Graduates of our International Policy and Development (IPD) master’s degree program pursue rewarding careers researching, analyzing, and creating effective solutions to the world’s most pressing policy and development challenges.
Current Employment: Mind Over Border Community Organizer, La Cocina (Fort Collins, Colorado)
Internship: Centro Legal de la Raza and the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Oakland, California)
Institute Advantage: The career management course offered by the Center for Advising and Career Services as well as meetings with my advisor definitely helped a great deal.
Story: How I Got Hired
Current Employment: Community and Partnerships Manager, Here East (London, England)
First Job after Graduation: Director of Advancement, American University of Afghanistan (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Internship: Gender Fellow, the Asia Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Institute Advantage: Career consultation with professors at the Institute helped me grow professionally.
Story: Leading from the Front
Current Employment: Fiscal Policy Expert, United Nations Environment Programme (Malmo, Sweden)
Previous: Lead Consultant for Open Data Portal Development, United Nations Development Programme (Dili, Timor-Leste)
First Job after Graduation: Research Intern, United Nations Development Program-IICPSD (Istanbul, Turkey)
Institute Advantage: I took general courses, which gave me a broad view of theoretical and practical challenges in the world of development, and core courses on policy evaluation and assessment tools, which I still use today. I applied firsthand what I was learning in class to real-life issues, including a “water challenge” competition to solve the water shortage in Monterey.
Story: Dispatch from East Timor
Current Employment: Grants Specialist, ClimateWorks Foundation (San Franciso, California)
First Job after Graduation: Program Associate, the Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation (Atherton, California)
Internship: Evaluation Intern, UNICEF (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Experiential Learning: January Term Practicum, Chile
Institute Advantage: There was definitely no way I could have gotten my position with UNICEF if I hadn’t earned my degree from the Institute. A professor suggested I apply for internships in Cambodia so that I’d be eligible for the Freeman Foundation Award, which I ended up getting.
Current Employment: U.S. Border Researcher, Human Rights Watch (Los Angeles, California)
Institute Advantage: I think that the aspects of my Middlebury Institute education that are critical to my work today are the language courses and immigration classes. I now regularly draft policy memos, and to do so I must frequently refer to and understand international human rights law and interview Spanish speakers.
Story: How I Got Hired
Current Employment: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, D.C.)
First Job after Graduation: Hispanic Press Team Intern, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (Washington, D.C.)
Internship: FIFA World Cup in South Africa
Institute Advantage: The range of people who choose the Institute—the tremendous diversity of backgrounds and experiences—is what made my time there meaningful. They helped me understand issues from different points of view. I gained valuable knowledge about how policies are developed and the consequences they carry. This wealth of insight combined with a knowledgeable faculty helped me process complex concepts and be able to communicate them simply to a diverse group of people.
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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 one year of graduation.
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“[The student] consistently went above and beyond to complete her assignments … preparing a complete two-day training … to accompany a new advocacy guide we were developing. [She] worked efficiently and was always prepared with materials. She took ownership of the project, often exploring new ideas on her own time. On numerous occasions, [she] would share a new idea she’d found by talking with professors, colleagues, etc.”
—International Professional Service Semester Supervisor, Mercy Corps
Secured Opportunity: 88% (several opportunities canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
Locations: Armenia, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Rwanda, Senegal, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United States, Viet Nam
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