by Carolyn Meyer

Cliff inscriptions Han and Wei Dynasties
Xinyang Chen (MA Translation and Localization Management ‘21), peers at the “Analects” inscribed on an over-1000-year-old tablet in Xi’an, China.  (Credit: Xinyang Chen )

Immersive professional learning describes the real-world, applied learning opportunities offered through Middlebury Institute programs. Despite the onset of a global pandemic, practicum students successfully completed their internships and field projects remotely for the second half of the semester. Students joined their work colleagues in the massive move to “working from home.” 

Prior to shelter-in-place orders affected much of the world, students participated in January onsite courses in Cuba, the Czech Republic, and France. This article celebrates many of the immersive professional learning achievements of MIIS students during the spring 2020 semester. 

This spring, 91 students completed internships, jobs, and consultancies around the country and globe through Middlebury Institute courses and programs. January term provided an opportunity for 21 students to participate in onsite faculty-led courses in the Czech Republic, France, and Cuba. 

In the United States, students worked with organizations as close as Monterey and as far away as Washington, DC

Internationally, students served organizations on five continents and in 21 countries: (Peru, France, Senegal, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Austria, Thailand, Cambodia, Kenya, Switzerland, Zambia, the Netherlands, Argentina, Laos, Mexico, Canada, Nepal, Ecuador, and Indonesia).

As the spring semester comes to and end, we want to take a moment to congratulate all the students who completed practicum positions this year. The following section highlights students who completed internships, jobs, and consultancies through Middlebury Institute Degree programs or the Middlebury Institute Center for Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies. 

International Education Management (IEM) Practicum




Katie Aker

Gonzales Community Collaboration Lab

Gonzales, CA

David Bidleman

Middlebury School Abroad Italy 

Florence, Italy and Illinois

Megan Doi

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)


Zoe Gapayao

Root Solutions

San Francisco, CA

Alexandro Gonzalez-Calvillo

Arizona State University, International Students & Scholars Center

Tempe, Arizona

Ofelia Hernandez

Agnes Scott College

Atlanta, Georgia

Noraya Razzaque

Muslim Justice League

Boston, MA

Randall Yamaoka

Middlebury Institute Enrollment and Language and Professional Programs

Monterey, CA

Ruxin Zheng

Golden West College

Los Angeles, CA

IEM Practicum in Italy
David Bidleman (IEM ‘20) in Venice with a mask during Carnival 2020 before COVID-19 closed the festivities early. David completed his IEM Practicum at the Middlebury School Abroad in Florence before working remotely on a COVID-19 project from the US for the second part of the spring semester. 
NPTS-IEM Student Visits Temelin Nuclear Power Plant
Gavin Skram (NPTS-IEM ‘21) makes a new friend at the Visitor’s Center of Temelin Nuclear Power Plant in Temelin, Czech Republic

Center for Nonproliferation Internship Program ( formerly “IONP”)




Ismail Belbachir

UNOG Conference on Disarmament 

 Geneva, Switzerland

MIIS-Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)




Ellie Bedford


Monterey, CA

Casey Caruso

Los Alamos National Lab

Los Alamos, NM

Vladislav Chernavskikh

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, WMD Branch

New York, NY

Jeremy Faust

Holy See Permanent Observer Mission to the UN

New York, NY

Tom Hickey

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, WMD Branch

Geneva, Switzerland

Ryan Jacobsen

Institute for Politics and Society

Prague, Czech Republic

Alina Kazaksovtseva

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Washington, D.C.

Yekaterina Klepanchuk

UNIDIR, Security and Technology Branch

Geneva, Switzerland

Taylor Lamoureaux

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Center for Global Security Studies

Livermore, CA

Yury Medvedev

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, Science, Technology and International Security Unit

New York, NY

Connor Michelotti

Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Monterey, CA

David Mnitsa

Czech Technical University

Prague, Czech Republic

Gevorg Novshadyan

Czech Technical University

Prague, Czech Republic

Alexey Polyakov

State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM, Department of International Cooperation

Moscow, Russia

Angela Skittone

Middlebury Institute Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counter-terrorism

Monterey, CA

Dmitri Sled

W. J. Perry Project, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Washington, DC

Mara Ortiz Sorgato

The Euro-Gulf Information Center

Rome, Italy

Allie Wong

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Strategic Communications

Geneva, Switzerland


IPSS fellow, Katia Mironova (IPD’20, center), stands with other interns in the lobby of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC),in Washington, DCUNECLAC is one of five regional UN commissions, with each commission working to improve economic development in their specific region. 

International Professional Service Semester (IPSS)




Blaine Barkley

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Norfolk, VA

Vivian Garcia

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

North Carolina

Oscar Cejudo Corbalan

Search for Common Ground

Tunis, Tunisia

Orlando Cruz

US State Department - Bureau of Consular Affairs 

New York City, NY

Amy Halbrooks-Fulks

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Human Rights Initiative

Washington D.C.

Jan Havlicek

United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs-Conventional Arms Branch (UNODA)

New York City, NY

Mohammad Kayali

Portland Community College (PCC)

Portland, OR

Camorah King

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

Washington D.C

Adam Martyn

US State Department - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Washington D.C

Katia Mironova

UN Economic Commission for Latin America (UNECLAC)

Washington D.C

Devin Mowrer

Golden State Investigators

San Jose, CA

Abby Richardson

Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace

Washington, DC

Kelly Roche

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC)

Anchorage, AK

Adriana Threlkeld

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Danielle Villata

Search for Common Ground

Washington, DC

Yuye (Fiona) Zhou

Environmental Defense Fund

New York City, NY

DPMI Plus (International Development and Social Change)




James Taylor

Search for Common Ground

Tunis, Tunisia

Kalyssa King

Peace Corps 



Independent Practicum (Development, Policy, and Practice)




Leah Schluter

UN Women China


TLM Event
Yan Ning (TLM ‘20, center) attended a localization industry event in Silicon Valley as part of her work with a translation and localization company based in Monterey County, California. LocWorld is a major conference for international business, translation, localization and global website management. 

TESOL Practica

Kathryn DePietro

Monterey County Office of Education, Migrant Student Office

Salinas, CA

Xinxin Liu

Monterey County Office of Education, Migrant Student Office

Salinas, CA

Translation and Localization Management 

Ghio Anton, Remote, NYC
Nathaniel Bybee MediaLocate Monterey
Sherine Emara SoundHound Remote, Santa Clara
Amelia Evrigenis Idem Translations Remote, Palo Alto
Lauren Grizzle Monterey Museum of Art Monterey
Jazmin Guerrero Nikon, Career Girls Remote
Yusen Huang MediaLocate Monterey
Alex Ladd Moravia Remote
Li, Roxane Idem Translations Remote, Palo Alto
Lima Pinheiro and Silvia Marlene Translation Commons Remote
Megan Murphy Translation Company Division of the American Translators Association Remote
Yan Ning Translation by Design Pacific Grove
Josue Padilla Translation Company Division of the American Translators Association Remote
Vanessa E Prolow Women in Localization Research Study Remote, Monterey
Nadezhda Rodionova SoundHound Remote, Santa Clara
Simona Scotto d’Antuono Rome’s government in collaboration with UNESCO Remote
Esteban Terrazas Babble-on App Localization Remote, San Francisco
Huei Ping Yu Nordic Naturals Remote, Watsonville
Yong Zhao StockX Mountain View
Kaixin Zhong Beat Babbel Remote, San Diego
Kimberly Zie SoundHound Remote, Santa Clara
Nuclear Research Reactor Student in Front of Lennon Wall
In January 2020, 11 students from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, and Vienna, Austria. In Prague, students took classes at Czech Technical University. Class topics included: reactor physics, safeguards and security, and radiation detection. The trip to Vienna provided students with the opportunity to visit the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). In Vienna, students were briefed on nuclear security at the IAEA, the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System, and workshops organized by the VCDNP. Photo: Rayna Rogers (NPTS ‘21), stands in front of the Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic. 

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Carolyn Meyer
Director of Immersive Professional Learning