Monterey Institute of International Studies


Members of Team Monterey El Salvador meet with coordinators from the environmental program.

Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the Monterey Way. Whether on-campus or in a developing country, practica provide students with opportunities to explore real world contexts as freelance consultants, field researchers, and junior-level professionals.

Winter Practica

El Salvador Practicum

Team Monterey provides opportunities for students from all programs to enhance their development skills, language proficiency, and multicultural competency. Through a partnership with La Coordinadora, a Salvadoran community-based organization, you will work on projects that promote sustainable agriculture, micro-business models, natural resource protection, youth empowerment, organizational capacity building, and more. To learn how you can contribute, email the Team or visit the Team Monterey El Salvador blog.

Chile Practicum

A delegation of students will visit Chile for a seminar-­‐ practicum on the country’s history of democracy and dictatorship, human rights abuse, and transitional justice. The course will be offered by MIIS Professor Jan Black in collaboration with Judge Juan Guzman, best known as Chile’s prosecutor of General Pinochet, and MIIS-­‐based NGO Global Majority.

The practicum will take place January 6-22, 2012.  The application deadline is October 31, 2012.

For more information or to apply, email Lejla Mavris and Professor Jan Black (please cc or visit the Chile Practicum blog.

Nepal Practicum

The Nepal Peace Building Practicum will focus on understanding challenges to building peace after a Maoist led war in Nepal. Students will meet with government officials, local and international NGOs, former Maoists members as well as civil society members. Students will travel to Kathmandu, the Terai region and the Hill region with a possible visit to the Mountain region.

The practicum will take place January 11-25, 2012.  The application deadline is October 3, 2012 by 12pm.

For more information or to apply, email Professor Pushpa Iyer or visit the Nepal Peace Building blog. Read student stories from the 2012 trip.

Team Peru Volunteer Program

Team Perú aims to develop sustainable programs and projects in collaboration with the indigenous people of the Sacred Valley of Perú. In conjunction with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a professional environment that caters to their particular area of academic focus.

Students have the option of attending one or both of the sessions:

  • January 6-22, 2012
  • June 13-August 14, 2012

Academic credit options are available.

For more information or to apply, email or visit the Team Peru blog.

DPMI Cairo

The Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) in partnership with American University Cairo
in Cairo, Egypt offers a 10-day training in international development in January each year. Applications are due by October 31. To learn more contact or visit the DPMI pages.

Long-Term Practica

Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) Plus

Through the Development Project Management Institute Plus program, you will complete three weeks of intensive coursework followed by three to nine months of in-country fieldwork with a social change organization. Students grapple with the fundamentals of participatory development, group facilitation, and strategic partnerships in preparation for their field experience, which includes conducting a comprehensive case study of their organization.

International Business Plan

MBA students work as a consulting team for a contracting company and under faculty supervision, create a comprehensive plan for international business development. Read about one team's adventure in China.

International Professional Service Semester

The International Professional Service Semester will provide you with the opportunity to work as a junior staff member for a public policy or social change organization. Our students are frequently offered placements at international organizations such as the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), World Bank, and The Nature Conservancy. Many students finish the last 12 credits of their degree, which are earned by conducting a major team research project, through this program.

Frontier Market Scouts

The Frontier Market Scouts Program provides participants with a three-week training on the essentials of business modeling, social impact investing, and base of the pyramid market strategies. Training participants can then embark on field assignments that provide due diligence to entrepreneurs and investors with the ultimate objective of helping to generate high-quality deal flows for social impact investment in developing countries.

Interpretation Practicum

The Interpretation Practicum bridges the gap between theory and practice by simulating a professional work environment as closely as possible. Students interpret for "real clients" at a series of events such as classes, workshops, panel discussions, and volunteer community interpretation opportunities. Students with Spanish as a working language, for example, will also interpret at a medical clinic that serves the local Hispanic community.

Language Teaching Practicum

The Language Teaching Practicum promotes personal and professional development by sharing, unpacking, and analyzing teaching experiences from a variety of viewpoints. Students choose a real world context that matches their interests and goals, such as teaching one of the Institute’s intensive language courses or a language class at a local school or university. Some students complete the practicum during the summer at the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota, the Chilean government’s English program in Santiago, or private language schools in Japan or Albania.

Translation Practicum

The Translation Practicum creates a space where students from different language groups experiment with their own individual translator styles and explore the complexities of working together on large-scale projects. Using screen-recording technology and peer review, students learn to adapt their existing translation skills to real world constraints. They also develop professional skills such as project management, speed translation, and the efficient use of machine translation and new technologies.