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 Grant Tuioti and I graduated with an MA in International Policy and Development from the Middlebury Institute in 2020. My language of study was Spanish and I specialized in monitoring and evaluation. I also worked as the lead research coordinator in the META Lab on campus. After graduating I was hired as a contract compliance coordinator with the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers in Monterey, California. Now I am senior homeless services specialist with an international consulting firm called ICF, working remotely from Monterey, California.
At ICF I am working in a data lab to support the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with setting the data standards for federal reporting around homelessness and to provide technical assistance to communities in the areas of program design, implementation, and operation support. This new position is exciting because it has allowed me to leverage the data analysis skills I learned at the Middlebury Institute and my experience working at the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) to support the homeless response sector at the federal level.
While I was enrolled at the Institute, I completed an advanced data analysis project for CHSP. In order to complete the project, I reached out to a few alumni who I knew worked there. After I graduated they reached out and offered me a position to help them close out a project.
Use Class Projects to Build Your Network
My best advice for current students is to try to make every class project a client project, even if it is as simple as asking an organization for a dataset. Not only is it a great experience, but those organizations may play a key role in helping you find a job after you graduate.