November 2, 2012 - 12:00am
Since graduating from the Monterey Institute in 2009 with a master's degree in International Environmental Policy (IEP), Ashley Camhi has been working on multi-million dollar projects with the World Bank that focus on the economics of the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean.
"It’s an amazing opportunity because their doing huge conservation projects," she said. "Just to be a part of that and the design and the establishment of protection areas was pretty amazing."
Ashley first started working as an intern at the World Bank as part of the Monterey Institute's International Professional Service Semester (IPSS).
“IPSS was extremely valuable, she said. "It’s what got me my job after I graduated."
Ashley recently started a new job, working for the Inter-American Development Bank on a new initiative which is integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services into all of their work.
"It’s really exciting because it’s different," she says. "They are trying to mainstream doing biodiversity conservation and protection of the environment within their entire portfolio. That’s public and private sector. Everything from a tourism project to a huge dam or infrastructure project."
As for advice to current Monterey Institute students, Ashley says that learning a language is critical to working in international development. She also thinks it is important to specialize within a degree.
"Have a focus within IEP," she said. "Having something that makes you standout and building a niche around your knowledge base is really important."