The International Environmental Policy Program is unique because we're really creating the cutting edge agenda setters for policy in the world on really a range of sustainability initiatives across all seven continents, and pushing the envelope of really implementing the innovative solutions that are gonna solve the world's pressing poverty problems.
Our student Anumung Dravon, and her project in Ecuador, which Sam is involved, that place, right where you guys have this project, is the most biologically rich place on the planet.
The reason that I chose IEP MBA is because I have three different skills and experiences that I wanted to mesh into one, and MIIS offered this really unique combination that I couldn't find anywhere else.
MIIS prepares students for success by basically telling them that they have to write their own career path. And so we are educating people to really get into very niche fields that it's hard to think of what degree you would get to get that job, and so it's a very exciting path there in terms of networking, and conferences, and research, and fine tuning to end up at these really unique job opportunities that our students get pretty much without fail.
I've had this passion for ocean conservation since I was nine years old, but I didn't know how to actually harness that into a career, and MIIS has taught me exactly how to do that.
One of the things that stood out to me at the institute, is the structure of the curriculum, which allows me to return to Haiti last summer, and conducted research on best agricultural practices by assessing their impact on deforestation, migration, and poverty. And also with the help of the Institute, I was able to share the finding of my research with policy makers from Haiti at a conference in Harvard, last November.
We take learning beyond the walls of a classroom by being very clear right away that the classroom experience is really only about a third of what we consider the full graduate experience. The other third being participation in all kinds of clubs, associations, conferences, extracurricular activities, and a third on the job training. Any major environmental organization, even some smaller ones that operate and moderate, we have a relationship with and routinely have students working with.
Through MIIS, I was able to get an internship last summer with the MIIS Alum, and through that connection, I met my current boss, which is my dream job, and I will continue to work there once I graduate. And that opportunity would not have been presented to me unless I were at MIIS, and had developed the skills that I have now.
I learned a lot of skill in biodiversity protection, and research design, and design analysis, which I'm using right now in my internship at the Santa Lucia Conservancy. I think my experience with the Santa Lucia Conservancy will give me the knowledge that I need to save the biodiversity in Haiti.
If you have a spark, something that drives you every single day, this is the place that can give you the skill set to create that change that inspires you.
If you're the type of person who really wants to think of the affirmative and create the solutions for the future, this is the right program for you.