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Students pose outside Intel, where the participated in a weeklong Student Trek.

Student Treks connect you with alumni during organizational site visits and job shadowing experiences.

Hosted over breaks, these CCI-led trips are cohort experiences that provide you with an opportunity to explore a particular field of interest.

The CCI works with members of the Middlebury Professional Networks (MPNs) to plan meaningful experiences. Activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Job Shadowing opportunities with industry-specific alumni in various job functions and roles
  • Reflection dinners
  • Opportunities to engage with alumni and Middlebury parents
  • Career Networking Reception for alumni and students

Upcoming Student Treks

Stay tuned as we work on the Trek schedule for 2022-2023!

Past Student Treks

Conflict Transformation Trek
Washington, D.C. June 5-8, 2022

Environment and Sustainability Trek
San Francisco and Monterey County, CA (Feb Break 2020)

Technology Trek
Boston, MA (October 21, 2019 - Fall Break)

Media and Entertainment Trek
New York, NY (June 2019)

Innovation Trek
Silicon Valley, San Francisco, CA (February Break 2019)
See the Innovation Trek Newsroom story

Media and Entertainment Trek
New York, NY (June 2018)

DC Trek
Washington, DC (Spring Break 2018)

Technology Trek
San Francisco Bay Area, CA (February Break 2018)
See the Tech Trek Newsroom story.

Media and Entertainment Trek
Los Angeles, CA (Spring 2017)
See the M&E Newsroom story.

Government, Politics, Energy, and Environment Trek
Washington, DC (Spring Break 2017)
 

Conflict Resolution Trek

Washington D.C., June 5-8, 2022

The Center for Careers and Internships and the Middlebury in DC office collaborated to provide a fully funded visit to Washington D.C. in early summer. The objective was to expose students interested in areas of conflict transformation, including peace and security studies, and migration and refugee issues, to real-world professional experiences that will enable them to apply their liberal arts learning while informing their career exploration and other post-graduate planning.

Conflict Transformation Trek Crew with Senator Bernie Sanders
The Conflict Transformation Trek group with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont outside the U.S. Capitol.

Over the course of four days, 14 students and three staff visited a variety of organizations including FHI 360, Search for Common Ground, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Embassy of Qatar, Bridge Alliance, United States Institute for Peace, International Monetary Fund, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Friends Committee on National Legislation and Capitol Hill to visit with the Vermont delegation.

Sajia Yaqouby '25.5 with Senator Patrick Leahy
Sajia Yaqouby ’25.5 with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont in his office.

We were also pleased to be joined by two special guest speakers for evening reflection dinners.  Middlebury Trustee Catherine Lee ’92 shared stories about her career in a warm welcome to the city on the first night.  And another Trustee Dr. Helen Riess spoke about her work at her company that provides evidence based empathy and communication skills training for healthcare, law enforcement and business that was well received by the students.

Conflict Transformation Trek crew sitting in  a large, white conference room
The group at the Qatar Embassy in Washington.

This program was funded by the new $25 million grant from the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation to support programming in this area. Michelle McCauley, professor of psychology and the faculty director and acting executive director “noted the distinction between conflict transformation and conflict mediation and reconciliation, which often proceed more pragmatically to dissolve conflicts. Conflict transformation, in contrast, assumes that conflict will always be present, but that it can be transformed toward positive and not destructive societal goals. The approach focuses on addressing the underlying conditions that give rise to conflict, preferably well in advance of hostility—and ensuring, as much as possible, a sustainable peace. Conflict transformation attempts to reshape the social structures and dynamics behind the conflict.”