Addressing the 247 graduates at the May 21 graduation ceremony, President Sunder Ramaswamy and Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, spoke of the road ahead.
37 MIIS Students Heading Off to Immersive Learning Programs in 18 Countries
January 24, 2012
The Monterey Institute takes pride in its success in preparing students for a professional international career so that they can hit the ground running after graduation. A large part of that success can be attributed to the many immersive learning opportunities offered to students in all degree programs, varying from smaller projects involving the local Monterey community to longer-term internships with non-profit and international organizations around the world.
This year 37 students participated in intensive winter term training courses designed to prepare them for assignments as part of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS), the Frontier Markets Scouts (FMS) or the Development Management Project Institute (DPMI) Plus program. They are now heading off to test their skills and theory in a real-life setting, and if the past is any indicator, working for organizations where they may find employment after graduation.
Seventeen students are heading off to work for an international organization as a junior professional as part of the International Professional Service Program. Another fourteen students are heading off to assignments working for non-profit organizations, higher learning institutions and international organizations in the United States and seven other countries building on the skillset they started building in the three-week intensive DPMI course. Finally, six students are heading off to Nicaragua, Brazil, India and Mexico where they will work to connect local entrepreneurs with investors under the guidance of the Frontier Market Scout program. We wish them all the best in their endeavours!
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During his time in the Peace Corps, David Chiesa (MATESOL ’10, LPA Certificate) taught students in China to perform the play Hamlet.