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

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

Select Employers
  • Accion
  • Administration Of Georgian Government
  • Akili Dada
  • Amplifier Strategies
  • API legal outreach
  • APLU
  • Appalachian District Health Department
  • Axiom Resource Management
  • Be The Match
  • Beacon Hill Staffing
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest
  • Bluelabs Analytics 
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Chemonics 
  • Crowdfunding Connection
  • De la Gente
  • Democracy Fund
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of State
  • Dress for Success Worldwide
  • East Kazakhstan Regional Governor office
  • EFCA
  • Facebook
  • FBI
  • Firelight Foundation
  • First 5 Monterey County
  • French Embassy in the United States
  • FUSE 
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Green Plus Consultancy
  • Greenleaf Integrative 
  • Gsa
  • Guidehouse LLP
  • help2kids
  • Homeless Services Center of Santa Cruz
  • IIE
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • International Organization for Migration
  • Joe A. Cotta Vineyards Inc.
  • Juma Ventures
  • Jvs
  • K12
  • Mercy Corps
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Monterey County Rape Crisis Center
  • Naval Postgraduate School 
  • Office of the First Lady 
  • OneVillage Partners
  • Oxfam
  • Pacific Community Ventures
  • Peace Corps
  • Philadelphia VIP
  • Pomona Impact
  • Prologis
  • Read to Me Project
  • Research Partnership
  • Root Change
  • Salud Para La Gente
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation
  • Save the Children 
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Social Security Administration
  • St. James Strategy
  • Stanford University
  • Superior Foods
  • T.E.LLC
  • Tetra Tech
  • Training Resources Group, Inc.
  • U.S. Army
  • UC Berkeley 
  • UC San Francisco
  • United Nations
  • Uplift Education
  • West Company
  • WeWork 
  • Winrock International


Select Positions
  • Advisor
  • Advisor on youth and education
  • Analyst
  • Associate, weapon contamination unit
  • Business Development Researcher
  • Contract Staffing Specialist
  • Data & Research Analyst
  • Data Analyst 
  • Experienced Associate
  • Field Manager
  • Fieldwork Coordinator
  • Foreign Area Officer
  • Grant Management Associate
  • Import Logistics Coordinator
  • Independent Consultant
  • International Development Fellow
  • MEAL Specialist 
  • Program Manager
  • Program Associate, East Africa
  • Program Support Officer 
  • Project Coordinator - Product Strategy
  • Project Manager 
  • Research Assistant
  • Services Navigator



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 2019

Secured Opportunity: 91%

Locations: Armenia, Bahamas, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jordan, Kazakstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, Viet Nam


  • Akagera National Park
  • American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Amnesty International
  • Avesta Housing 
  • Babson College
  • Bay Area Council
  • Caminamos Juntos
  • Cape Eleuthera institute 
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Centro Legal de la Raza
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County
  • Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Dilley Pro Bono Project
  • EF
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Institute for Security Governance
  • IRC
  • Kroll
  • Mercy Corps Northwest
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Namati
  • New England College Athletic Alliance
  • Northwestern University
  • Office of Congressman Panetta
  • Partnerships on AI
  • Pet Supplies Plus
  • Read to Me Project
  • Relief International
  • ReThink Media
  • Search For Common Ground
  • Sitka Tribe of Alaska
  • Stanford Hopkins Lab
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Team4Tech
  • Think Beyond Plastic
  • Toniic
  • U.S. Trade Center (U.S. Embassy, Mexico City)
  • United Nations Human Rights Office
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
  • United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
  • VIA
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)

Select Position Titles

  • Asia Pacific Fellow
  • Assistant Operations Coordinator
  • Assistant Program Coordinator
  • Civic Engagement Fellow
  • Communications Intern
  • Conflict Resolution Evaluation Fellow
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Director
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Resiliency Intern
  • Education & Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Fellow
  • Global Programs Fellow
  • Global Support Intern
  • Graduate Assistant
  • Homestay Teacher
  • Intake Specialist
  • Intern
  • Intern, Trade Facilitation
  • Intern, Business Intelligence and Investigations
  • On-site Coordinator
  • Operations Intern
  • Outreach Intern 
  • Political Affairs Intern
  • Program Assistant
  • Program Manager
  • Research and Evaluation Fellow
  • Research Assistant Intern
  • Research Intern
  • Researcher
  • Resident Survey Coordinator
  • Scholar
  • Strategy Consultant
  • Student Services Coordinator
  • T100 Support Associate
  • Wildlife Conservation Intern


Past Internships

Years: 2017, 2018

Locations: Argentina, Armenia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, United States,  United States, Zambia


  • 10 Power
  • AARP Foundation
  • Accion Empresas
  • Advocacy Project
  • American Councils
  • Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
  • Asylum Access
  • bitFlyer USA 
  • Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for Civil-Military Relations
  • 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
  • dKomplex, Inc.
  • Dorothy’s Place 
  • Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington D.C.
  • Gathering for Women Project 
  • Gavin de Becker and Associates LLC.
  • Girls Inc. of Alameda County
  • Global Communities
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • GRID Alternatives
  • Hanns Seidel Foundation, Academy for Politics and Current Affairs
  • Healing & Reconciliation Institute (HRI)
  • Immigrant Defenders Law Center
  • InterAction 
  • Intercultural Communications Institute
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Kala Art Institute
  • Kiron Open Higher Education
  • Kroll
  • Lori Development Center
  • Mercy Corps
  • Middlebury Language Schools
  • Ministers’ Regional Office (Ontario)
  • Monterey Museum of Art
  • Moringa School
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Office of Family, Marriage, and Respect, Life of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington
  • Paurakhi Savings & Credit Cooperative Society Limited 
  • Peace Corps
  • Planning Studies Research Center
  • Relief International
  • Resources for Residents and Communities
  • Results for Development
  • Save the Children International
  • Sciences Po - Bordeaux, Les Afriques dans Le Monde
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Six Square
  • Solid’Africa
  • Southern Pulse, LLC
  • TechnoServe
  • The Mintz Group
  • The Third Space
  • Think Beyond Plastic 
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • UN Women
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Way Monterey County
  • World Vision
  • Your Future Is Our Business