| by Bryan Herbert MAITED '20

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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 Bryan Herbert and I graduated with an MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED) from the Middlebury Institute in 2020. My language of study was Chinese and I specialized in Trade Compliance. I interned with the Enforcement and Compliance division at the International Trade Administration (Washington, D.C.), and now I am a senior consultant at Deloitte’s Global Trade Advisory (Washington, D.C.).

Network, Network, Network!

An alum from the ITED program helped me secure my internship with the International Trade Administration, and that role, above all else, helped me land my current job. If there is one piece of advice I would give current students, it’s that it’s never too early to start networking and looking for your summer internship or your full-time job. Many students are employed before they graduate.

It’s never too early to start looking for your summer internship or your full-time job.

Classes and Guest Speakers

In addition to my internship, there were a few classes that helped my career; chiefly, the strategic trade controls class and the import compliance class. We also had a guest speaker series on export controls with agents from the California field office of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that was particularly informative.