MiddCORE students working

Over the course of eight sessions, sharpen your professional skill set, expand your network, explore possibilities, and up-level your potential. 

MCx Intern Lab is designed to complement and enrich your summer experience, from anywhere!

In this mentor-powered program, you will be immersed in a community of support, offering advice, guidance, and mentorship to excel in your summer opportunity and prepare for what’s next. We will explore first-hand the skills, mindsets, and behaviors passed on by our dedicated MCx Intern Lab mentors through weekly interactions. The program is open to Middlebury students with a focus on students enrolled in CCI, CCE, or Innovation Hub funded summer internships. 

MCx Intern Lab schedule May–July 2021

Schedule is subject to change based on mentor availability. All sessions are required and all times are in Eastern Daylight Time. Convert times with time zone conversion calculator into your location this summer.

3:00–6:00 p.m.

Eugene Korsunskiy
Eugene Korsunskiy, Design Thinking Lecturer at Dartmouth College

MCx Intern Lab kickoff—empathy and design thinking

MCx Intern Lab Orientation
MCx Intern LabTeam Greg Conrad, EJ Bartlett, Dana Anderson, and Professor Robert Moeller

The Path Forward
Mike Kiernan Instructor of Persuasive Communication, Physician, and Founder, Bee the Change

Intro to Design Thinking
Eugene Korsunskiy Design Thinking Lecturer at Dartmouth College

6:00–7:00 p.m.

MCx students team
MCx students work together to build a tower

Team Building—Getting to know your cohort (on campus students)

This event is available for all students currently studying on campus and is optional. We will host an in person get together in an on campus tent.

3:00–6:00 p.m.

Megan Nesbeth
Megan Nesbeth, Senior Strategist at frog design

Problem solving—approaching your work with a design thinking mindset

Self-Awareness—A Path to Leadership
Erin Quinn Director of Athletics at Middlebury College

Asset Mapping
Megan Nesbeth Strategist at frog design

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Amelia Howard
Amelia Howard, Sales Development Representative at Gong

Cultivating relationships­— tips on building a life–long network

Cold Calling and Elicitation
Griffin Jones Senior Associate at BroadBranch Advisors
John Hedden Partner at BroadBranch Advisors

The Connection Life Cycle
Amelia Howard Sales Development Representative at Gong

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Erin Quinn
Erin Quinn, Director of Athletics at Middlebury College

Mentor chat with Erin Quinn

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Kathleen Elkins
Kathleen Elkins, freelance reporter, former senior money reporter at CNBC, and MiddCORE alumni

Self–reflection—tools for assessing personal engagement and financial wellness

Energy and Engagement
Ernie Parizeau Retired partner, Norwest Venture Partners; and Professor of the Practice, Middlebury College

Good Financial Hygiene
Kathleen Elkins freelance reporter, former senior money reporter at CNBC

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Eugene Korsunskiy
Eugene Korsunskiy, Design Thinking Lecturer at Dartmouth College

Mentor chat with Eugene Korsunskiy

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Andrew Plumbly
Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion at American Alliance of Museums

Workplace etiquette­—helpful hints for excelling in the work place

Workplace Readiness
Cathy Lee Chief Operating Officer at Wolf Group Capital Advisors

Diversity and Inclusion: Awareness and Allyship
Andrew Plumley Director of Inclusion at American Alliance of Museums

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Amelia Howard
Amelia Howard, Sales Development Representative at Gong

Mentor chat with Amelia Howard

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Ernie Parizeau
Ernie Parizeau, retired partner, Norwest Venture Partners; and Professor of the Practice, Middlebury College

Difficult conversations—a case study in ethical decision-making

Practical Ethical Decision Making
Ernie Parizeau Retired partner, Norwest Venture Partners; and Professor of the Practice, Middlebury College

The Path Forward
Mike Kiernan Instructor of Persuasive Communication, Physician, and Founder, Bee the Change

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Ernie Parizeau
Ernie Parizeau, Retired partner, Norwest Venture Partners; and Professor of the Practice, Middlebury College

Mentor chat with Ernie Parizeau

8:00–9:00 p.m.

Kathleen Elkins
Kathleen Elkins, freelance reporter, former senior money reporter at CNBC

Mentor chat with Kathleen Elkins

7:00–9:00 p.m.

MiddCORE young alumni
Young alumni come back to share their experiences right after college

Young alumni panel—insights from the field

Sebastian Sanchez ‘18 Analyst - Equity, Debt & Structured Finance at Cushman & Wakefield
Linley Shaw ‘17 Customer Relationship Manager at Huckberry
Matt Marra ‘17 Associate at AllianceBernstein
Innocent Tswamuno ‘15 Senior Product Manager, Product Innovation, IHeartRadio
Annie Grayer ‘17 Reporter at CNN
Lucy Scott ‘16 Entrepreneurship Program Manager at ALX Africa
Nia Robinson ‘19 Manager, Brand Social at XX Artists

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Cathy Lee
Cathy Lee, Chief Operating Officer at Wolf Group Capital Advisors 

Evaluating the prototype­—a midsummer reflection and action plan

On Zoom

Frequently Asked Questions

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MCx Intern Lab is designed to complement and enrich your summer experience whether you are participating in an internship, community-based learning, or other experiential learning opportunity. This summer, you will experience the magic of our programming while gaining additional real-world experience in your job/internship/opportunity. To balance the workload, we have altered and abbreviated the curriculum to run over the course of eight sessions. 

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Work with peers, expand your network, develop skills, and make the most of your internship/experience. Through our weekly workshops and asynchronous engagements, develop the skills, mindsets, and behaviors to excel in your summer experience. Collaborate with your peers and cultivate relationships with our distinguished mentors to up-level your potential.

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In this program, you will learn the essential MCx Intern Lab skills throughout eight sessions and through our asynchronous activities. These core skills include elements of  leadership, strategic thinking, networking, financial wellness, and negotiation.

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By design, this program was created with your busy schedule in mind! Please refer to the schedule above for all synchronous session dates/times.

Outside of synchronous sessions, students should expect anywhere from ~1-2 hours of asynchronous work per week. (All relevant to your personal growth!)

 

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Yes, and we are excited to have you! Our May sessions will be conducted in a hybrid format, working in-person with students on campus and remotely with those studying off-campus. Throughout June and July, all sessions will be held remotely. The sessions scheduled above are in Eastern Daylight Time and you will have to attend these session times given your time zone. Here is a time zone converter.

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We will give first priority to students with summer opportunities funded through CCI, CCE, and the Innovation Hub. However, if you have an exciting summer opportunity and could benefit from MCx Intern Lab, fill out an application and tell us more about your interest in joining us!

 

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Sessions will be run by MCx Intern Lab mentors who are industry experts giving first-hand insight into leadership, innovation, and persuasive communication. The MiddCORE team (professors and staff) will facilitate the cohort discussions and reflections.

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We will be limiting this summer’s intake to 50 students to ensure the best mentor-to-student ratio and to foster engagement among students.

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Our goal is to deliver interactive programming that ensures connection and collaboration. We will plan to use a combination of the following: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Canvas, Mural, Gathertown, and Google Workspace.

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All graduates of MiddCORE and MCx Intern Lab programming. In addition to Middlebury alums, this network spans several colleges and universities across the country, now working both nation-wide and abroad.

The alumni community is organized on LinkedIn, Midd2Midd, and Facebook.

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No, there is no course credit offered for MCx Intern Lab.

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