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 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, International Education Management graduate

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

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

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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China; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Japan; Liberia; Spain; Thailand; United Kingdom; United States

Employment Status (One Year After Graduation, %)




Select Employers

  • American Councils for International Education
  • American University
  • Appalachian State
  • Arizona State University
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito
  • CEA Study Abroad
  • Free The Children
  • Girls Inc.
  • Hawaii Tokai International College
  • Institute of International Education
  • Intercultural Communication Institute
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Pomona College
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stanford University
  • Thinking Beyond Borders
  • VIA Programs


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 2018

Secured opportunity: 91%

Locations: Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Peru, United States


  • Carpe Global / UN Migration Agency (IOM)
  • CEA
  • CIEE Portland
  • Education First
  • Gla
  • Global Glimpse
  • Greater Chicago International Academy
  • ICADS 
  • IFSA Butler
  • Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS)
  • IPSL
  • KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad
  • SDSU Office of the President
  • SILP
  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage
  • UC Berkeley Extension
  • UC Riverside
  • UCSF 
  • US Pathway Program
  • Via-TRN
  • World Savvy
  • Yale University

Select Position Titles

  • Activities Manager
  • Fellow
  • Graduate Assistant 
  • Graduate Student Intern
  • International Program Assistant
  • International Program Liason
  • Mentor
  • OISS Intern
  • On-Site Manager
  • Operations Assistant
  • Partnership Associate
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Design Specialist
  • Program Fellow
  • Program Leader
  • Program Liaison
  • Research and Resource Development Intern
  • Student Advisor
  • Volunteer


Past Internships

Year: 2017

Locations: Czech Republic, Chile, Denmark, Malaysia, Spain, Cameroon, France, Mexico, Peru, United States


  • Case Western Reserve University
  • CEA Study Abroad
  • CIEE
  • DC Language Immersion Project
  • DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia
  • Diversity Abroad
  • KEI Abroad
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Middlebury Schools Abroad: Madrid
  • SIT Experiment in International Living
  • Northeastern University 
  • Performing Arts Abroad
  • The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Education USA
  • EF Language Travel
  • EUSA Centro Universitario Sevilla
  • Florida International University 
  • Girl Scouts of Badgerland Council
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Middlebury College in Cameroon
  • Student Diplomacy Corps
  • Summer Institute for the Gifted
  • University of Washington—ISS Office and FIUTS
  • UC Berkeley