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.

Alumni Careers

Why the Institute: Make Your Career Count

I came all the way from Ghana in 1999 to the US. Landed in New York first, went to Florida, and then eventually to Minneapolis, and then to school in Iowa. And then four years after going through studies with languages I came to Monterey. At MIIS, I loved the opportunity to really apply what I was learning to real issues.

And I got an internship with UNICEF and I started working for the social protection for children and women. That was when I really dug deep. And since then I have been doing work with women and girls and children. Currently, I serve on the board of the African Women's Development Fund USA.

Really raising visibility within the diaspora about the contributions of African women, about getting resources into their hands to do what they have to do. Looking at how do you build movements, vigorous, vibrant, women's movements. And then looking at feminism in it's own space and what does it mean to be an African feminist.

What does it mean to be a young woman leader? Women do hold the solutions in their hands. Seeing how resourceful women are, how resilient they are, how courageous they are, how bold they are. I learn so much even about myself as a woman. I started something called being a whole woman, which means I bring all of who I am to everything I do.

I bring my trials, my successes, my failures, my faith, my intellectual capacity, my passion, my talents, my gifts. I bring all of that, so when I show up I don't show up in silos, but I show up in the fullness of who I've been created to be. For me feminism is not about a power struggle, it's about recognizing the values and the assets and the contributions.

Women realizing that they can be carpenters, they can be engineers, they can be masons, they can be whatever they want to be. You give them the freedom and the permission to live boldly, to live powerfully, you allow them to also show up as that whole woman or as that whole leader.

Because I strongly believe that the power to lead comes from the commitment to serve.

April Danyluk on a boat

April Danyluk

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

Lizzie Falconer

Lizzie Falconer

Current Employment: Global ERP Readiness Specialist, Catholic Relief Services (Baltimore, Maryland)

First Job After Graduation: International Development Fellow, Catholic Relief Services (Lilongwe, Malawi)

InternshipIntern, 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

Wesley Laine

Wesley Laine

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

Onaba Payab

Onaba Payab

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

Claire Potdevin

Claire Potdevin

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

Manique Rao, International Policy Development graduate

Monique Rao

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.

Jorge Silva

Jorge Silva

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.

Expertise: Communication

Career Data

This information is compiled from surveys of the Classes of 2013–2017 and refers to the first job after graduation (unless otherwise stated).


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Afghanistan; China; Dominica; El Salvador; Guatemala; India; Ireland; Kazakhstan; Lebanon; Malaysia; Myanmar [Burma]; Peru; Rwanda; Switzerland; Taiwan; Thailand; Uganda; United States

Employment Status (One Year After Graduation, %)





Select Employers

  • ACDI/VOCA (USAID contractor)
  • Alliance for Peacebuilding
  • Appalachian District Health Department
  • BNP Paribas
  • California State Coastal Conservancy
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Center for Conflict Studies
  • Center for Effective Global Action (UC Berkeley)
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Charleston Area Justice Ministry
  • Chemonics
  • Chemonics International (USAID contractor)
  • City of Los Angeles
  • Community Partnership for Youth (CPY)
  • Conflict Armament Research
  • Congressman Ruppersberger (Maryland)
  • Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Department of State (U.S.)
  • East Kazakhstan Regional Governor office
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Financial Action Task Force for Latin America (GAFILAT)
  • Firelight Foundation
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Institute of International Education
  • International Labor Organization
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • International Rescue Committee
  • International Rivers
  • Jami University, Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan
  • Jhpiego (USAID contractor)
  • John Snow, Inc. (USAID contractor)
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • JustWorld International
  • Mercy Corps
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Nevada State Legislature
  • OneVillage Partners
  • Packard Foundation
  • Pax Mondial
  • Peace Corps
  • Peery Foundation
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.
  • Root Change
  • Rubicon International
  • S&P Global
  • Salud Para La Gente
  • Save the Children
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Stemtech Global Foundation
  • Teach for America
  • Teach for Thailand
  • Tech Soup Global and David and Lucile
  • the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
  • The Asia Foundation
  • The JUMP Foundation
  • The World Bank
  • Transitions for Recovery and Re-entry
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • UNDP (Istanbul)
  • United Nations
  • United States Department of Labor, International Labor Affairs Bureau
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Army
  • US-China Guangdong Chamber of Commerce
  • Wells Fargo
  • WILPF PeaceWomen
  • Winrock International
  • WK Kellogg Foundation
  • World Bank Group
  • World Intellectual Property Organization


Employer Testimonial

“[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

Summer 2018

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


  • Accion Empresas
  • American Councils
  • Andean Alliance for Sustainable   Development
  • bitFlyer USA 
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for Civil-Military Relations
  • dKomplex, Inc.
  • Dorothy’s Place 
  • Gathering for Women Project 
  • Gavin de Becker and Associates LLC.
  • Girls Inc. of Alameda County
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Healing & Reconciliation Institute (HRI)
  • Immigrant Defenders Law Center
  • InterAction 
  • Intercultural Communications Institute
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Kala Art Institute
  • Kroll
  • Lori Development Center
  • Mercy Corps International
  • Ministers’ Regional Office - Ontario
  • Moringa School
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Paurakhi Savings & Credit Cooperative Society Limited 
  • Save the Children International, Laos PDR
  • Sciences Po - Bordeaux, Les Afriques dans Le Monde
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Six Square
  • Southern Pulse, LLC. 
  • Think Beyond Plastic 
  • UN Women
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Way Monterey County
  • World Vision

Select Position Titles

  • Analyst Trainee
  • Associate
  • Business Development Intern
  • Compliance Intern
  • Consultant 
  • Education and Outreach Fellow
  • English Tutor, Proposal Writer/Editor
  • ESL Program Coordinator
  • Evaluation Intern
  • Executive Intern
  • Facilitation and Program Manager
  • Finance and Administration Intern 
  • Financial Aid Assistant
  • Gender and Social Inclusion Intern
  • Global Operations Analyst
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Growth Associate
  • Immigration Policy Intern
  • Immigration Services Intern
  • IPSS Fellow
  • Language & Professional Programs Assistant
  • MEAL Intern
  • MENA Program Intern
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
  • Partnerships Intern
  • Prevention, Relief & Recovery Intern
  • Program Assistant for the African Region - Distance Training
  • Program Associate
  • Program Evaluation Intern
  • Research Fellow 
  • Resident Director
  • Social Worker 
  • Storytelling Coordinator
  • Summer Intensive Language Program Tutor & Activity Guide
  • Volunteer Coordinator Fellow
  • Youth, Gender and Girls Team Intern


Past Internships

Year: 2017

Locations: China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, United States


  • 10 Power
  • AARP Foundation
  • Advocacy Project
  • Asylum Access
  • Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County
  • Chinese Financial Office
  • City of Palo Alto
  • Climate Action Network
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County
  • Concordia Language Villages
  • Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies
  • Council on Hemispheric Affairs
  • DialogueDirect
  • Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington D.C.
  • Global Communities
  • GRID Alternatives
  • Hanns Seidel Foundation, Academy for Politics and Current Affairs
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Kiron Open Higher Education
  • Mercy Corps
  • Middlebury Language Schools
  • Monterey Museum of Art
  • Office of Family, Marriage, and Respect, Life of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington
  • Peace Corps
  • Planning Studies Research Center
  • Relief International
  • Resources for Residents and Communities
  • Results for Development
  • Solid'Africa
  • TechnoServe
  • The Mintz Group
  • The Third Space
  • U.S. Department of State
  • UN Women
  • United States House of Representatives
  • United Way Monterey County
  • Your Future Is Our Business