Each Winter Term, many students participate in internships and apply for the opportunity to earn academic credit while having high-level exposure to valuable work tied to academic and/or professional interests.

 

Information on Winter Term 2021

The College announced on Oct. 8 that Winter Term 2021 will be held Jan. 19 - Feb. 12. Winter Term internships for credit may start earlier but must end by Feb. 12. Internships must be at least 4 weeks long and at least 25 hour per week, with a start date no earlier than Jan. 4 and an end date no later than Feb. 12. 

Important update as of Oct. 29: Since Spring arrival dates have been moved up to Feb. 21 and 22, students who are doing in-person internships or hybrid internships and are planning to come back to campus for Spring semester must begin quarantining on Feb. 7 or 8. This means internships that continue into the week of Feb. 8-12 must be done remotely the last week. Students are responsible for informing supervisors of this requirement and adjusting the dates of the internship if needed.   

Current Middlebury policy has determined that virtual internships are most conducive to personal health and safety for all, but should the supervisor and intern agree that an in-person internship is desirable and pending College policy, such experiences may be allowed if both parties sign an agreement to follow CDC guidelines as well as evolving state, local, and College restrictions related to Covid-19.  Any in-person internship must end in time to allow the student to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus for Spring term (arrival dates are Feb. 21-22) or transition to a remote internship during the week of Feb. 8-12.  Please note the situation remains fluid and requirements may change.

 

A Winter Term internship for credit will challenge you to apply your liberal arts learning in a real-world setting and provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the connections between your classroom education and hands-on learning.

See the WINTER TERM INTERNSHIP TIMELINE AND CHECKLIST for action steps, deadlines, and links to application and forms. 

CCI can help you find an internship and navigate the credit application process. Here’s how we can help: 

Application Deadlines

All student applications for Winter Term internship credit are reviewed and approved on a rolling basis until December 2, 2020 and supporting Internship Supervisor and Academic Sponsor forms are due a week after the student submits their application. Applications are submitted as an “Experience” in Handshake and are approved by the Curriculum Committee and CCI on a rolling basis. 

NOTE:  The College is closed the week of Thanksgiving, so CCI strongly recommends that you complete your application for credit and all required steps before Thanksgiving. You must submit the application and supporting documents (personal statement, approved résumé, and internship agreement) all at once. Résumés must be approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor prior to submitting your application.

Approval Process

The approval process typically takes 1-2 weeks and includes the following steps. 

  • The Curriculum Committee oversees the application-for-credit process in partnership with individual faculty members and the CCI.
  • By submitting an Academic Sponsor form, a faculty member gives their approval to the Curriculum Committee that there is potential for scholarly investigation of an issue or topic related to the internship experience.

Credit

  • Credit will be granted for evidence of connected learning through the final academic work which will be evaluated by the faculty academic sponsor. 
  • If you secure an internship after December 2, 2020 deadline, you cannot receive academic credit.
  • If you do not need the credit for graduation and plan to pursue a non credit-bearing internship, you must contact the Registrar’s office and complete an opt-out form to withdraw from Winter Term and ensure that you meet all the appropriate requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Winter Term internships involve significant, high-level exposure to the fundamental work of an organization, with ties to a student’s academic and/or professional interests.

  • A Winter Term internship for credit is unpaid. 
     
  • The minimum internship is 4 weeks long and 25 hours per week for a total of 100 hours minimum.  If you have an exceptionally different circumstance, please make your case clear in your application for credit.
     
  •  The internship may start as early as Jan. 4 and must end by Feb. 12.  
     
  • Sophomores through Super Seniors only are eligible to participate in Winter Term internships.  All students must enroll in a Winter Term course their first winter term at Middlebury. This includes both September and February matriculates (Sophomore Febs).
     
  • Only students who have been enrolled for Fall 2020 are eligible to earn credit for Winter Term 2021. 
     
  • A student may not repeat the same Winter Term internship.
     
  • A relative may not function as an internship supervisor.
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Winter Term 2021 dates are Jan. 19-Feb. 12. Winter Term internships may start as early as Jan. 4 and must end on or before Feb. 12. Since Spring arrival dates have been moved up to Feb. 21 and 22 (per College announcement on Oct. 29), students who are doing in-person internships or hybrid internships and are planning to come back to campus for Spring semester must begin quarantining on Feb. 7 or 8. This means internships that continue into the week of Feb. 8-12 must be done remotely the last week.  Students are responsible for informing their internship supervisor of this requirement and working with the supervisor to adjust internship dates if needed. If internship dates are changed or need to change related to this schedule, please inform internships@middlebury.edu. so we can change your record in Handshake.  

Student evaluations and supervisor evaluations are due Feb. 17, and faculty academic sponsors must submit their credit recommendations to CCI by Feb. 22.     

Current Middlebury policy has determined that virtual internships are most conducive to personal health and safety for all, but should the supervisor and intern agree that an in-person internship is desirable and pending College policy, such experiences may be allowed if both parties sign an agreement to follow CDC guidelines as well as evolving state, local, and College restrictions related to Covid-19.  Any in-person internship must end in time to allow the student to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus for Spring term (arrival dates are Feb. 21-22) or transition to a remote internship during the week of Feb. 8-12. Please note the situation remains fluid and requirements may change. 

 

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One way to find a J-term internship is to visit Handshake. Do a keyword search for “Winter Term.” (CCI will start posting Winter Term internships in Handshake in late September.) Remember, an internship you see listed there is not automatically approved for credit. Securing the internship for J-term is the first step; getting credit for it is a separate process. Please read this entire web site and FAQs to understand the process.

In addition, students are encouraged to find or create their own internships. For CCI’s top tips, go to Find an Internship.

If you’d like help in finding an internship, schedule an appointment with a career advisor in your interest area by visiting See an Advisor. You can also get started by dropping into Quick Questions via Zoom to see a Peer Career Advisor (PCA). 

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In the Resources section of Handshake, you will find a list of internships that Middlebury students have done in previous Winter Terms and summers. The list is sorted by industry field (Arts, Business, Communications, etc). Read and explore to get some ideas of what you might want to do and reach out to the student listed if you want more information!

View a listing of previous internships here.

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You must have your resume approved by a Peer Career Advisor before submitting your application for Winter Term internship credit. Ideally, you would have your resume approved before even applying for an internship.  

Peer Career Advisors approve resumes during Quick Questions via Zoom. See here for Quick Question hours. Don’t wait until the last minute as it may take more than one visit to approve your resume.

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The Academic Sponsor is a Middlebury faculty member who agrees to act as the academic connector between your internship experience and learning explored during the internship. The academic sponsor must agree that the internship provides a worthwhile opportunity for the application of liberal arts learning. Their responsibilities will include working with the student to develop a plan tying the internship experience to the exploration of scholarly ideas, helping the student identify learning objectives and at least three scholarly sources to list in the application for credit, signing the Academic Sponsor form to indicate willingness to guide the student during the internship, and determining whether the post-internship academic work deserves credit. 

The three scholarly sources that you list in your application for credit will provide relevant academic content for your experience and should be incorporated into your final work (typically a research paper or journal) that you present to your Academic Sponsor. See samples here.

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Yes. In many cases, your faculty advisor will serve as your academic sponsor. An academic sponsor need not have deep expertise in your internship area as long as they feel that they can work with you to develop a plan for, and evaluate, academic work that will tie your internship to a scholarly investigation of a related topic, issue or idea. The Curriculum Committee recommends, however, that students undertaking an internship unrelated to their major (e.g. a music major participating in a law internship), should attempt to find a faculty member from a background more tied to their topic of interest to serve as their academic sponsor. 

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Students are required to earn Middlebury credits during at least two winter terms and can choose to earn credit for four Winter Terms.

No more than two Winter Term credits may be earned through a credit-bearing internship. 

For additional information about non-standard credits (such as AP credits and internships), please click here .

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If your internship has not yet been approved before or during WT registration: All students proposing a Winter Term internship MUST register for a Winter Term class, to ensure you are enrolled in a class in case the proposal is denied and/or to secure your option for credit. Being waitlisted for a J-Term course is not the same as being registered for a course; if you  are not registered for a course you will automatically be OPTED OUT when Banner web registration is closed.

When you receive an approval email from CCIYou will be instructed on how to register for your internship or switch your class registration to the internship “course.” You will not be able to register for the internship in Banner until you have been approved in the system and have received your approval letter from CCI

Students who elect not to participate in winter term MUST still participate in winter term registration by enrolling in the No-Credit, “Opt-Out” option. Students registering for this No-Credit option will not receive academic credit during winter term and will not be eligible to remain on campus. 

 

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Thanks to generous alumni donors, CCI is able to offer eighteen grants for 2021 Winter Term internships. These $1500 grants will support students who receive financial aid from Middlebury College or scholarships from Middlebury-affiliated programs such as Posse, College Match, etc. Students must be pursuing a for-credit internship and have expenses related to the internship. The grants will support travel, housing, food, and/or loss of wages from an on-campus job, etc. (Please note: airfare/travel expenses to and from Middlebury may not be included in your budget, nor counted as expenses.)  Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and only students who submit a complete Winter Term application for credit will be considered. Apply early and be prepared in the Application for Winter Term credit to answer questions about why you are applying for funds and to provide a detailed budget.    

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No, Winter Term internships for academic credit are unpaid experiences, although it is allowable for students to receive a stipend from their internship provider to help pay for their living or transportation expenses. 

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Yes. Depending on where the internship will take place, you may need to take additional actions.

If you plan to do the internship in the U.S. and you are in F-1 student status*, you will need Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment authorization. For CPT, the winter term internship must earn academic credit and must be related to your major field of study. If CCI notifies you that your internship has been approved by the Curriculum Committee, you will need to apply to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) for CPT authorization. See here for more information about CPT eligibility, and contact ISSS (isss@middlebury.edu) if you have additional questions. 

*For international students not in F-1 status, contact ISSS to explore if you are eligible to pursue an internship in the U.S.

For internships outside the U.S., you will need to determine whether you will require a particular visa status or employment authorization to pursue the opportunity in your home country or in another non-U.S. location.  

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International travel for an internship must be reviewed by the Global Operations Committee and may be approved on a case by case basis.  

International internships require more planning time in planning, particularly in terms of investigating any visa issues associated with your internship. Please note that students must comply with international travel registration, waivers, and insurance coverage as described below. 

International registration, health, and insurance coverage process: If you are approved for internship credit and your internship experience is in a country other than the US, you must complete steps to register your travel plans online and ensure that you have medevac, repatriation, and health insurance. If you do not have such insurance coverage, you must enroll (there is a charge of approximately $75 per month). If you are an international student with an internship experience in your home country, you do not have to purchase the insurance but you still need to register your travel plans. Specific instructions will be included in your internship credit award notification. Students should consult the CDC, Parton Health Center and/or their health care provider on recommended vaccinations. Please see 4 Simple Steps for Safer Travel.

Please Note: Requests for credit approval for internships involving travel to countries with State Department Travel Advisories of Levels 2, 3, or 4 will necessitate additional paperwork and may be denied by the College based on a risk assessment analysis. Students who are already located in their home country and want to engage in an internship for credit, either in-person or remote, must also be reviewed by the Global Operations Committee. Check the State Department Travel Advisory page. Travel to or location in a Level 2 advisory country where Middlebury has a school abroad does not require additional review. Travel to or location in countries with Level 2 where Middlebury does not have a school abroad, as well as countries with Level 3 and 4 travel advisories (including your home country), require submission of an International Activity Approval Form (scroll to bottom of page and click on the blue button) to the Global Operations Committee. Complete the form as early as possible (and preferably before you submit your Winter Term internship application for credit) so the Committee has time to review your proposal.

 

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The 2021 Winter Term Application for Credit application is now live. The student will complete an application for credit by creating an Experience in Handshake and attaching required paperwork to the Experience.  

Deadline: Approvals are done on a rolling basis so complete your application asap, but no later than Dec. 2. Please note that the College is closed the week of Thanksgiving, so we strongly recommend that you complete all the steps below before Thanksgiving break.

Follow these steps: 

1) Have your resume approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor at Quick Questions. A CCI-approved resume is a requirement for applying for internship credit and is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED when applying for internships. Resume approval may require more than one visit.
 
2) Secure an internship. See go/findinternships for tips, make an appointment with a CCI advisor, visit a PCA for help, or see related FAQ.

3) Find a faculty member who will agree to serve as your academic sponsor. See related FAQs. 

4) Write your Personal Statement (use essay prompt here) and include 3 scholarly sources (see related FAQ).

5) Download the Internship Agreement Form, read it, and initial all sections. 

6) Create an Experience in Handshake - this is your application for credit. (Find it at go/Handshake>Career Center>Experiences>Create an Experience.) Select Winter Term Application for Credit/Funding and Winter Term 2021 and answer all questions marked with an asterisk. Immediately after submitting, attach your personal statement, your CCI-approved resume, and a signed Internship Agreement. Several funding grants are available for students on financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis.

After you submit the Application for Winter Term Credit in Handshake:

  • Your internship supervisor will need to complete an Intern Sponsor Agreement Form - a link to this form will automatically be sent to the on-site internship supervisor you have designated in your Handshake Experience. This form will be due 3 days after you submit your Experience.  
  • Your Faculty Academic Sponsor will complete an Academic Sponsor Approval form - a link to this form will automatically be sent to the faculty member after your internship supervisor has submitted their form and will be due 3 days after receipt.  
  • CCI will inform you whether the Curriculum Committee has approved your application for credit by sending you an email. The process usually takes 1-2 weeks. You should alert your internship supervisor and academic sponsor that they will be receiving emails from Handshake (they should check their spam and clutter folders) and should complete the forms asap. 

 

 

 

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