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Development Practice and Policy (International Policy and Development/Public Administration)
Jane is pursuing a specialization in Conflict Resolution and Social Justice, and her language of study is French. The daughter of an Air Force officer, she has lived in most regions of the United States. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018 with a double major in English and French. Her love of French and desire to work abroad led her to become an English teaching assistant for the TAPIF program in Avignon, France last year. She keeps herself busy on campus as a DPP Coordinator and member of the MIIS Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA). She spends most of her free time baking, planning club events, and watching seals sunbathe in the bay. Sign up to chat.
International Education Management
Beth served with the Peace Corps as a Youth and Health Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Her service and other experiences abroad established her passions for education and cross-cultural exchange which is what led her to MIIS. The campus and classes have provided her with a flourishing network and relevant knowledge and critical thinking about global development. In her spare time, Beth loves playing outdoors and exploring new places, which there is an abundance of in the Monterey area. She would love to talk with you about our wonderful weather and international community. Sign up to chat.
International Environmental Policy
Ali is pursuing the sustainability management specialization here at the Institute. She was born and raised in Germany and earned her BA in International Affairs in Georgia. After spending time working and traveling throughout Latin America, she came to MIIS to compliment her undergraduate studies with her love and passion for the environment and social change. Upon arriving in Monterey, she fell in love with the nature and local community. Since beginning the IEP program, she has been eager to apply the knowledge acquired in class by volunteering with local nonprofits to promote social and environmental sustainability and the transition towards a regenerative economy. Currently she is working on a supplier risk assessment for a tech company in San Jose, ensuring supplier’s compliance with legal policies and company-wide regulations. If not on campus, you can find her playing in the waves or running along the beach! Sign up to chat.
Joint MA International Trade & Economic Diplomacy/MA Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies
Julius is focusing on trade/corporate compliance on the ITED side of his degree and obtaining a Financial Crime Management Specialization on the NPTS side. His language of study is Russian. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Julius spent his undergrad career at Tufts University in Medford, MA (2011-2015). For the three years prior to MIIS, Julius served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. Since coming to Monterey in the summer of 2019, he currently serves as a Volunteer Project Manager for the Monterey City Manager’s Office, a Volunteer Trade Analyst for the Consulate General of Ukraine and as a member of the WIT-NC Events Committee.
Julius also serves on the MIIS Student Council as Middlebury Collaboration Manager. He would be more than happy to discuss academic and professional development here at MIIS. And, as a musician, he’d also love to talk shop about the music scene here on the Peninsula.Sign up to chat.
Joint MPA/MA in International Education Management
Katriya serves on Student Council and her language of study is Chinese. She is originally from Visalia, CA where she grew up on a farm. She was a transfer student to California State University, Long Beach. There she earned her BA in Studio Art, spent one year in Florence, Italy through the CSU international program, and attended the Florence Academy of Fine Arts. She also received her Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification and her Single-Subject Teaching Credential. Following postgraduate study, she received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Thailand. Post-grant, she worked with the Fulbright Thailand commission as a temporary program coordinator before returning to the U.S. and pursuing graduate school. Leisurely, she enjoys cooking, walking dogs, running, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is excited to be involved on campus and connect with her fellow student body. Sign up to chat.
Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
Emily is pursuing the Financial Crimes Management specialization and her language of study is Spanish. Emily grew up in Morristown, New Jersey and completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston. As an undergraduate Emily had two internships in Washington DC at INTERPOL Washington, and the State Department. Emily works at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Sign up to chat.
TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language
Originally from Houston, Caleb is pursuing his MA in Teaching Foreign Language (French) with a specialization in Language Program Administration (LPA). He graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a BA in French and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, he taught English in France for a year with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). Caleb came to MIIS in 2019 and works as a French tutor and a graduate assistant to the Chairperson of the TESOL/TFL program. His research interests include mobile-assisted language learning, teacher supervision, and LGBTQ+ representation in education. Sign up to chat.
Translation; Translation and Interpretation; Conference Interpretation
Rae is focusing on Chinese and English Translation and Interpretation with a specialization in International Education Management. Rae was born in Dalian, China, and grew up in Calgary, Canada. Rae graduated from the University of Ottawa with two bachelor’s degrees: French-English-Spanish Translation and Economics. During undergrad, Rae founded a non-profit organization for international students, while working as a freelance translator and interpreter. Rae hopes that one day she will be able to contribute her language skills and global competency to realize the potential of a U.S.-Canada-China relationship. Sign up to chat.
Translation and Localization Management
Autumn is pursuing a Localization specialization and her language of study is Japanese. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Autumn completed her undergraduate degree in Japanese and East Asian Studies. After graduation, she worked as an Assistant Language teacher for JET for 1 year, and proceeded to work as a Community Manager for Japanese hospitality company, Cafe Company, for 2 years. While working at Cafe Company, she collaborated with a Japanese audio guide start-up, ON THE TRIP, where she currently works as a Freelance English Team Manager. She is spending her summer working as a Localization Program Management intern at Facebook exploring product cross-functional localization workflow optimization. During the school year, she is very involved in creating a new immersive learning experience initiative dubbed, CampLoc. This experience aims to give students of localization an opportunity to interact in a more hands on way with key players and companies in the localization industry. In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, cafe hopping, hiking, and binging her latest shows with friends. Sign up to chat.