Graduates of our MPA degree find rewarding careers in social change, disaster relief, and democratic governance organizations around the world.
Alumni Career Profiles
Current Employment: Strategic Enterprise Capabilities Transformation Change Lead, Nike (Beaverton, Oregon)
First Job after Graduation: International Development Fellow, Catholic Relief Services (Lilongwe, Malawi)
Internship: Intern, Catholic Relief Services (Bolivia and Ecuador)
Experiential Learning: Washington, D.C., Career Exploration Spring Break Trip
Institute Advantage: The support of faculty and staff was critical to becoming a Catholic Relief Services Fellow and then full-time staff. Professors and advisors went above and beyond: meeting with me weekly, editing my résumé and cover letters, and having last-minute Skype sessions to prepare me for interviews. I would not have gotten where I am without them.
Current Employment: Founder and CEO of LifeBank (Lagos, Nigeria)
Institute Advantage: When I enrolled at MIIS I had a plan of working for the United Nations. As students, we were encouraged to get field experience, and I got an internship working with Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 (PATHS2) doing household surveys in northern Nigeria. I was not keen on health care before, but it became my passion. From that experience, I also knew that I wanted to have a career where I was helping people directly.
Current Employment: Executive Director, Santa Cruz County Business Council (Santa Cruz, California)
First Job after Graduation: Housing Specialist, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (Marina, California)
Institute Advantage: The organizational change and development courses I took at MIIS were critical to securing this position and will continue to shape my plans for the business council. I graduated with a solid understanding of what organizations need, not only to survive but to thrive, particularly those that engage in complex, wicked problems.
Story: How I Got Hired
Kirstin van Gend
Current Employment: Program Director at the Read to Me Project (Salinas, California)
Internship: World Vision (Washington, D.C.) and the United Way (Monterey, California)
Institute Advantage: My career advisor, Gael Meraud, was very helpful in assisting me through the job application process. I did several informational interviews with local MIIS alumni in Monterey and was supported by my supervisor at United Way who was a MIIS alum.
Story: How I Got Hired
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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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India; Laos; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Thailand; United States
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“As a small, grassroots nonprofit, it is nearly impossible to quantify the enormous impact we have received from having MIIS interns as part of our team. Qualifying the impact of their value added to process and productivity, as well as quality relationships, can easily be summed up in one word: PRICELESS! Investing in our collective future through this opportunity has extremely high return on investment.”
—Kathi Speller, Executive Director, Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula
Secured Opportunity: 90% (several opportunities canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
Locations: Bahamas, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Malawi, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, United States
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