| by Dion Miller

IEM and IPSS Fall '21
Several students are serving organizations that have regularly hosted MIIS practicum interns. The photo on the left showcases IEM students and alumni at UC Santa Cruz and the photo on the right shows a prior practicum student working at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Seattle. 

During our Fall 2021 semester, we have 28 Middlebury Institute of International Studies students participating in semester-long immersive learning programs. The programs were online and in-person, with the world starting to open up again.

Across all 28 IEM and IPSS practicum participants, the US has the greatest share with students working from California to Georgia, Washington, and Wisconsin. California has the most participants with eight in Monterey, Irvine, and Sacramento with Washington, DC in second place with 6 participants. As the world begins to reopen after the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to have students working remotely and in-person with international positions in France, Nicaragua, Greece, and Costa Rica.

The International Education Management (IEM) program is focused on gaining practical experience and advanced management skills for students entering the career of international education. 

International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) is a practical experience designed for students in the International Policy and Development, International Environmental Policy, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, and Master of Public Administration programs.

Below is a list of the current participants, their organizations, and the location of the organizations. 

International Education Management (IEM) Practicum Participants

Name Placement

Location of Organization

Paula Adams*

Class2Class (COIL) Mountain View, CA

Katriya Burkdoll

International Rescue Committee Sacramento, CA

Anahi Casteneda Maldonaldo

UC Irvine, Study Abroad Center Irvine, CA

Alonso Cruz

FIU Collaborative Online International Learning (COILO) Office Miami, FL

Wenonah Echelard

Cultural Vistas Washington, DC

Abby Gray*

Verto Education Inc.  San Jose, Costa Rica

Anna Mei Gubbins

N.U. in Northeastern University Experience Boston Program Boston, MA

Femi Higgins

UPEACE and Teens of Color Abroad  San Jose, Costa Rica

Amanda Jew

N.U. in Northeastern University Experience Boston Program Boston, MA

Hannah Neher*

Oklahoma University College of Arts and Sciences Oklahoma City, OK

Jaylon Rhodes

Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA

Lizzie Roberts

OneWorld Now!  Seattle, WA

Emilie Roberts

Lakeland University Sheboygan, WI

Hsinyun Shen

UC Santa Cruz, Global Learning Team Santa Cruz, CA

Hayley Singleton

N.U. in Northeastern University in Greece Thessaloniki, Greece

Christina Tran

World Learning Washington, DC

Eleanor Vogt

UC San Diego, Study Abroad Office San Diego, CA

Asa Waterworth

Middlebury College Admissions Middlebury, VT

Katie Wells

University of Syracuse in Strasbourg Strasbourg, France

* indicates joint IEM/MPA student

Kira Lemons IEM '20
Kira Lemons (IEM ‘20) worked at UC Santa Cruz during the pandemic and had a special visitor during her Zoom session. Kiki Shen (IEM ‘21) is working with the UC Santa Cruz Global Learning team this fall. 

International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) Practicum Participants

Name Placement

Location of Organization

Chris Baca Oxfam

Washington, DC

Kelli Catey Gathering for Women

Monterey, CA

Seir Khan USAID Prosper Africa Initiative

Washington, DC

Taylor Morgan California Department of General Services, Office of Public Schools Construction

Sacramento, CA

Samuel Naujokas Stimson Center

Washington, DC

D. S. (Anonymous) International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)

Washington, DC

Alyssa Serrano International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New Mexico, USA

Peter Stewart

International Rescue Committee (IRC) New Mexico, USA
Elisabeth von Halem Doselva

Granada, Nicaragua


Shelley Chen IPD
Shelley Chen, IPD ‘19 (pre-pandemic) poses with fellow co-workers at the Seattle office of the International Rescue Committee. There are three students currently working at IRC this fall (Katriya Burkdoll MPA/IEM ‘21, Peter Stewart MPA ‘22, and Alyssa Serrano IPD ‘22). 

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