Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Student Profiles

Learn about our diverse student body and hear what they have to say about the International Policy and Development (IPD) program.

Alaina Robertson

Fast Fact: Alaina is an avid climber.  She has scaled El Capitan, summited Mount McKinley and participated in a Himalayan expedition. 

“MIIS’s curriculum is keeping pace with the real world.” 

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Chase Coniglio

Fast Fact:  Chase served as a rural health facilitator with the Peace Corps in El Salvador.

“I want to be an agent of change in the international policy arena.”

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Sean Manzano

Fast Fact:  Since taking up running five years ago, Sean has run races of all distances from 5Ks to marathons.

"I would like to work as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department."

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Zuleyma Bebell

Fast Fact:  Zuleyma organized the first social enterprise coffee hour in Amman, Jordan.

"To be surrounded by such an intelligent, intellectual and accomplished group of people not only gives me endless topics for conversations but it's also motivational."  

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Monica Kelsh

Fast Fact:  Monica has been able to utilize her Spanish skills while living, studying, and traveling throughout Spain and Peru.

"I love the fact that I can do fieldwork abroad and come back to incorporate it into my academic work."

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