Graduates of our 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 Career Profiles

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

Current Employment: Director of Operations at St. Catherine University (St Paul, Minnesota)

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)

Experiential 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.

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)

Experiential LearningTransitional Justice in Chile with Dr. Jan Black

Institute Advantage: The Institute’s connection with the Middlebury Schools Abroad opened up my possibilities for a practicum, and then eventually led to my current job.

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: My IEM classes continue to help me professionally—I learned so much about best practices in the field of international education management.

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.

Story: How I Got Hired

Dan Watson, IEM graduate

Daniel Watson

Current Employment: University Relations Manager, IESP Study Abroad (Salt Lake City, Utah)

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.

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 Life, University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)

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

Institute Advantage: Dr. Katherine Punteney’s course on International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) was incredibly helpful as it prepared me with the content and context for this role.

Story: How I Got Hired

Check out more profiles on our education and culture career insights blog.

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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Data sources and terminology

Location (Employed or Continuing Education)

China; Denmark; Dominican Republic; France; Japan; Peru; Senegal; Spain; Thailand; United Arab Emirates; United States


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

  • Agriculture/Food
  • Consulting
  • Development
  • Policy

Select Employers


  • 7 Elements 
  • American Councils for International Education
  • Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
  • Beyond Sports
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
  • Consulate General of Japan in Detroit 
  • Elite Scholars of China
  • Forte International Exchange Association
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Guild Education
  • International Education Research Foundation
  • Indy Language Center
  • International Rescue Committee
  • IREX
  • Major League Baseball
  • Media & Arts for Peace
  • Muslim Justice League
  • Northern Nevada International Center
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Springboard
  • Student-Athletes Abroad
  • United Nations
  • Via Travel Relationship Management
  • Winrock International
  • World Savvy
  • WorldStrides ISA


  • Agnes Scott College
  • Amherst College
  • Bentley University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • East Tennessee State University
  • IE University
  • International School of Chouiefat 
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Miami University
  • Middlebury Schools Abroad
  • Middlebury Institute
  • Mills College
  • New Mexico State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pima Community College
  • Rikkyo University
  • San Jose State University
  • Suratthani International School
  • Syracuse University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of Alabama 
  • University of Denver
  • University of Redlands
  • University of Maryland
  • Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute

Select Positions

  • Assistant Dean of Admission
  • Assistant Director of International Scholars & Global Learning
  • Client Success Manager
  • Consultant, Assessment & Curriculum Development
  • Cultural and Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Director of Experiential Learning Programs 
  • Education Abroad Advisor
  • Foreign Credentials Specialist
  • Global Programs Coordinator
  • International Development Specialist
  • International Recruitment Advisor
  • International Scholar Analyst
  • International Student & Scholar Advisor
  • Operations Manager
  • Program Development Specialist
  • Program Manager, Allyship and Campus Outreach
  • Senior Associate, Data Quality and Operations
  • Senior Operations Associate, Career Services
  • Senior Program Officer
  • Student Life Coordinator
  • Study Abroad Advisor
  • Visa Specialist




The Middlebury Institute has partnerships with the following employers for unique internship opportunities:

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 2019–2021

Secured opportunity: 89% (several opportunities canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

Locations: Costa Rica, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, United States

Select Internship Employers

There are 60+ employers of recent IEM interns, a few are highlighted below:


  • Academic Programs International (API)
  • Arcadia Abroad
  • Camp Fire
  • Diversity Abroad
  • Experiment in International Living
  • IFSA Butler
  • EF Education First
  • Springboard
  • U.S. Department of State
  • VIA


  • Babson College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Japan Center for Michigan Universities
  • Miami University
  • Middlebury Schools Abroad: Madrid, Spain
  • Northwestern University
  • Portland Community College
  • Sciences Po Bordeaux
  • UC Berkeley

Select Internship Positions

  • Academic Advisor
  • Alumni Coordinator
  • Assistant Dean of Admission
  • Assistant Program Director
  • Career Services Operations Associate
  • Education Abroad Program Assistant 
  • International Education Specialist 
  • International Programs Assistant
  • International Student Advisor
  • International Visitor Program Coordinator
  • Marketing Project Management Intern
  • New Student Support Specialist
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Professional & Member Services Graduate Intern
  • Programs Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Recruiting Program Coordinator
  • Student Services Coordinator
  • Study Abroad Intern
  • Youth Program Consultant