Graduates of our in-person and online International Education Management (IEM) master’s degree program find rewarding careers in education abroad, international student and scholar services, language programs, citizen diplomacy programs, and government agencies.

Alumni Careers

Why Middlebury Institute: Shaping the international career you always wanted

When Natalie Spencer discovered the growing professional field of international education, she looked to the Middlebury Institute to give her the specific skill set those employers valued.

My name is Natalie Spencer. I graduated from the International Education Management program. And I’m currently the program officer for recruitment and selection on the Critical Language Scholarship Program here at American Councils for International Education.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a study abroad program for U.S. students funded by the U.S. Department of State.

We send about 550 students abroad each summer to learn languages that are critical to national security, to U.S. economic prosperity and are really helping to build national competitiveness for American students to go out and be competitive in a more globalized workforce.

“So there’s talking points in this presentation from last year I realized.”

I think, like many students who studied abroad during undergraduate and also had other experiences overseas, I was really interested in trying to find a way to make a career out of that. So I started looking into what skills that might take and I realized that it really is a professionalized field that did need a special skillset and that the Middlebury Institute was a way for me to get that.

The International Education Management program and I think a lot of the programs at the Middlebury Institute are really focused on connecting theory to practice. It was really about getting to know the field, understanding the work and coming out with those solid skills that employers would see as valuable. And two days before I graduated, I applied for a job and was hired.

“It’s not just about diversity numbers. It’s not just about statistics for the organization. It is about providing access and being inclusive.”

The field of international education was pretty unknown to me when I decided to go to the Middlebury Institute.

All I knew is that I saw a job posting for a study abroad advisor. I read it, and it was the first time that I really connected with the job description.

We live in a globalized world, and I think the power of international education goes beyond students, goes beyond administrators. It really does have that capacity to change the world. Now I’m in this field and doing what I never knew I always wanted to do.

Maren Haas, IEM graduate

Maren Haas

First Job After Graduation: International Programs Advisor, International Programs in Engineering at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) 

Practicum: On-Site Coordinator, BRIC Program, Babson College (Wellesley, Massachusetts and international)

Institute Immersive LearningOnsite Perspectives: Education Abroad Management in Spain

Institute Advantage: The course work at the Institute, especially partner-based projects and independent study, prepared me for professional work in international education management. The Institute alumni network, professional conferences, informational interviews, and staying in touch with my Institute cohort all continue to help me.

Expertise: Student affairs, international communication, project management

Julia Kelly, International Education Management graduate

Julia Kelley

First Job After Graduation: Program Officer, Middlebury C.V. Starr School in France (Paris, France)

Practicum: Intern, Middlebury C.V. Starr School in France (Paris, France)

Institute Immersive LearningTransitional Justice in Chile with Dr. Jan Black

Institute Advantage: The International Education Management practicum offered through the Institute was crucial to my finding my current job. I had a very supportive team of colleagues, and when the position opened up, I was offered the job. The Institute alumni network is a great asset, and I would advise students to tap into it as much as possible. The Institute’s connection with the Middlebury Schools Abroad opened up my possibilities for a practicum, and then eventually led to my current job. 

Expertise: Student affairs, program development, French

Angelique Stevens

Angélique Stevens    

Current Employment: International Student and Scholar Advisor, Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida)

First Job After Graduation: Office Manager, Office of International Student Services, Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

Practicum: Academic Support Intern, Education First (Monterey, California)

Institute Advantage: The International Education Management classes I completed continue to help me professionally. I gleaned so much about best practices in the field of international education management, and these have served me well in my career.

Expertise: Intercultural communication, student affairs, program development

Yuki Ueda International Education Management graduate

Yuki Ueda

First Job After Graduation: Program Director, Language and Cultural Programs, VIA Programs (Remote)

Practicum: Program Design Intern, Strategic Partnerships, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California)

Institute Advantage: Faculty and advisors at the Institute who knew my interests helped me amplify the range of my job search. The Center for Advising and Career Services helped me consider whether this job was the best next step to advance my career in international education—ultimately, it was.

Expertise: Student success

Story: How I Got Hired

Dan Watson, IEM graduate

Daniel Watson

First Job After Graduation: Marketing and Technology Coordinator, University of Utah Learning Abroad Program (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Practicum: Education Abroad Advisor, Portland Community College (Portland, Oregon)

Institute Advantage: My practicum work played a huge role in preparing me for my career; I created a strategic marketing plan and worked daily in the student enrollment system. The work I did in my practicum is work I do in my current position. The Marketing and Recruiting class was very helpful, as was the mentoring from the International Education Management faculty.

Expertise: Higher education administration, Spanish, intercultural communication

Story: How I Got Hired

Sayre Weir MAIEM ’20 helping out at international student orientation at the University of Georgia.

Sayre Weir

Current Employment: Assistant Director of International Student Live, University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)

First Job After Graduation: Programming Coordinator for International Student Lie, University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)

Institute Advantage: The resume workshops and one-on-one career advising sessions offered through the Center for Advising and Career Services at MIIS helped me with strategies for my cover letter and resume. Additionally, Dr. Katherine Punteney’s course on International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) was incredibly helpful as it prepared me with content and context for this role.

Expertise: Higher education administration, Spanish, intercultural communication

Story: How I Got Hired

Careers Beyond Study Abroad

Our alumni work in a wide range of fields including but not limited to education abroad. Check out our webinar on careers in international education beyond study abroad.

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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Location (Employed or Continuing Education)

China; Dominican Republic; France; Japan; Peru; Spain; United States



While the majority of IEM graduates go into education, our recent alumni also work in the following industries: 

  • Consulting
  • Development
Select Employers
  • 7 Elements
  • American Councils for International Education
  • Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
  • Beyond Sports
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Elite Scholars of China
  • Guild Education
  • IE University
  • International Education Research Foundation
  • IREX
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Media & Arts for Peace
  • Middlebury College
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Mills College
  • New Mexico State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Rikkyo University
  • San Jose State University
  • Student-Athletes Abroad
  • Syracuse University
  • Syracuse University in Madrid
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of Redlands
  • Via TRM
  • World Savvy
  • WorldStrides ISA
  • Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute
Select Positions
  • Assistant Director of International Scholars & Global Learning
  • Client Success Manager
  • Director of Experiential Learning Programs
  • International Program Advisor
  • International Recruitment Advisor
  • International Scholar Analyst
  • Program Development Manager
  • Senior Program Officer
  • Student Services and Admissions Advisor
  • Study Abroad Advisor



Employer Testimonial

The Institute has a stellar reputation in our field, and [the student’s] skills and value to our team confirm this reputation!

—Internship Supervisor

Summer 2019

Secured opportunity: 92%

Locations: Costa Rica, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United States


  • Academic Programs International (API)
  • American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Amherst College
  • Babson College
  • Cyrptocurrency Exchange
  • Delaware County Community College
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Diversity Abroad
  • EF
  • Forte International Exchange Association
  • Institute for Security Governance, Naval Postgraduate School
  • International Education Center at Diablo Valley College 
  • Japan Center for Michigan Universities
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Miami University
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Middlebury Schools Abroad: Madrid, Spain
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State Center for Intercultural Leadership & Communication
  • Santa Clara University
  • Springboard
  • SUNY Stony Brook International
  • Academic Programs
  • Team4Tech
  • The Experiment
  • UC Berkeley
  • UCR Education Abroad 
  • University for Peace
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Wyoming 
  • VIA
  • World Learning’s The Experiment in International Living

Select Position Titles

  • Alumni Coordinator
  • Assistant Dean of Admission
  • Assistant Operations Coordinator
  • Career Services Operations
  • Associate
  • Education Abroad Assistant
  • Education Abroad Graduate Student Researcher 
  • Education Abroad Program Assistant 
  • Graduate Assistant
  • Group Leader
  • Homestay Teacher
  • Intern
  • International Education Specialist 
  • International Services Advisor
  • International Student Advisor
  • International Student Aide
  • International Visitor Program Coordinator
  • Lead Intern
  • Library Graduate Assistant
  • On-site Coordinator
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Professional & Member Services Graduate Intern
  • Program Coordinator
  • Programs Manager
  • Recruiting Program Coordinator
  • Scholar
  • Student Services Coordinator