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Graduates of the International Policy and Development degree and MPA degree find rewarding careers around the world in development, education, democratic governance, and human rights organizations, as well as program design and evaluation.

Alumni

Why the Institute: Make Your Career Count

I came all the way from Ghana in 1999 to the US. Landed in New York first, went to Florida, and then eventually to Minneapolis, and then to school in Iowa. And then four years after going through studies with languages I came to Monterey. At MIIS, I loved the opportunity to really apply what I was learning to real issues.

And I got an internship with UNICEF and I started working for the social protection for children and women. That was when I really dug deep. And since then I have been doing work with women and girls and children. Currently, I serve on the board of the African Women's Development Fund USA.

Really raising visibility within the diaspora about the contributions of African women, about getting resources into their hands to do what they have to do. Looking at how do you build movements, vigorous, vibrant, women's movements. And then looking at feminism in it's own space and what does it mean to be an African feminist.

What does it mean to be a young woman leader? Women do hold the solutions in their hands. Seeing how resourceful women are, how resilient they are, how courageous they are, how bold they are. I learn so much even about myself as a woman. I started something called being a whole woman, which means I bring all of who I am to everything I do.

I bring my trials, my successes, my failures, my faith, my intellectual capacity, my passion, my talents, my gifts. I bring all of that, so when I show up I don't show up in silos, but I show up in the fullness of who I've been created to be. For me feminism is not about a power struggle, it's about recognizing the values and the assets and the contributions.

Women realizing that they can be carpenters, they can be engineers, they can be masons, they can be whatever they want to be. You give them the freedom and the permission to live boldly, to live powerfully, you allow them to also show up as that whole woman or as that whole leader.

Because I strongly believe that the power to lead comes from the commitment to serve.

April Danyluk on a boat

April Danyluk

Employer: Independent Consultant (JLO Consulting, LLC) working with the Center for Civil-Military Relations (Department of Defense)

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Institute Advantage: The joint degree in public administration and international education management neatly aligned with my professional goals. I appreciated the small class sizes, accessible professors, and pedagogical focus on practical skill building and client-based projects. The amazing alumni network is wide-ranging and well connected, and it has served me well. The Institute prepared me to be a professional.

Expertise: The intersection of education, peace building, and security cooperation

Lizzie Falconer

Lizzie Falconer

Employer: Catholic Relief Services

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Institute Advantage: The support of faculty and staff was critical to becoming a Catholic Relief Services Fellow and now 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.

Expertise: Business development, facilitation, and capacity building

Wesley Laine

Wesley Laine

Employer: A global top 10 law firm

Location: Paris, France

Institute Advantage: Policy Analysis with Professor Jeff Dayton-Johnson, International Law with Professor Warren Small, and other rigorous policy courses. Group work on case studies with brilliant classmates from various backgrounds.

Expertise: Financial institutions regulation and enforcement

Story: From Haiti with Love

Onaba Payab

Onaba Payab

Employer: American University of Afghanistan in Kabul

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Institute Advantage: Career consultation with professors at the Institute helped me grow professionally.

Expertise: Sustainable development

Story: Leading from the Front

Claire Potdevin

Claire Potdevin

Employer: Timor-Leste Ministry of Finance

Location: Timor-Leste

Institute Advantage: I took general courses, which gave me a broad view of theoretical and practical challenges in the world of development, and core courses on policy evaluation and assessment tools, which I still use today. I applied firsthand what I was learning in class to real-life issues, including a “water challenge” competition to solve the water shortage in Monterey. I also worked directly with a social change NGO in San Jose. The Institute gives students the chance to take a first step in the professional world while still in school.

Expertise: Public policy planning (with a focus on public financial management policies), and performance monitoring and evaluation

Story: Dispatch from East Timor

Manique Rao, International Policy Development graduate

Monique Rao

Employment: UNICEF

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Institute Advantage: There was definitely no way I could have gotten my position with UNICEF if I hadn’t earned my degree from the Institute. It was Institute Professor Akaha who suggested I apply for internships in Cambodia so that I’d be eligible for the Freeman Foundation Award, which I ended up getting. The Institute course work prepared me for a position at UNICEF Cambodia as an evaluation intern. There, I did work such as program evaluation; leading capacity development; and proposal writing for international development, women’s human rights, social sector needs assessment, and social asset mapping. I've used elements from each of my Institute courses in my current position.

Jorge Silva

Jorge Silva

Employment: Deputy Chief of Staff for Jacky Rosen (US Senator from Nevada)

Location: Washington, D.C.

Institute Advantage: The range of people who choose the Institute—the tremendous diversity of backgrounds and experiences—is what made my time there meaningful. They helped me understand issues from different points of view. I gained valuable knowledge about how policies are developed and the consequences they carry. This wealth of insight combined with a knowledgeable faculty helped me process complex concepts and be able to communicate them simply to a diverse group of people.

Expertise: Communication

Careers

This information is compiled from surveys of the Classes of 2011–2016 and refers to the first job after graduation (unless otherwise stated).

LOCATION

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Afghanistan; Argentina; Azerbaijan; Belize; China; Dominica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Kazakhstan; Laos; Lebanon; Malaysia; Mexico; Myanmar [Burma]; Norway; Peru; Poland; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; Tanzania; Thailand; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States

Employment Status (One Year After Graduation, %)

Salary (U.S. BASED, EMPLOYED FULL TIME)

Sector

Function

Select Employers

ACDI/VOCA (USAID contractor)
Alliance for Peacebuilding
Appalachian District Health Department
BNP Paribas
California State Coastal Conservancy
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services
Center for Conflict Studies
Center for Effective Global Action (UC Berkeley)
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Charleston Area Justice Ministry
Chemonics
Chemonics International (USAID contractor)
City of Los Angeles
Community Partnership for Youth (CPY)
Conflict Armament Research
Congressman Ruppersberger (Maryland)
Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of State
Dept of State (US)
East Kazakhstan Regional Governor office
Environmental Protection Agency
Financial Action Task Force for Latin America (GAFILAT)
Firelight Foundation
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Innovations for Poverty Action
Institute of International Education
International Labor Organization
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
International Rescue Committee
International Rivers
Jami University, Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan
Jhpiego (USAID contractor)
John Snow, Inc. (USAID contractor)
JP Morgan Chase
JustWorld International
Mercy Corps

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Naval Postgraduate School
Nevada State Legislature
OneVillage Partners
Packard Foundation
Pax Mondial
Peace Corps
Peery Foundation
Pew Charitable Trusts
Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.
Root Change
Root Change
Rubicon International
S&P Global
Salud Para La Gente
Save the Children
Search for Common Ground
Stemtech Global Foundation
Teach for America
Teach for Thailand
Tech Soup Global and David and Lucile
the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
The Asia Foundation
The JUMP Foundation
The World Bank
Transitions for Recovery and Re-entry
U.S. Department of Commerce
UNDP (Istanbul)
UNHCR
United Nations
United Nations
United States Department of Labor, International Labor Affairs Bureau
United States Environmental Protection Agency
US Army
US-China Guangdong Chamber of Commerce
USAID
Wells Fargo
WILPF PeaceWomen
Winrock International
Winrock International
WK Kellogg Foundation
World Bank Group
World Intellectual Property Organization

 

Internships

Employer Testimonial

“[The student] consistently went above and beyond to complete her assignments … preparing a complete two-day training … to accompany a new advocacy guide we were developing. [She] worked efficiently and was always prepared with materials. She took ownership of the project, often exploring new ideas on her own time. On numerous occasions, [she] would share a new idea she’d found by talking with professors, colleagues, etc.”

International Professional Service Semester Supervisor, Mercy Corps

“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

 

Summer 2017

Secured Opportunity: 81%
Locations: China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, United States

Select Employers (Internships)

10 Power
AARP Foundation
ACDI/VOCA
Advocacy Project
Asylum Access
Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County
Chinese Financial Office
City of Palo Alto
Climate Action Network
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Concordia Language Villages
Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
DialogueDirect
Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington D.C.
Global Communities
GRID Alternatives
Hanns Seidel Foundation, Academy for Politics and Current Affairs
International Rescue Committee

Kiron Open Higher Education
Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps
Middlebury Language Schools
Monterey Museum of Art
Office of Family, Marriage, and Respect, Life of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington
Peace Corps
Planning Studies Research Center
Relief International
Resources for Residents and Communities
Results for Development
Solid'Africa
TechnoServe
The Mintz Group
The Third Space
U.S. Department of State
UN Women
United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
United Way Monterey County
Your Future Is Our Business

Select Position Titles (Internships)

Acting Regional Programme Manager
AmeriCorps VIP
Community Outreach Intern
Congressional Intern
Director's Office Intern
Executive Director Intern
Founder
Fundraiser
Gallery Guide
Global Education Summer Intern
Global Scanning Network Intern
Grant Writer
Immersive Learning and Special Projects Program Assistant
Intern
Intern—Evaluation and KM
International Development Specialist

Literacy Impact Leader
M&E Intern
Management Fellow
New Business Coordinator
Peace Fellow
Performance, Accountability, and Learning Officer
Private Collaborator
Program Assistant with Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Program Performance and Quality Intern
Program Specialist for Men's Ministry and Social Media Outreach
Research and Evaluation Intern
Research Associate
Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Intern
Resettlement Casework Intern
Social and Cultural Affairs Intern
Technical Assistant
Youth in Development Volunteer