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During spring break 2013, the Center for Advising and Career Services organized popular trips to Washington D.C and Silicon Valley, as well as adding their services to a trip to New York planned by Professor Ed Laurance. The focus was on careers, with targeted visits to organizations and companies linked to the career interests of students, and visits with alumni established in their chosen fields.

Thirty people joined career advisors Mary (Maggie) Peters and Jennifer (Jen) Hambleton-Holguin on a weeklong trip to Washington D.C. Maggie and Jen worked hard to schedule visits at the organizations students were most interested in joining and organize meetings with MIIS alumni working there. Among the organizations visited were the World Bank, USAID, OAS, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Pentagon.

The duo also hosted a reception for students and the very active Monterey Institute D.C. Alumni chapter. "It was amazing to see the Monterey Institute community come alive in D.C.,” says Maggie Peters. “The support and enthusiasm provided by our MIIS D.C. alumni and their willingness to open their organization's doors and connections to our current students and recent alumni was almost overwhelming – and such a huge success!" International Environmental Policy student Kelsey Schueler (MAIEP ’14) adds, "This is a much more interesting and effective way to learn about policy organizations than spending six hours looking on their website!"

Also during spring break, 26 students joined four faculty and staff members on a bus tour to Silicon Valley, where they had executive briefings with MIIS alumni working at Cisco Systems and Solar City. The tour culminated with another networking event with enthusiastic alumni, this time in San Francisco. “The trip was a huge success,” shares career advisor Ted Bouras, who hopes to organize a similar trip next spring.

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