The Middlebury Institute is quite different from other schools because it has a very practitioner focus. We're a professional graduate school and a Master's Degree institution. Our curriculum's shaped around the needs of the field and the needs of the profession, and it's what we emphasize for our students.
The International Education Management Program was very appealing to me because of how hands-on it is, and how practical it is for what I want to do. I had such a great experience being an international student and studying abroad in Germany that I really want to help facilitate other experiential learning experiences for new generations of students, and the International Education Management Program is the perfect way to achieve that goal.
If you're going to work in a non-profit or a study abroad program, it's different from the standpoint that much of your revenue is going to be coming directly from participants in your program.
So, my favorite class is Marketing and Recruiting class and the Program Design Assessment class. Because those class allow us to work with a real client, and not only help us to build a relationship with our supervisors in the future, but also allow to get some hands on practice skills.
Through immersive learning funding, my partner and I were able to go to Spain this summer in order to do a site visit with the school. And that was an amazing opportunity because we were able to really get a sense for the unique components of the school itself and really get a better idea seeing first hand what the school had to offer. We continued that into the semester for our other required course which is Marketing and Recruiting. And we're working with that same school in southern Spain to market and recruit the program that we designed originally last semester.
We will be sending our full time counselor, Katelyn Lampton, to attend a pre-conference training. And after she attends this training she will be qualified to give a-
You're on campus for two semesters doing academic coursework. And then your third semester you're still doing academic course work, but you're in your practicum, so it's a work opportunity.
They're working as an employee or as an intern with an organization, and they're doing projects where they use their on campus learning and apply it in that work place setting, in the organizational setting.
Right now, I'm interning at the Berkeley International Office. I am working with the international students advisors. For the programming for international students, we want to ensure international students have a holistic experience at the US, so both academic but also personal growth.
The faculty are always available to help with anything, whether it be assignments for class or right now I'll be looking for my practicum, so an internship or work experience.
I really see the professors not only as educators, but also as colleagues and as mentors, and really there to help facilitate the learning that you're here trying to get.
If you're interested in really getting into the field and getting the experience necessary for starting a career in international education, then this program is definitely for you.