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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This information is compiled from surveys of the Classes of 2013–2017 and refers to the first job after graduation (unless otherwise stated).
“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.
China; Germany; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan; United States
“[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
Locations: Ghana, Russia, United States
Locations: Austria, Belgium, China, Ethiopia, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates, United States
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