Graduates of our Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) master’s degree program are in high demand for careers promoting the reduction and elimination of weapons of mass destruction and responding to threats from terrorism and financial crime.

Alumni Careers

Kyle Pilutti Spotlight

Kyle Pilutti

Current Employment: Safeguards Analyst, National Nuclear Security Administration (Washington, D.C.)

First Job After Graduation: Research Assistant, Ploughshares Fund (Washington, D.C.)

Internship: Global Security Intern, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, California)

Institute Advantage: The Middlebury Institute network has been very helpful in navigating the nuclear policy space—almost every sector has Institute graduates.

Story: Four Institute Graduates Awarded Fellowships with Nuclear Agency

David Zacks, NPTS graduate

David T. Zacks

Current Employment: Head of Compliance, Auka, a Norwegian VC-backed technology company that enables retail banks to issue mobile payment products (Oslo, Norway)

First Job After Graduation: Liaison to Mexico, U.S. Department of Treasury, FinCEN (Washington, D.C.)

Institute Advantage: I stayed in contact with Professor Moyara Ruehsen, who introduced me to the field—I have since hired several Institute students as interns and alumni for full-time positions. Good second-language skills are a great asset, and one thing that you can say about Institute graduates is that they can always be trusted to stand on their own feet as professionals from the first day.

Expertise: Payments and compliance

Story: GSIPM Young Alumni Achievement Winner 2018

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Lila Green

First Jobs After Graduation: Export Compliance Analyst, Autodesk (San Rafael, California); Consultant, Institute for Inner Economy (Marina, California)

Professional Associations: President, U.S. West Coast Chapter of Women in International Security

Institute Advantage: I was able to build meaningful relationships with professors and colleagues alike, including working as a graduate assistant for my favorite professor. I took advantage of every opportunity: I worked as hard as I could in all of my courses, I attended events that featured relevant speakers to my interests, I went to my classmates’ club meetings, and I started my own student organization—the Middlebury Institute chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS)—which led to my work with the Institute for Inner Economy, where I consult on nonproliferation-related issues and security sector vernacular. It also led to me being appointed as the President of WIIS West after I graduated.

Michelle Alford, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies graduate

Michelle Alford

First Job After Graduation: Intelligence Analyst, Global Intelligence Center, eBay (San Jose, California)

Internship: Center for Global Security Research Intern, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, California)

Specialization: Financial Crime Management

Institute Advantage: The Institute’s courses—such as Introduction to Terrorism and Apocalyptic Millenarianism, Weapons of Mass Destruction Nonproliferation Policy, and Science and Technology—helped secure my internship with the Center for Global Security Research. My connection to the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Student Chapter gave me the chance to visit the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the initial networking opportunity.

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).

Employer Testimonials

“The students that graduate from MIIS are the most qualified of all the folks coming straight out of school to work here. MIIS prepares students well to work here in Washington.”

—Kerry M. Kartchner, PhD Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State

“We like this school. We like the people we’ve hired and we want to bring in more of you.”

—Frank Pearn, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase and Co.

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China; Germany; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan; United States

Select Employers

  • Accenture Federal Services
  • Apple
  • Google
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • JPMorgan Chase and Co.
  • Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • U.S. Department of Defense


Employer Testimonials

“[This student is a] conscientious and efficient professional demonstrating advanced critical, analytical and communication skills ... [She has a] great sense of responsibility, reliability and commitment ... [and a] readiness to address new and challenging tasks.”

International Professional Service Semester Supervisor, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna

Summer 2018

Locations: Ghana, Russia, United States


  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Arms Control Association
  • BNP Paribas
  • Center for Civil-Military Relations
  • DEA
  • FBI
  • Gathering For Women
  • Harvard Belfer Center
  • Intelligence Community
  • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • King County Auditor's Office
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Labratory
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • National Counterterrorism Center
  • Naval Postgraduate School Office of the Inspector General
  • PIR-Center
  • Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children
  • Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of State Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs

Position Titles

  • Advanced Research Intern
  • All Source Information Officer
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Intern
  • Developer
  • Forum on the Arms Trade Intern
  • Global Fraud Monitoring Analyst Intern
  • Graduate Assistant
  • Graduate Assistant Special Programs
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Intern
  • Nuclear Safeguards Research Intern
  • Political Affairs Intern
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Intern
  • Strategic Trade Control Intern
  • Student Volunteer
  • Student Workforce Trainee,
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
  • Summer Associate
  • Summer Audit Intern
  • Trainee Assistant Inspector General
  • Unconventional Weapons and Technology


Past Internships

Year: 2017

Locations: Austria, Belgium, China, Ethiopia, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates, United States

Select Internship Employers

  • Advanced Onion
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • The Atlantic Council
  • BAE Systems, Inc.
  • BMW Group
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
  • Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
  • Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • dKomplex, Inc.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Jimma University
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, Conventional Arms Branch
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • World Affairs Council of San Diego
  • Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy
  • Center for Climate and Security
  • Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Responses to Terrorism (START) at UMD
  • Council of the European Union, Counterterrorism Coordinator's Office
  • Hudson Institute
  • Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • The Institute for Science and International Security
  • Monterey County DA's Office, Bureau of Investigations
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • PIR Center
  • Tesla
  • Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • World Artificial Intelligence Organization