Graduates of our International Environmental Policy (IEP) master’s degree program find careers with the most prestigious environmental organizations, as well as in government and the private sector. They are on the cutting edge, designing solutions to make sustainability a reality, with an eye toward effective behavioral interventions and persuasive communication.

Alumni Careers

Why the Institute: Professional experience before you graduate

My name is Melis Okter, I was an International Environmental Policy student at the Middlebury Institute. I am currently an environmental scientist and coastal planner at Dudek, in their Oakland office, and what I mainly focus on is sea level rise policy.

I was studying science-based stuff in my undergrad and I had this moment when I felt like there was a lot of science going on but there wasn’t so much of the implementation. So I took a shift from looking at science-based PhD programs to more practical masters or PhD programs and I came across the Middlebury Institute and the IEP program had a really good intersect of science and policy.

That was the best part of it because if you don't have a lot of job experience, you can focus on what you did in your class; not what you learned, but how you implemented what you were learning. Several of our classes, we had to write vulnerability assessment, or go out and do some sort of fieldwork that we translate into a policy. And those were directly applicable tools that I was able to show people while I was applying to jobs: "Hey look, I'm on the younger end of the spectrum. I don't have a whole lot of job experience, but this is how I know how to do a lot of this stuff."

I don't think there's any contaminated sites, but I just wanted to make sure there's someone confirming that.

The Middlebury Institute offers you a lot of flexibility to form what you're most interested in and we have access to some great positions around Monterey. We have NOAA right by us, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Big Sur Land Trust and they all know our professors really well. So our professors are always looking to get their students these great positions and they get to know what you're interested in to give you job opportunities while you're there.

I think I valued most just how much the faculty cares about their students and really wants to see them succeed. Jason Scorse, the director of the IEP program actually sent me this job position. So I think a lot of them are really invested in their students post-graduation. In my undergrad, I went to UC San Diego, so it's huge, and I don't think I had a single professor that I interfaced with very often. So coming from a big school, I think the small campus in a small town with a really small program was really beneficial.

Elea Becker Lower

Elea Becker Lowe

First Job After Graduation: Associate Government Program Analyst to the Monitoring and Stewardship Unit, California Natural Resources Agency (Sacramento, California)

Internship: Graduate Student Assistant, California Natural Resources Agency (Sacramento, California)

Immersive Learning: DPMI Certificate in International Development and Social Change; Washington, D.C. Career Exploration Spring Break Trip

Institute Advantage: I got to meet leading professionals at the many IEP extracurricular events. My role on Student Council gave me the confidence to be bold in my learning in and outside of the classroom. DPMI and Professor Langholz’s Conservation Program Design and Evaluation course gave me the direct tools and experience that have been essential to my job. I can say without a doubt that the lessons, connections, resources, or stories from just about every experience at the Middlebury Institute have brought me to where I am today and will continue to serve me throughout the next steps in my career. 

Story: When Global Climate Issues Go Local

Matt Coomer, International Environmental Policy graduate

Matt Coomer

First Job After Graduation: Conservation Projects and Communications Coordinator, the Marine Conservation Institute (Seattle, Washington)

Internship: Center for the Blue Economy Fellow, Conservation International (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Institute Immersive Learning: Center for the Blue Economy Fellowship; NOAA Marine Debris Program IPSS Fellow

Institute Advantage: The Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) course work developed my understanding of marine conservation, and my Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) fellowship with Conservation International Hawaii showed me how a nonprofit organization works. With the resources the Center for Advising and Career Services provided on professional presentation, I continually reworked and improved my résumé during my job search. The unique, real-world experiences offered through the Institute are what really made me stand out when, at the end of the day, anyone else can earn the same degree.

Nick Fisher, Business Administration graduate

Nick Fisher

Current Employment: Associate Director, CCS Fundraising (San Francisco, California)

First Job After Graduation: Senior Advancement Manager, Greenbelt Alliance (San Francisco, California)

Internship: Grants Coordinator, Big Sur Land Trust (Monterey, California)

Institute Immersive Learning: Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program; Frontier Market Scouts

Institute Advantage: All of the client-facing opportunities at the Institute helped me prepare for my current job. The projects required patience, flexibility, and professionalism beyond the deliverables for a letter grade. The Institute course work taught me many things, but most importantly, it taught me project management skills and working in a team—skills that I use in my job every day.

One Year After Graduation

Many of our alumni are in rewarding careers around the world; scroll down to see where they are and what they are doing within 12 months of graduation.

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Chile; Colombia; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Indonesia; Italy; Samoa; South Korea; Taiwan; Tanzania; United States

  • Anchorage Solar
  • Beverdige and Diamond
  • Big Sur Land Trust
  • Bloom Energy Corporation
  • Blue Frontier Campaign
  • Both Co
  • California State Lands Commission
  • California Coastal Commission
  • California Natural Resources Agency
  • Cavalia
  • City of San Jose
  • Conservation International
  • Department of State
  • Driscoll's
  • El Motete 
  • EPA
  • FishWise
  • Fresh Approach
  • Fulbright
  • Fulbright 
  • Gartner
  • Grumeti Fund Tanzania
  • Heal the Bay
  • Inter-American Development Bank 
  • Measure to Improve, LLC
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • National Audubon Society
  • National Geographic Learning
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • National Taipei University 
  • NOAA
  • Oceana
  • Oceankind
  • Peace Corps 
  • PYXERA Global
  • Rare
  • Rincon Consultants
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • Santa Barbara County Association of Governments
  • Save The Waves Coaliltion
  • solarcity
  • SunEdison
  • The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  • U.S. Army
  • United Nations
  • University of Maryland
  • WildAid
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Associate Environmental Planner
  • Associate Program Manager
  • Coastal Planner
  • Deputy Director
  • Development Coordinator
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Manager, Executive Office
  • Marine Program Coordinator
  • Marine Spatial Scientst
  • Policy and Governance Advisor 
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Manager
  • Public Information Representative
  • Regulatory Project Manager
  • Small Business/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Advocate
  • Transportation Planner 
  • Volunteer Program Lead



Employer Testimonial

[The student] ... worked steadily and reliably and helped supply all requested tools and analyses in time ... We will miss her a lot ... Any institution would be lucky to have her on board.

International Professional Service Semester Supervisor, Conservation International

Summer 2018

Secured Opportunity: 100%
LocationsBahamas, China, Colombia, Federated States of Micronesia, Ireland, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda, United States 

Select Internship Employers

  • Amigos de Bolsa Chica
  • Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
  • Big Sur Land Trust
  • Bureau of Land Management Field Office  
  • Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
  • Cape Eleuthera Institute
  • Carbon Table LLC
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • China Nonferrous International Trade Co., Ltd
  • Conservation International
  • Department of Toxic Substances Control 
  • Drisoll’s Berries 
  • East-West Center
  • Fundación E2E
  • Kuli Kuli Foods
  • Marine Mammal Center
  • MEarth
  • Measure to Improve
  • Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust
  • Moringa School
  • Municipality of Anchorage 
  • NDC Partnership, World Resources Institute
  • NOAA 
  • OneReef Micronesia
  • Surfrider
  • Sustainable Jersey
  • The Community Foundation for Monterey County
  • The Good Food Institute
  • University of Galway
  • WildAid

Select Internship Position Titles

  • Associate Producer
  • Business Development and Communications
  • Center for the Blue Economy Fellow
  • Coral Triangle Intern
  • Corporate Engagement Team Intern
  • Development Assistant
  • EDF Climate Corps Fellow
  • Environmental Policy Intern—Fellow
  • External Affairs Intern
  • FMS/DPMI Program Coordinator
  • Graduate Intern
  • Graduate Student Consultant
  • Growth Associate
  • Knowledge Management Intern
  • Lead Graduate Assistant
  • Marine Spatial Planning Intern
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Program Assistant
  • Project Management Intern
  • Research Intern
  • Resilience Fellow
  • Social and Environmental Impact Intern
  • Staff of Mineral and Resources Department
  • Staff Service Analyst 
  • Strategy Consultant
  • Summer Research Practicum Assistant
  • Sustainability Coordinator 
  • Traceability Intern

Past Internships

Year: 2017

LocationsFiji, Honduras, Italy, Palau, Vietnam, United States 


  • California State Coastal Conservancy
  • California Farmlink
  • California Natural Resources Agency
  • Environmental Defense Fund 
  • Fish 2.0 
  • Fresno Food Commons
  • San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
  • San Francisco Estuary Partnership
  • UN FAO
  • Wait Institute
  • International Arctic Research Center
  • IUCN Oceania
  • Measure to Improve
  • NOAA
  • NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • One Earth Future
  • OneReef
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Think Beyond Plastic
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)