Graduates of our International Policy and Development degree and MPA degree are tackling leadership careers around the world in development, education, democratic governance, and human rights organizations, as well as program design and evaluation.
Current Employment: Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton (Honolulu, Hawaii)
First Job After Graduation: Independent Consultant, JLO Consulting, LLC working with the Center for Civil-Military Relations, Department of Defense (Remote)
Institute Immersive Learning: DPMI Certificate in International Development and Social Change (Washington, D.C.)
Institute Advantage: The joint degree in public administration and international education management neatly aligned with my professional goals. I appreciated the small class sizes, accessible professors, and pedagogical focus on practical skill building and client-based projects. The amazing alumni network is wide-ranging and well connected, and it has served me well. The Institute prepared me to be a professional.
Expertise: The intersection of education, peace building, and security cooperation
Current Employment: Global ERP Readiness Specialist, Catholic Relief Services (Baltimore, Maryland)
First Job After Graduation: International Development Fellow, Catholic Relief Services (Lilongwe, Malawi)
Internship: Intern, Catholic Relief Services (Bolivia and Ecuador)
Institute Immersive Learning: Washington, D.C. Career Exploration Spring Break Trip
Institute Advantage: The support of faculty and staff was critical to becoming a Catholic Relief Services Fellow and now full-time staff. Professors and advisors went above and beyond: meeting with me weekly, editing my résumé and cover letters, and having last-minute Skype sessions to prepare me for interviews. I would not have gotten where I am without them. I would also point to the Middlebury Institute network—I was able to connect with many alumni who gave me their time and answered my questions.
Expertise: Business development, facilitation, and capacity building
Current Employment: Financial Institutions Regulation and Enforcement Law Clerk at a global top 10 law firm (Paris, France)
First Job After Graduation: Founder, Haiti Philanthropy, Inc.
Institute Advantage: Policy Analysis with Professor Jeff Dayton-Johnson, International Law with Professor Warren Small, and other rigorous policy courses. Group work on case studies with brilliant classmates from various backgrounds.
Expertise: Financial institutions regulation and enforcement
Story: From Haiti with Love
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.
Expertise: Sustainable development
Story: Leading from the Front
Current Employment: Economist, ODI Fellow, Timor-Leste Ministry of Finance (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. I also worked directly with a social change NGO in San Jose. The Institute gives students the chance to take a first step in the professional world while still in school.
Expertise: Public policy planning (with a focus on public financial management policies), and performance monitoring and evaluation
Story: Dispatch from East Timor
First Job After Graduation: Program Associate, The Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation (Atherton, California)
Internship: Evaluation Intern, UNICEF (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Immersive 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. It was Institute Professor Akaha who suggested I apply for internships in Cambodia so that I’d be eligible for the Freeman Foundation Award, which I ended up getting. The Institute course work prepared me for a position at UNICEF Cambodia as an evaluation intern. There, I did work such as program evaluation; leading capacity development; and proposal writing for international development, women’s human rights, social sector needs assessment, and social asset mapping. I've used elements from each of my Institute courses in my current position.
Current Employment: Deputy Chief of Staff for Jacky Rosen, US Senator from Nevada (Washington, D.C.)
First Job After Graduation: Hispanic Press Team Intern, US 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.
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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Afghanistan; Chad; Dominica; Georgia; Guatemala; Iraq; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Lebanon; Malawi; Malaysia; Nepal; Senegal; Switzerland; Syria; Taiwan; Thailand; United States
“[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
“As a small, grassroots nonprofit, it is nearly impossible to quantify the enormous impact we have received from having MIIS interns as part of our team. Qualifying the impact of their value added to process and productivity, as well as quality relationships, can easily be summed up in one word: PRICELESS! Investing in our collective future through this opportunity has extremely high return on investment.”
—Kathi Speller, Executive Director, Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula
Secured Opportunity: 100% (MPA)
Locations: Argentina, Armenia, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Honduras, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Peru, Rwanda, Thailand, United States, Zambia
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Locations: China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, United States