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.
Elea Becker Lowe
Currently: Environmental Scientist, California Natural Resources Agency (Sacramento, California).
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: How I Got Hired
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 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.
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 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
“[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
Secured Opportunity: 97%
Locations: Bahamas, Ecuador, Germany, Mozambique, Peru, United States
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Years: 2017, 2018
Locations: Bahamas, China, Colombia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Honduras, , Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Palau, Peru, Rwanda, Vietnam, United States