to further sharpen my technical skills. I will be interning in Investment Banking – Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley at the NYC headquarters next summer.
The CCI has been an incredible resource for me throughout the recruitment process. I really look forward to passing it on by helping the next class of aspiring Middkids on Wall Street!
Nolan Shapiro ’21
Major: Economics with a Psychology minor
Fun Fact: Many people compare me to Schmidt from New Girl (and I happen to agree with them).
Career Interests: I hope to become a management consultant. Eventually, I would like to use that position as a springboard to help develop positive public policies.
Hi! I’m Nolan and I am a senior from Philadelphia, PA. I’m an economics major and psychology major, with a strong interest consulting and public policy. On campus, I am a part of the Middlebury Consulting Group, the Middlebury Hillel, and I’ve also been known to go to Club Tennis every once in a while. I’m also a part of Tavern, the social house.
For my first summer in college, I decided to work at my old sleep-away camp in Upstate NY as a tennis counselor— it was a great break from academics, and I made so many friends that I still keep in touch with today. The summer after my sophomore year, I was fortunate enough to intern at a consultancy in Israel, focusing on life-science and health-technology start-ups. This was an amazing opportunity to live and work in another country halfway across the world! This past summer, although COVID-19 changed my original plan of working at Kaiser Associates, I was lucky enough to get in contact with a Midd alumni who needed help completing market research on the women’s health industry.
Many of these opportunities were only possible due to the CCI and its staff, so I am super excited to join the team as a PCA! I look forward to working with you all!
Clara Wolcott ’22
Major: Environmental Studies and Architecture joint major with a Chinese minor
Fun Fact: At an early age, I won the “Most Able to Make My Sisters Pee From Laughter” award.
Career Interests: I hope to continue pursuing my interests in urban agriculture and sustainable design while using my language skills to help cross cultural communication.
Hi everyone! I’m Clara, a junior Environmental Studies and Architecture joint major and Chinese minor from Omaha, Nebraska. During my time at Middlebury, I have volunteered with the Charter House Coalition, competed with the Middlebury Pranksters Ultimate Frisbee team, served as Treasurer of Middlebury InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (MiddIV), and participated in Middlebury’s Museum Ambassadors Program (MAP).
The summer after my first year at Middlebury, I returned to my hometown. With the help of the CCI’s First-Year Explore Grant, I was able to intern with Omaha Permaculture, a non-profit dedicated to supporting lower income communities revitalize vacant lots in their neighborhoods. As an intern, I researched project designs and plant species, as well as helping to organize community clean-up events. I also continued to work part-time with a landscape design company, gaining experience in practical landscape care. I am passionate about using creative design solutions to heal and renew the damaged relationship between the built environment and the natural one.
The summer following my sophomore year, due to COVID-19, rather than interning with the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, researching perennial crops, I attended the online Middlebury Chinese Language School, where I had a chance to grow in, not only my language abilities, but also my effectiveness in an online learning environment. During this time, I learned more fully how possible it is to build deep relationships, even in an online setting.
I am so excited to walk through this year with all of you. The CCI has always felt like a place of direction for me, and I cannot wait to help all of you to feel welcomed in that space.
Meet the Engagement Fellows
Cindy Cardona ’22
Fun Fact: I used to want to be a teacher when I was little only because they were always given food.
Career Interests: I am interested in pursuing a career in the veterinary field.
Hey everyone! My name is Cindy, a junior from Cicero, Illinois majoring in Biology on the pre-vet track. I have been a part of the Pre-Health Society, Equestrian Club, PALANA, Black Student Union, and am currently the Secretary of Alianza.
The summer after my first year at Middlebury, I interned with a local animal hospital in my hometown through the help of CCI’s summer funding program. Through this, I was able to learn several skills such as vaccinating, drawing blood, communicating with clients, and so much more. I then worked at the front desk of the CCI during my sophomore year where I helped students check into their appointments and approved employment opportunities on Handshake. I also volunteered at the animal shelter in Middlebury, Homeward Bound, where I spent lots of time playing with cats. Since my internship was cancelled due to COVID-19 this past summer, I spent my time completing courses in animal welfare, equine behavior, COVID contact tracing, and on the overall veterinary profession. This year, I will be working in the CCI as a Peer Engagement Fellow and will also be a TA for Ecology and Evolution during the fall
The CCI has definitely been one of the most helpful resources I have encountered at Middlebury. I look forward to being a part of the CCI team again and helping you with your professional endeavors! I look forward to seeing you soon!
Dennis Miranda-Cruz ’22
Major: International Politics and Economics (concentrated in Chinese Studies) with a Computer Science minor
Fun Fact: Bill Nye the Science Guy once shot an air cannon at my friends and me in middle school.
Career Interests: My ideal career would be one that incorporates or combines my interests in public/international policy, software development, finance, and consulting. If I can’t find that career, I wouldn’t mind experimenting in entrepreneurship.
What’s up! My name is Dennis Miranda-Cruz and I am a junior from Washington, D.C., working towards a major in International Politics and Economics with a language concentration in Mandarin as well as a minor in Computer Science. At Middlebury, I am a VP at Middlebury Consulting Group and the co-founder of the Middlebury Student Ambassador Program. I am also involved in cultural and community organizations like Muevete Jevi, Alianza, and MiddCAM. I was also a member of SGA through the Diversity and Inclusion committee, and I plan to return this year as a member of the Student Affairs committee.
My academic program pushes me to consistently be on my toes and outside my comfort zone as my semester classes can consist of a wide array of subject areas from data algorithms, economic theory, political philosophy, Mandarin, and so on. My summer expereinces reflects the diversity of my academic interests. My freshman summer I interned at the D.C. Mayor’s Office where I worked on developing strategic outreach for the Latino community in preparations for the 2020 Census. My sophomore year, I interned in the Vermont House Committee on Health Care, before transitioning into a New Technologist Intern at Microsoft where I improved my software development and product management skills. Next summer, I will join Wells Fargo as a Junior Investment Banking Analyst.
I’m excited to work as an Engagement Fellow this year and I look forward to being the liaison between you and the CCI!
Zoe Garcia ‘22
Major: International and Global Studies with a Latin American focus with a Russian minor
Fun Fact: I have the same birthday as Shakira and Groundhog Day! (February 2nd)
Career Interests: I would like to work in the field of diplomacy, interpretation, or nonproliferation studies.
Hey y’all! I’m Zoe, a junior International and Global Studies major with a concentration in Latin America. My minor is Russian, and I have a huge passion for languages and the art of communication. I hope to use the Portuguese I have learned from my major, as well as Spanish and Russian, in my career. In the near future I hope to get certified for interpretation and study that for my masters at Middlebury’s Monterrey campus! I have experience with Debate and Model UN, and even though I’m pretty introverted, I deeply enjoy the art of public speaking. Piecing together a new language in my head and then utilizing it with native and non native speakers in a high stakes environment, like a UN Security Council meeting, is my ideal career!
On campus I participated in the First@Midd program as a first year, and as a mentor my sophomore year. I hold the First Generation community very close to my heart, and hope to continue to uplift typically underrepresented students on campus throughout the rest of my time at Midd. My hobbies include yoga, meditation, running (aka occasional jogging), learning languages for fun, and crafting furniture. As a Peer Engagement Fellow I hope to help the CCI expose every student - from First Years to Seniors - to the mountain of resources and support that the CCI has. Pro tip: Make appointments early and often with Career Advisors. Even if you’re not sure what you need help with yet, they can help guide you!
Shamar Walker ‘21
Major: International Political Science and Economics with a Spanish minor
Fun Fact: I am the middle child of 4 sisters.
Career Interests: Law and Economics field.
What’s going on everyone?! I’m Shamar Walker, a senior majoring in International Political Science and Economics (IPE) with Spanish from Brooklyn, New York. On campus, I worked as a barber, First-Year Counselor in Battell, and for the CCI as front-desk assistant. In addition, I have been involved in Black Student Union (BSU) and Distinguish Men of Color (DMC).
The summer after my first year of college I interned at Southern District of New York District Attorney Office where I aided Assistant District Attorneys with preparing trial materials, and assisting the trial team in preparation for trial. This experience was made possible with the CCI’s Summer Internship Funding Grants. Most recently, I studied Spanish in Middlebury Language School during the Summer 2019.
As an Engagement Fellow, I hope to be a valuable resource that provides you with engaging events and answers to your Quick Questions. Feel free to contact me during PCE regular. Best wishes for this Academic Year!