International Trade graduate Ariah Barth describes how program coursework and class projects helped prepare her to launch her career as a trade compliance analyst.
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 Peter Skarlatos and I graduated with an MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy from the Middlebury Institute in 2019. My language of study was Japanese. I interned with Tesla in Fremont, California, then moved to positions with the International Trade Administration and KPMG, before recently returning to Tesla as a senior trade compliance analyst.
I found my internship with Tesla through a combination of networking as a volunteer at Women in International Trade–Northern California events and speaking with an Institute alumnus, Alex Ross MAITED ’17.
The career management course offered by the Center for Advising and Career Services helped, as did meeting with Career and Academic Advisor Scott Webb to go over my LinkedIn profile and résumé. Additionally, asking what potential employers were looking for and getting direct feedback at networking events helped shape my second-semester coursework.
Network, Research Career Opportunities, and Be Flexible
My best advice for current students is network, network, network—talk to anyone and everyone and listen to what they say; let them talk. Also, learn as much as you can about career opportunities, and be true to your interests and desires. Finally, be flexible—this is especially true for international students. Be willing to consider different locations and different kinds of opportunities.
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