What We Do

MiddCORE a leadership and Innovation Program

Middlebury’s Summer Leadership and Innovation Program

MiddCORE is about SKILLS.

A diverse group of students from top liberal arts colleges and universities bring their energy and curiosity to the four-week program. Collaborating in small groups, and working more 40 hours a week, you’ll face daily, weekly, and month-long challenges designed to build the CORE strengths and skills needed to become effective leaders and creative problem solvers.


Students learn by doing. Learn to think strategically by addressing real challenges posed by mentor organizations. Learn to innovate by developing and testing your own ideas in the MiddCORE Innovation Challenge. Learn to communicate persuasively by engaging in idea pitches and story-making workshops. Learn to negotiate by practicing conflict resolution. Learn to handle the unexpected by managing crises. And discover your moral compass by generating best responses to ethical dilemmas.


The key to the MiddCORE experience is our mentors. Through day-to-day interactions with these dynamic, engaging, and successful professionals, you’ll face hands-on challenges that will inspire you to think creatively, operate outside your comfort zone, and deal with ambiguity. With their help and guidance, you will build confidence, establish your strengths, and identify opportunities that are right for you.


Students become uniquely prepared to bring their education and their passions into the professional world, and go from understanding what they can do to understanding who they can become. MiddCORE alumni report that their participation in the program was an invaluable investment in their career preparation. They say in a month they developed the kind of resilience, creative confidence, skills, networks, and experiences that usually take years to acquire.

94% of recent participants said that MiddCORE gave them the skills to be confident in the workplace.

91% declared MiddCORE to be one of their most important undergraduate experiences.

98% felt they could approach strategic challenges in new ways.

Take a look at the full impact MiddCORE has had on their alumni.


MiddCORE is unlike any other program or internship. Participants come from many of the country’s top colleges and universities. They work together with mentors who are leaders in industry, academia, and government, and who live among them throughout the program, engaging with them on hands-on, realworld challenges.


MiddCORE is based at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Courses are held at the renowned graduate school campus and other locations around the Monterey Bay area.

Student housing is at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course accessible by foot, bike, or public transportation.

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