Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Ten-Year Anniversary of IPSS

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Guests at the IPSS anniversary celebration included: (front) Carolyn Meyer, Ashley Burke; (back) Dr. Phil Morgan, Professor Ed Laurance, President Sunder Ramaswamy, Nicholas Chudeau, Elena Illina Nicklasson, Paula Kirlin. Watch the video to see more from the celebration.

November 30, 2012

Alumni of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program shared their experience and reflected on the deep effect it has had on their careers and lives, at the 10-year anniversary celebration of the program on November 29.  The program was the brainchild of Professor Ed Laurance, who ten years ago recognized the value of combining real-life work experience with rigorous academic training to prepare graduate students for the international careers of their dreams.

The program has been a huge success to the joy of its founders and current staff, who follow with great interest the careers of participants, many of whom secure long-term employment at the international organizations to which they are assigned.  As Carolyn Taylor Meyer, director of professional immersive learning and special programs, points out: “IPSS is still a groundbreaking program after all these years, as most professional graduate programs still require their students to be on campus for four semesters.” 

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