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
Many decisions are still to be made by the College regarding Winter Term 2021; information on this page is subject to change. We expect to have policy decisions from the College by early October regarding in-person internships, travel, etc and will update this page accordingly. Funding for Winter Term internships is also pending final College decisions.
In the meantime, students should proceed with plans to secure a Winter Term internship and a faculty academic sponsor. Contact Cheryl Whitney Lower or any CCI advisor for questions and advice.
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 additional information.
CCI can help you find an internship and navigate the credit application process. Here’s how we can help:
- Meet with a CCI Advisor in your interest area;make an appointment in Handshake.
- Drop into Quick Questions to meet with a Peer Career Advisor to get started on your search and to get your resume approved.
- Contact Cheryl Whitney Lower, Associate Director of Internships and Early Engagement at email@example.com with any questions.
All student application for credit materials are due November 30 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 Winter Term Internship for Credit application will be made live in Handshake after the College has released official information about Winter Term 2021. We expect to be able to make the application live by mid-October.
It is to your benefit to complete the application for internship credit early but please 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.
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 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 November 30, 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
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 is 100 hours, typically over the course of all four weeks of J-term. If you have an exceptionally different circumstance, please make your case clear in your application for credit.
- Sophomores through Super Seniors only are eligible to participate in Winter Term internships. All students must be in residence and enroll in a Winter Term course their first winter term at Middlebury. This includes both September and February matriculates (Sophomore Febs).
- A student may not repeat the same Winter Term internship.
- A relative may not function as an internship supervisor.
Many decisions are still to be made. The College will make final policy decisions about Winter Term 2021 by early October.
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. Please note the situation remains fluid and requirements may change.
In the meantime, if you think you would like to participate in a Winter Term internship, whether remotely or in-person, go ahead with your planning — you can be searching for an internship and working on finding a faculty member to serve as your academic sponsor.
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 ten 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).
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!
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.
Q What is an Academic Sponsor and why do I need to list 3 scholarly sources in my application for credit?
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, and signing the Academic Sponsor form to indicate willingness to guide the student and determine 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.
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.
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 .
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 housing for a local internship. 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 by the end of the day, November 15th and will therefore not be approved to be on campus at any time during the term.
If you receive an approval email from CCI before or during WT registration: You will be instructed on how to register for your internship.
If your internship is approved after WT course registration period has ended: The CCI will inform you and the Registrar’s office of your approval to undertake an internship for credit. The Registrar’s office will then switch your registration to the internship and drop you from your prior registered course.
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.
Internship funding is pending final policy decisions by the College on Winter Term 2021. We expect to have more information on Winter Term by early to mid-October.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Q Where's the application, what are the deadlines, and how do I apply for a credit-bearing Winter Term internship?
The 2021 Winter Term Application for Credit application will be made live after the College releases its policy decisions about Winter Term. We expect these decisions in early October. Once the application is live a student will complete an application for credit by creating an Experience in Handshake and attaching required paperwork to the Experience.
In the meantime, students can get started with their planning by following these steps.
1) Have your resume approved by visiting with a 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 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).|
Steps to complete after the Application for Winter Term Credit is live in Handshake:
- Create an Experience in Handshake and attach your CCI-Approved Resume, Personal Statement, and Internship Agreement to your Experience. Deadline: no later than Nov. 30.
- 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 4 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.