Corrales, Paulina
Paulina Corrales MPA/MAIEM ’19 (right) on a site visit with organization host Nicolina Boccia (center) and 2019 CSP Fellow Maureen Nirere.

Middlebury Institute graduates discuss where they are working today, how the Institute helped them get there, and what advice they’d give to current and future MIIS students.

My name is Paulina Corrales and I graduated with a joint MPA/MA in International Education Management degree from the Middlebury Institute in December 2019. My language of study was French. After graduation, I was hired as a program associate with the Community Solutions Program (CSP) at IREX, a global development and education organization, where I primarily focused on the recruitment and selection of fellows and fellow support.  

After a year and a half I was promoted to program coordinator on the Community Engagement Exchange Program and now, three years after graduation, I am a program officer with the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative at IREX in Washington, D.C., where I continue to build on the skills I learned at MIIS.

Networking Is Key

Networking was very important for me! I found my job by connecting with a Middlebury Institute alum at an international education (NAFSA) conference. Networking is an amazing skill that you should constantly work on as a student, and after graduation. Stay in contact with people and build relationships!

Prior to enrolling at the Middlebury Institute, Paulina was a City Year corps member working on education initiatives in North Miami, Florida.