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Graduates of the International Trade and Economic Diplomacy program develop policy analysis, ensure trade compliance, and negotiate trade in private businesses, government, and civil society around the world.
 

Alumni in the Field

Why the Institute: Career-Focused Learning

Loren Hall MAITED ’17 knew he wanted a career in trade and development. The Institute’s International Trade and Economic Diplomacy master’s program made that a reality for him. The three-semester curriculum—two semesters in Monterey, California, and a final semester in Washington, D.C.—allowed him 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.

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 course work on policy and commercial outcomes, and unique class projects.

Expertise: International trade and investment

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.

Expertise: International trade compliance

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.)

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

Institute Advantage: The Institute was special for me because of the International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED) program and the international atmosphere of the school. 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. I forged great friendships through this program and simultaneously developed skills that give me a distinct advantage in my career field.

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. 

Expertise: International trade compliance, economics, international law

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.)

Immersive 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.

Expertise: Research, data collection, and speechwriting

DJ Watts

DJ Watts

Current Employment: Internship Trainee, Expeditors, global logistics and supply chain company (Los Angeles, 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.

Expertise: Customs brokerage

International Trade and Economic Diplomacy student 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.

Expertise: International trade compliance

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.

Expertise: Trade compliance

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

 


Internships

Summer 2018

Locations: Japan, United States

Employers

  • CBZ
  • Global Trade Alert
  • National Foreign Trade Council
  • North American Export Grain Association

Select Internship Position Titles

  • Compliance Associate
  • International Trade Intern
  • Japanese Trade Policy Analyst
  • Trade Analyst

 


Past Internships

Year: 2017

Locations: Indonesia, Brazil, Belgium, United States

Employers

  • Canadian Embassy
  • EU Delegation
  • GlobalFoundries
  • National Foreign Trade Council
  • Nathan Associates
  • SAP
  • State of Tennessee 
  • TESLA
  • U.K. Embassy
  • U.S. Consulate (Milan)
  • U.S. Embassy (Brazil)
  • U.S. Trade Representative
  • U.S. Commercial Service
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Compliance and Enforcement
    • Bureau of Security and Industry
    • Foreign Commercial Service
  • U.S. Department of State
    • Presidential Management Fellows 
  • Wine Institute
  • World Trade Organization