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

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.

Valentina Bianco Hormaechea MANPTS ‘20

Valentina Bianco Hormaechea

Current Employment: Associate External Relations and Reporting Officer, UNHCR (Peru)

Internship: Research and Liaison Unit Intern, United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC)

Institute Advantage: I truly believe that the skills I acquired at MIIS, plus my internship and field experience, contributed to my landing my current job at UNHCR.

Story: How I Got Hired

Lila Green

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 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.

Mark Leon-Guerrero MANPTS '19

Mark Leon-Guerrero

Current Employment: Platform Policy Enforcement Investigator in Developer Operations, Facebook (Sunnyvale, California.)

First Job After Graduation: KYC Compliance Investigator, Mercari (Palo Alto, California)

Institute Advantage: Language studies helped me tremendously, as I ended up working for a Japanese company initially. The Center for Advising and Career Services team, especially Elizabeth Bone and Bryce Craft, helped me with salary negotiation, searching through the alumni database for potential contacts, and so on. The Financial Crime Management specialization also helped me hit the ground running in my new field.

Story: How I Got Hired

Kyle Pilutti

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

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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* A number of students may have job offers but are awaiting security clearance



Austria; France; Ireland; Japan; Mexico; Netherlands; Pakistan; Russia; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States

Select Employers
  • A1-Interpreters & Translators LLC
  • Accenture 
  • Amazon
  • AML Rightsource
  • Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies 
  • Autodesk 
  • Bernie 2016, Inc
  • bitwage
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Brookhaven National Lab
  • Camber Corporation
  • City of North Miami
  • Deloitte
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Fanack B.V. 
  • George Mason University 
  • Google
  • Helena 
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Insperity 
  • International Atomic Energy Agency 
  • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • JTG, Inc.
  • Mintz Group
  • Moonshot CVE
  • National Background Investigations Bureau
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • KeyPoint Government Solutions
  • Kharon
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • MGIMO University
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Navanti Group
  • Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Partnership for Global Security
  • Pinkerton
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations
  • San Jose Police Department
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Steele CIS
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad
  • TCF Bank
  • Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • TIBCO Software
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • U.S. Senate
  • UCLA
  • University of Lahore
  • Vaco
  • White House Office of Scheduling and Advance
Select Positions
  • Analyst
  • Associate Analyst
  • Chief Warrant Officer
  • Consultant 
  • Contract Military Language Instructor
  • Crime and Intelligence Analyst
  • Export Compliance Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Investigator 
  • Project Manager and Research Associate
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Research Officer
  • Special Agent
  • Team Lead Investigations Center



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 2019

Secured Opportunity: 89%

Locations: Hungary, India, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United States


  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Bureau of Industry & Security
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Center on Terrorism Extremism and Counterterrorism (CTEC)
  • Cryptocurrency Exchange
  • Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies
  • Hedayah
  • Hungarian Strategic Defense Research Institute 
  • Institute for Security Governance, Naval Postgraduate School
  • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
  • Justice In Mexico
  • Kroll Inc.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC)
  • PIR Center
  • Raymond James Financial Services
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of State
  • United Bank of Iowa
  • United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
  • United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) 
  • W.R. Berkley Corporation

Position Titles

  • AML Governance Intern
  • Assistant Information Analyst
  • Classroom Manager
  • Compliance
  • Cybersecurity Incident Response Intern
  • Extremist Content Analyst
  • Fraud Department Specialist
  • Graduate Assistant
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Intelligence Analyst Intern
  • Intern
  • Intern, Compliance and Due Diligence
  • Intern, Office of Russian Affairs
  • Junior Investigative Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Intern
  • Safeguards Intern
  • Strategic Trade Control Intern
  • Volunteer Student Service Intern
  • WMD Branch Intern


Past Internships

Years: 2017, 2018

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

Select Internship Employers

  • Advanced Onion
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Arms Control Association
  • BAE Systems, Inc.
  • BMW Group
  • BNP Paribas
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
  • Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy
  • Center for Civil-Military Relations
  • Center for Climate and Security
  • Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Responses to Terrorism (START) at UMD
  • Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
  • Council of the European Union, Counterterrorism Coordinator’s Office
  • Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • dKomplex, Inc.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Gathering For Women
  • Harvard Belfer Center
  • Hudson Institute
  • Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Intelligence Community
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Jimma University
  • King County Auditor’s Office
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Labratory
  • Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigations
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • National Counterterrorism Center
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • PIR Center
  • Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children
  • Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Tesla
  • The Atlantic Council
  • The Institute for Science and International Security
  • Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of State Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs
  • U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
  • World Affairs Council of San Diego
  • World Artificial Intelligence Organization

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