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Winter Term 2022 Middlebury Social Impact Corps Intern: Impact Monterey County

Connecting students to social change in Monterey, California

About Middlebury Social Impact Corps
The Middlebury Social Impact Corps (MSIC) Intern program is a cohort-based experiential learning program developed to prepare students to become purposeful global citizens in the field of social impact. Interns will work with a project team consisting of undergraduate Interns and MIIS graduate student Scholars with a focus on long-term partnership development in collaboration with community-based non-profits and NGO’s.  One Middlebury undergraduate student will be selected as an Intern and one MIIS graduate student will participate in ongoing learning, reflection and action in partnership with this year's host site, Impact Monterey County, located in Monterey, California, USA.

This is a remote, unpaid, credit-bearing internship, approximately 25 hours per week. Training will be provided as needed to complete the scope of the project. Students are encouraged to apply to receive academic credit. Please contact Dr. Netta Avineri for information about academic sponsors for the MSIC program.

Impact Monterey County (IMC) is a collaborative effort of nonprofits, public agencies and the community working together to identify the most effective ways to improve life in our county. IMC employs multiple outreach and engagement strategies to shine a light on our community aspirations. These aspirations are listed under four priority areas including: education, safety, economic self-sufficiency and health.
The goals of IMC include:
  • Assess: To assess and measure important community needs
  • Collaborate: To identify other community assessments and use existing data to ensure efficiencies and to streamline IMC
  •  Align: To align stakeholders toward common goals and measurements that improve conditions for all
  • Implement/Take Action: To establish a common agenda for addressing specific issues impacting communities throughout Monterey County and to take actionable steps toward accomplishing said agenda
  • Measure/Sustain: To establish a plan to measure progress made toward common agenda and to continue the assessment process at regular intervals going forward

IMC is looking for students who believe in the importance of incorporating community member voice into policies, projects, and programs to help with our 2022 Community Assessment in Monterey County. Impact Monterey County conducted its first Community Needs Assessment in 2014, which was the first assessment in our local community to understand the experiences and aspirations of those who live here. This assessment consisted of 7,400 survey respondents and 400 community conversation participants who articulated a clear vision, set of values, and community priorities.

A smaller scale version of this assessment was conducted again in 2019 in collaboration with the Middlebury Institute of international Studies, Middlebury College, California State University at Monterey Bay, and many of our local partners to collect experiences and aspirations from over 3,000 survey respondents and 154 community conversation participants. We are seeking to conduct this assessment again in 2022 knowing that the pandemic has changed our community. We would like to understand how experiences and aspirations have been impacted and where they currently lie. As we face our “new normal” we know that fresh data is critical so the polices, projects, and plans reflect where our community currently is and are aligned with existing priorities.   

Students working on this project during January 2022 Term will be collaborating with community partners and members to refine the past survey to collect meaningful data for the present day while still allowing for some key points of comparison between years. Time permitting, they will also work on strategies to effectively implement the survey during Summer 2022. Strategies would ensure that community partner's co-creation and survey participation reflects the diversity and lived experiences of our community.

Responsibilities in this position will include:
  • Reviewing past iterations of the survey to identify trends;
  • Facilitating meetings with community members and leaders to collect feedback on the 2019 iteration/implementation of the survey and collect new data needs for the 2022 Community Assessment;
  • Collaborating with partners who focus on data to strategize about collection tools and metrics.

Skills and Experience:
Spanish proficiency is preferable, but not required;
Facilitation experience;
Excel proficiency;
Survey design experience;
Experience working with diverse communities and stakeholders.

How to apply:
Program Dates:  Thursday, Jan. 6 to Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
Applications Due: November 7, 11:55pmEST
Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and complete the January 2022 MSIC Intern Application. Applications will only be considered once all materials have been submitted.
If you have questions please contact Dr. Netta Avineri, MSIC Faculty Director (

**Middlebury Only**
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