Virtual Office of Timothy Kosecki NPTS'20
The beautiful office set up by NPTS student Timothy Kosecki, graduation year 2020 (Credit: Timothy Kosecki NPTS'20 )

Despite the full year of a global pandemic and lockdowns, practicum students successfully secured internships and field projects they could complete remotely for the spring 2021 semester. Students joined the massive “working from home” movement primed with skills to make an impact. 

With many borders closed but hope on the horizon, students secured virtual opportunities within the U.S. and as far as Australia. This article celebrates many of the immersive professional learning achievements of MIIS students during the spring 2021 semester. 

This spring, 62 students are completing internships, jobs, and consultancies around the country and globe through Middlebury Institute courses and programs. 

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

Internationally, students are working virtually for organizations on five continents and in 16 countries: (Uganda, Zambia, Australia, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, China, Japan, and Canada).

With half of the spring semester gone, we want to take a moment to congratulate all the students who have earned a virtual position in these historically tough times. The following section highlights students who have earned internships, jobs, and consultancies through Middlebury Institute Degree programs. 

International Education Management (IEM) Practicum

Name

Placement

Location

Sarah Biser

Cal State Fullerton Study Abroad & Global Engagement

Fullerton, CA

Grace Davis

Advance

Lake Tahoe, CA

Charlotte Ennen

The Cambridge School of Weston

Weston, MA

Sura Fadel

Defense Language Institute MSA  Iraqi Dialect Program

Monterey, CA

Joshua Ferry

Wayne State University

Wayne, Nebraska

Kellee Fletcher

Cabrillo College

Santa Cruz, CA

Madison Lucero

UCSC Study Abroad Office

Santa Cruz, CA

Angela Luedke

UC Riverside

Riverside, CA

Nancy Matsukama

CSU San Marcos Global Programs & Services

San Marcos, CA

Stephen Mockler

UC Davis

Davis, CA
Rachel Salay

Sitka Tribe of Alaska & Global SF

Sitka, Alaska
Emma Schultz

Middlebury School Abroad Spain

Madrid, Spain

Jenny Velez UC Davis Learning Center

Davis, CA

Devon Blount NPTS'14 and Kiera Welch NPTS'21FinCEN participants
Devon Blount NPTS’14 (left) and Kiera Welch NPTS’21 (right) at The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the United States Department of the Treasury.  (Credit: Devon Blount & Kiera Welch )

Applied Professional Practicum (APP)

Name

Placement Location

Trang Tranh

Port of San Diego Natural Resources Data Exploration San Diego, CA

Andrew White

DRIVE Model for Understanding & Responding to Climate Migration New York, NY (various locations)
Katrina von Burg California Farmlink Regenerative Agriculture Lending Program  Aptos, CA

Amelia Xia

ECOPA Clear Fishing Program Lower Lempa Region, El Salvador
Seth Small World Wildlife Fund KAZA Transboundary Program

Livingstone, Zambia

Center for Nonproliferation Internship Program*

*See additional positions in MGIMO section below. 

Name

Placement

Location

Eleanor Krabill

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Geneva, Switzerland

Sam Whitefield

Biological Weapons Convention - Implementation Support Unit (BWC-ISU) Geneva, Switzerland

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) Dual-Degree Final Semester Internships

*Indicates CNS Internship placement

Name

Placement

Location

Erica Barbarossa  Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC at MIIS)

Monterey, CA

Nikita Degtyarev*

Vienna Center for Disarmament & Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) Vienna, Austria

Collin McDowell*

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) WMD Geneva, Switzerland

Allison Owen*

IAEA Safeguards Vienna, Austria

Inna Rodina*

Vienna Center for Disarmament & Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) Vienna, Austria
Sergey Semenov PIR Center

Moscow, Russia

Greg Yoo* United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) WMD

Geneva, Switzerland

Trushaa Castelino NPTS'19 and Jane Eklund IPD'21
Trushaa Castelino IPD’19 (left) and Jane Eklund IPD’21 (right) showing the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs CAB experience before and during COVID-19. (Credit: Trushaa Castelino & Jane Eklund )

International Professional Service Semester (IPSS)

Name

Placement

Location

Illeana Alexander

Meridian Institute

Washington, DC

Thomas Apostle

Canada Revenue Agency

Ottawa, Canada

Brenna Brown

Children’s Chance International and Care Impact Partners

Lira, Uganda and Atlanta, GA

Miya Burke

Columbia Riverkeeper 

Hood River, OR

Shannon Casey

CARE Impact Partners and World Compass Foundation

Atlanta, GA and El Progresso, Honduras

Jane Eklund

United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs CAB

New York City, NY

Mariana Filip

WildAid

San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Francis

IUCN Global Marine & Polar Program 

Gland, Switzerland

Lawrence Garber

Building Decarbonization Coalition

California, USA

Stone Goethe

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, CA

Alexander Karmin

American Enterprise Institute

Washington, DC

Walden Kiker

San Diego Unified Port District and California Farmlink

San Diego, CA and Aptos, CA

Anissa Monteon

CARE Impact Partners and Via

Washington, DC

Eric Mora

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and Monterey County 

Santa Cruz & Monterey, CA

Ellie Oliver

Santa Lucia Conservancy

Carmel, CA

Anna Ondracek

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Corvallis, OR

Cora Panturad

Sonders Inc.

San Francisco, CA

Gabriel Pike

Engie Impact and Conservation International New York, NY and Washington, DC

Keily Ramirez

United Nations Development Program Belmopan, Belize

Oceane Ringuette

CA State Parks: Natural Resources Division Sacramento, CA

Sydney Samples

Environmental Incentives Washington, DC

Fatima Sayeh

UC Irvine Study Abroad Center Irvine, CA

Kelsey Shoup

Good Food Institute

Washington, DC

Miranda Schwabauer

FinClusive New York, NY

Kiera Welch

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Vienna, VA

Rafal Wilson

Its Commonsense Pty. Ltd.  New South Wales, Australia

Heather Smith

United States State Department Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu

Independent Practicum (IPD and MPA students)

Name

Placement

Location

Sara Spencer

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

New York, NY

 

Translation and Localization Management (TLM) Practicum

Name Placement(s)

Location(s)

Cassandra Agyemang

Morningside Translations, WL-Assistant, and TLM Mentorship Program New York, NY & Monterey, CA

Lenny Chen

TigerGraph Redwood City, CA

Xiaofan Chen

Lilt, LocReady, and CampLoc San Francisco & Monterey, CA

Xinyang Chen

MediaLocate and TLM Mentorship Program Pacific Grove & Monterey, CA

Geirrlon Dunn

Monterey Language Services Monterey, CA

Bianca Duvall

LAI, TBX, and WIPO Terminology Collaboration Provo, UT, San Mateo, CA, & Geneva, Switzerland

Cynthia Gong

ByteDance Beijing, China

Yang He

Translation by Design Pacific Grove, CA

Yuxin He

Renren and Knight Throde Beijing, China

Jessy Nguyen

LinkedIn, CampLoc, and TLM Mentorship Program Mountain View & Monterey, CA

Fangxi Qin

Leiting Games and Endangered Alphabets Project Shenzhen, China & Vermont, USA

Sailee Rangole

MasterWord, LocReady, MQM, and TLM Mentorship Program Houston, TX & Monterey, CA

Sachi Salehi

Automation/Active Gaming Media Osaka, Japan

Xinyue Sun

ByteDance Beijing, China

Ziqi Wang

Pactera Technology and TLM Mentorship Program

Dalian, China & Monterey, CA

Ren Yi

Aviagames and LocReady Mountain View & Monterey, CA

Jingyuan Zhang

Global Talen Link and LocReady  Stoughton, MA & Monterey, CA

 

Yuchen Hsueh TFL'19 teaching right before the onset of COVID-19
TFL’19 student Yuchen Hsueh teaching right before the onset of COVID-19. (Credit: Yuchen Hsueh )

TESOL Practica

*Also on IEM Practicum

Oliver Block

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

Grace Davis*

English Center

California, USA

Miranda Doremus

Hartnell Community College Salinas, CA

Aram Guptil

Atlanta Adult Education Atlanta, GA

Maya Sykes

Chicago Public Schools Chicago, IL

TFL Practica

Caleb Powers

Middlebury Institute (TFL French) Monterey, CA

Keyue Song

Middlebury Institute (TFL Chinese) Monterey, CA