Graduates of our International Trade master’s degree program are working at leading organizations to develop policy analysis, ensure trade compliance, and negotiate trade in private businesses, government, and civil society around the world.

Alumni Career Profiles

Why the Institute: Career-Focused Learning

The three-semester International Trade and Economic Diplomacy curriculum—two semesters in Monterey, California, and a final semester in Washington, D.C.—allowed Loren Hall to smoothly transition into his current position at D.C.’s Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), where he designs and implements trade facilitation in emerging economies.

My name is Loren Hall, I’m a graduate of the International Trade and Economic Diplomacy degree. Currently employed as a trade and logistics officer with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. Which is comprised of three organizations, the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Economic Forum and the third organization which is where I sit here in Washington D.C., is the Center for International Private Enterprise.

The role of the Center for International Private Enterprise within that framework is to design and implement the trade facilitation projects that the alliance does in developing and emerging economies.

[Speaking in Portuguese:] “Do you think we’ll be speaking with SECEX [Brazil’s Secretariat of Foreign Trade] tomorrow?”

In this role I get to actually travel to these developing and emerging economies.

I get to listen to all the different stakeholders in the country. I get to listen to their problems, their issues with trade and I get to work with them to figure out a solution and I’m there from start to end. It really is a great space for me to work that touches on the international development world and it really utilizes trade as a lever for that development.

The job that I’m in now is absolutely what I wanted when I went to MIIS, and what I had in mind when I wanted to go and get that education. The ITED program itself is really unique, they actually offer the first two semesters in Monterey, California, and then you transition to D.C. for the final semester.

And for my role, the professional world is Washington, D.C. So that transition in the final semester was extremely beneficial. The confluence of trade and development has been a passion of mine for quite some time. But I really wanted to take that to the next level and the MIIS education was what allowed me to do that.

Matthew Caron

Matthew Caron

Current Employment: Vice Consul–Software, Department for International Trade, British Consulate-General (San Francisco, California)

First Job After Graduation: Trade and Investment Associate, Department for International Trade, British Consulate-General (San Francisco, California)

Internship: Trade and Agriculture Intern, Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. (Washington, D.C.)

Institute Advantage: I found my current job through two very interesting and informative internships based in Washington, D.C. Both of those opportunities arose as a result of advice from Institute alumni, focused Institute coursework on policy and commercial outcomes, and unique class projects.

Annathea Cook

Annathea Cook

First Job After Graduation: International Trade Compliance Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (Washington, D.C.)

Internship: Intern, Bay Area Council (Shanghai, China)

Institute Advantage: In each class at the Institute, I was taught in a way that allowed me to interact as a peer in this field as soon as I graduated. The Institute introduced me to all aspects of international trade and offered me access to accomplished alumni who were willing to help—it was an Institute alum who helped me find my current position in Washington, D.C.

Story: How I Got Hired

Brigit Flay, ITED graduate

Brigid Flay

First Job After Graduation: Global Strategies Coordinator, U.S. Grains Council (Washington, D.C.)

Internship: International Trade Intern, North American Export Grain Association (Washington, D.C.)

Experiential Learning: World Trade Organization and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Institute Advantage: The ITED program is rigorous and challenging but also very rewarding. Being at a place where I was able to improve professionally, academically, and personally is something I truly appreciate about the Institute. Further, the international atmosphere of the Institute greatly contributed to my experience there. Having classmates from around the world studying a broad variety of languages taught me new ways of thinking and gave me insights into issues that I couldn’t have received anywhere besides the Institute.

Loren Hall MAITED

Loren Hall

Current Employment: Trade and Logistics Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (Washington, D.C.)

Institute Advantage: The ITED program itself is unique: they offer the first two semesters in Monterey, California, and then you transition to D.C. for the final semester. And for my trade work, the professional world is Washington, D.C., so the transition in the final semester was extremely beneficial.

Story: How I Got Hired

Bryan Herbert MAITED '20

Bryan Herbert

Current Employment: Senior Consultant, Deloitte’s Global Trade Advisory (Washington, D.C.)

Internship: Enforcement and Compliance Division Intern, International Trade Administration (Washington, D.C.)

Institute Advantage: In addition to my internship, there were a few classes that helped my career; chiefly, the strategic trade controls class and the import compliance class. We also had a guest speaker series on export controls with agents from the California field office of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that was particularly informative.

Story: How I Got Hired

Christopher Loopesko, ITED graduate

Christopher Loopesko

Current Employment: Economic Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (Washington, D.C.)

First Job After Graduation: Market Access Division Intern, World Trade Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)

Internship: Commercial Intern, U.S. Mission to the European Union, U.S. Commercial Service (Brussels, Belgium)

Institute Advantage: My job would never have been possible without my Institute degree. The international focus of the curriculum and the number of international students at the Institute allowed me to really connect and learn from my peers. The semester in Washington, D.C., and the language program built into the curriculum were a perfect fit for my needs.

Wyatt Mince, ITED graduate

Wyatt Mince

First Job After Graduation: International Trade Practice Project Assistant, Wiley Rein LLP (Washington, D.C.)

Internship: South and Central Asia Intern, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (Washington, D.C.)

Experiential Learning: World Trade Organization and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Institute Advantage: The small, close-knit community at the Institute amplified my learning experience. The focus on international trade ended up being the perfect fit for my professional trajectory.

DJ Watts

DJ Watts

Current Employment: Analyst, Import Customs and Compliance, Herbalife Nutrition  (Torrance, California)

First Job After Graduation: Logistics Coordinator, Aiya America (tea distributor in Los Angeles, California)

Internship: International Trade Policy Intern, Wine Institute (Washington, D.C.)

Institute Advantage: I built on my Japanese language skills toward a career that affects the world in a positive way.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood

First Job After Graduation: International Trade Compliance Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (Washington, D.C.)

Internship: International Trade Specialist Intern, U.S. Commercial Service (Brasilia, Brazil)

Immersive Learning: Washington, D.C. Career Exploration Spring Break Trip

Institute Advantage: The Institute allowed me to continue on a path that would lead to public service in international trade and allow me to continue speaking Portuguese at a professional level. The Institute fit those criteria and was key for my successful career path.

Shiya Zhang

Shiya Zhang

Current Employment: Trade and Ethics Compliance Staff, GlobalFoundries (Singapore)

First Job After Graduation: Trade and Ethics Compliance Staff, GlobalFoundries (Malta, New York)

Institute Immersive Learning: East Asia Practicum

Institute Advantage: Individual career advice from the Institute Center for Advising and Career Services definitely helped with interview preparation. My immersive learning experience in Brazil and the diverse community at the Middlebury Institute helped me to become a more confident interviewee.

Other Alumni Positions

  • Director for APEC Affairs, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Global Policy Senior Manager, Information Technology Industry Council
  • Director, Asia Business Development and Aviation Policy, the Boeing Company
  • Director of Government Affairs, Apple
  • Professor of Trade, Renmin University at Shandong
  • Senior Manager, Apple
  • Senior Manager, International Trade and Energy Policy, Cisco Corporation
  • Counselor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Korea
  • Trade Policy Analyst, OECD
  • Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Deputy Chief of Party, Supporting Economic Analysis and Development in Indonesia, Nathan Associates
  • Managing Director, Industry and Trade Development, Nathan Associates
  • Director, International Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Director for Western Europe and Middle East Affairs, U.S. Trade Representative

Check out more profiles on our development, policy, and trade career insights blog.

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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Location (Employed or Continuing Education)

China; Japan; Kazakhstan; Mexico; United States


Select Employers

  • California Governor’s Office
  • CBIZ Retirement Plan Services
  • Comercializadora MexFrance
  • Deloitte 
  • Flexport
  • Global fishing watch
  • KPMG
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • Wind Financial Information 



Select Positions

  • Account Manager 
  • Agriculture Marketing Specialist 
  • Fisheries Analyst
  • Foreign Direct Investment Specialist
  • Global Customs Analyst
  • Global Operations Associate
  • Global Trade Advisory Consultant
  • International Economist
  • International Trade Paralegal
  • International Trade Specialist 
  • Program Analyst
  • Retirement Plan Consultant
  • Senior Consultant
  • Trade Policy Research Coordinator




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

Summer 2019–2021

Secured Opportunity: 83% (several opportunities canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

Locations: China, Jordan, Rwanda, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States

Select Internship Employers

There are 25+ employers of recent ITED interns, a few are highlighted below:

  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Institute in Taiwan, Commercial Section
  • Andrew Chang & Co.
  • Biogen Inc.
  • FCLT Global
  • Kroll
  • Office of Congressman Panetta
  • Tesla
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • U.S. Foreign Commercial Service
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)

Select Internship Position Titles

  • Commercial Intern
  • Economic Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Intern
  • Economics Research Internship
  • Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative Intern
  • Global Trade Compliance Intern
  • Regulatory and Technical Affairs Intern
  • Researcher and Policy Analyst
  • Senior Business Analyst
  • Supply Chain Analysis Intern
  • Trade Compliance Analyst Intern