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Middlebury has several cohort internship programs where students intern at different organizations but share a common thread in terms of geography and/or theme.

These programs most often include an academic and/or professional development curriculum that helps students understand the theme more systemically and more formally learn from one another. The framework of a cohort work, living, and learning experience adds value and contributes to the goals of a liberal arts education to prepare our students for life, work, and citizenship. There is perhaps no greater means to connect learning with work and career exploration, while building community among students of diverse backgrounds. 

Individual internship listings can be found in Handshake, or email us at for general inquiries. Read more about some of Middlebury’s current signature cohort programs below.


  • Middlebury FoodWorks places students in internships related to local food movements and sustainable development in Vermont –from farm to table, research to policy. Four days a week, students do a deep-dive, get work experience, and develop skills. On the 5th day, students participate in structured food-related field trips, service projects, readings and discussions, and blog posts.
  • MuseumWorks introduces students to the dynamic and multifaceted professional world of museums and archives through a combination of internship placements in local cultural institutions, professional development, field trips, and collaboration on an exhibition project.
  • CLIMB Internship Program is designed exclusively for Harvard, Middlebury, MIT, Stanford, Brown, and Yale students interested in a wide variety of areas from the arts to high tech. These internships will be posted in Handshake
  • Social Impact Corps connects students to the front line of social change with unique global internships. A cohort of students works with an international NGO and receives tangible work experience having social impact. The program is an entry point to gaining deeper understanding and curating the tools needed to lead a purpose-driven career. Projects for summer ’18 are working on sustainable agriculture and development in Peru, and education and sustainable development in the Bahamas.
  • Privilege & Poverty Internships engage students through national and local programs to address issues of poverty and support social justice. Nationally, selected students choose from over 100 Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) internships while, locally, the Center for Community Engagement has partnerships with about six Addison County agencies.
  • Vermont Business Strategy and Consulting Program is for students interested in leading a business, non-profit, or other organization, or in management consulting as a career. Students are given in-depth hands-on experience working on a key strategic management issue for a local enterprise. The cohort also gathers weekly with Dr. Amitava Biswas, instructor for the Introduction to Business and Management and Enterprise courses.
  • Team4Tech (Costa Rica) connects technology volunteers and solutions with high impact non-profit organizations in developing countries. Students go through six weeks of on-line preparation in human-centered design, followed by four weeks of in-country immersive service learning, providing technology and training to teachers in rural schools.
  • Anwarul Quadir Foundation (AQF) Economic Development Fellowships allows students to experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of working in a rapidly developing country. AQF, which sponsors this program, seeks to promote understanding of economic and social progress in Bangladesh. AQF identifies organizations where students intern, in such industries as telecommunications, banking, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, ceramics, software, food production, and more. 


The Center for Community Engagement partners with several Addison County agencies to provide local Winter Term internship opportunities for Middlebury students. These internships will be posted in Handshake.