A key part of the Institute’s mission is to provide you with immersive, hands-on learning as part of your studies.
Unlike other classroom-based graduate programs, these experiences allow you to apply practical skills in your field of study before you graduate. Not only do you gain professional experience, but you are exposed to relevant networking opportunities that often lead to jobs after graduation. Below are some of the options available, with more emerging as the Institute’s professional partnerships grow and change.
Experiential Learning During COVID
MIIS staff, faculty, and career and academic advisers are here to help you navigate your immersive learning and career plans during COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements. View this growing list of resources including template cover letters, virtual internship portals, and more (login with your email credentials). The shared Google doc is a no frills collaborative space, so all are encouraged to add resources/contribute ideas.
Institute students can apply for up to $1,500 in immersive professional learning funding to costs for eligible unpaid or minimally paid opportunities including virtual internships, volunteer opportunities, and more. View funding requirements and application.
Students complete projects in courses for real-life local and international clients. Courses use simulations to teach and build in-depth understanding and critical thinking around complex global issues.
The Nonproliferation Internships and Fellowship programs provide training and internships for graduate students interested in the work of international nonproliferation organizations. Speak with your academic advisor for more information.
Who: Institute graduate students in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program.
The International Professional Service Semester provides Institute students with the opportunity to work as junior staff members for a public policy or social change organization. Students can complete the last 12 credits of a degree through this program.
Who: Institute graduate students in the International Policy and Development, International Environmental Policy, and Master of Public Administration programs.
In the Middlebury Social Impact Corps (MSIC) program, Institute students serve as “Scholars”, participating in an eight-week international summer internship with a social change organization, serving as mentors within a cohort including undergraduate Middlebury College interns, conducting their own action research, and engaging in partnership development within the organization and the region. Each year, one to three partner organizations are identified by the MSIC staff and faculty, and cohorts are created in partnership with the organizations’ mission and goals for that summer. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Netta Avineri
Every winter, spring, and summer, faculty and students embark on a number of projects in the fields of peacebuilding, international development, and environmental conservation opportunities in Peru, France, Czech Republic, Kenya, China, Spain, and Bhutan.
Who: All Institute graduate students
Centers and Initiatives
The Institute’s Centers and Initiatives give students opportunities to participate in internships or fellowships and conduct further research, and the chance to be published in world-renowned scholarly journals.
Stretch Work and Lifelong Learning
You’ll often hear the term “stretch work” used on campus to describe our promotion of self-directed learning and new skill development. Students can create many of their own learning opportunities:
The Digital Learning and Inquiry team provides students with training opportunities, technological resources, and collaborative spaces to facilitate peer-driven teaching and learning.
Linked In Learning is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. It’s offered for free to the Institute community.
Team Challenges Around Social Issues
Our collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach is highlighted through team challenges and case competitions.
Local Internships, Service Opportunities, and Clubs
Students can complete internships at a wide range of nonprofit, government, and social enterprises in Monterey County and Santa Cruz. Speak with your advisor for more information.
Experiential Learning and Study Abroad Manual
The Experiential Learning and Study Abroad Manual covers policies and procedures that broadly apply to our Immersive Learning and Study Abroad programs, including step-by-step guides to researching, applying for, and participating in our programs.
Now in his fourth semester of the International Policy and Development program, McDonnaugh is gaining professional experience with a leading aid organization while exercising his lifelong passion for service.
Through semester-long practica, students take on internships, jobs, and consultancies that allow them to apply skills and knowledge gained through their prior coursework in a professional setting. These experiential learning courses serve as a stepping-stone to their future careers.