Monterey Institute of International Studies

Student Experiences

Read about where our current students are fulfilling their practicum requirements.

Meet the Practicum Class of Fall 2014

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Quinn Bolander

Practicum: Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Studies and Programs, Illinois State University

Responsibilities: Advising students, co-managing outreach and recruitment, and event planning

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Ximena Ospina

Practicum: Project Development Consultant (Intern), Fundación Escuela Nueva

Responsibilities: Designs and facilitates design-thinking workshops, leads project and program proposals, executes marketing strategy to build donor/stakeholder engagement, conducts professional translations

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Nolan Sutker

Practicum: Senior Academic Manager, EF Education First

Responsibilities: Oversees staff, teachers, and academic programming for over 7,000 high school exchange students in the U.S., including development of 3-part teacher training, advising/evaluating ESL teachers, management of remote team of Academic Managers, and execution of seamless start-to-finish academic programming

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Emily Stokes

Practicum: Admission Associate and Registrar, York School

Responsibilities: Assists in the recruitment of new students, works in partnership with the Cambridge Institute of International Education for students coming from China, and maintains student records

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Alex Nichol

Practicum: Programs and Partnerships Intern, Child Family Health International (CFHI)

Responsibilities: Creates program materials, develops CFHI internal policies, assists with event planning, and performs institutional research

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Michelle Fredrickson

Practicum: Recruitment Consultant, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Responsibilities: Consults with faculty/staff regarding new student recruitment and outreach, develops recruitment plans and assessments, creates training platforms and website materials for recruitment outreach, corresponds with incoming and new students, attends recruitment events

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Jarod Hightower-Mills

Practicum: Intern, Fund for Education Abroad

Responsibilities: Conducting outreach to minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and language programs; developing a funding case using research on the impact of study abroad on completion rates; refining marketing content; and developing a re-entry program

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Lars Schlereth

Practicum: Advisor - Strategic Partnerships, University of California, San Diego

Responsibilities: Works directly with the Dean of the International Center to develop and negotiate strategic education partnerships with international universities that will enhance student, scholar and faculty mobility.

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Rachel Miyazaki

Practicum: International Programs Intern, Washington State University

Responsibilities: Assists in Global Services and International Center programming, including international student orientation and advising, SEVIS reporting, immigration advisories, educational/social activities, and marketing

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Jayna Winn

Practicum: IEM Program Coordinator, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Responsibilities: Assists in the day-to-day and strategic management of the International Education Management program, including assessment design, developing partnerships, and serving as the TA for the Staff Management course

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Drew Ross

Practicum: On-Site Manager for US Pathway Program, Northeastern University

Responsibilities: Oversees staff and day-to-day management of academic program for 200 Nigerian and Chinese students, including advising and cross-cultural training

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Leslie Closterman

Practicum: Student Services Coordinator, Education First Language Travel

Responsibilities: Managing the Student Welcome Desk, coordinating/leading graduation ceremonies and welcome arrivals, recruiting host families, helping with student welfare issues/emergency situations, as well as providing administrative support

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Keri Toma

Practicum: Special Consultant, Office of Inclusive Excellence at CSUMB

Responsibilities: Research and develop materials that promote the integration of international students in the classroom and help faculty prepare for the impact of international students on increasingly multicultural classrooms.

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Yevie Teyfukova

Practicum: International Programs Coordinator, Maryville College

Responsibilities: Development, implementation, and evaluation of campus programming, including cultural events, international student orientation, pre-departure study abroad, and International Education Week; study/intern abroad advising

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Jamie Shannon

Practicum: Marketing & Recruiting Specialist, Frontiers Abroad New Zealand Study Abroad Programmes

Responsibilities: Domestic recruiting, development of new marketing materials, market research and program development

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Sarah Resnick



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Anessa Escobar

Practicum: Scholarship Division Program Intern, Institute of International Education (IIE) Latin America - Mexico City

Responsibilities: Managing contact databases and statistical information, communicating with university representatives and students, assisting with promotional activities, assisting in selection processes, organizing orientation programs for grantees, coordinating program development initiatives

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Melissa Golden

Practicum: Program Development Assistant | Assistant Director of XSEL 2014, VIA Stanford Progams

Responsibilities: Design and maintain pre-program orientation website, provide cross-cultural competency training, administer staff and participant evaluations and make recommendations for program improvement, prototype and test new strategies, tools, and platforms

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Juliet Tyson

Practicum: Intern, San Jose State University

Responsibilities: Assisting in the International Student & Scholar Services office

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Majda George

Practicum: Host Family Recruiter & Activity Leader, Education First

Responsibilities: Recruitment and vetting of host families, including events, phone/email correspondence, and house visits; activity programming development, coordination, and oversight for students aged 9-14

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Mallory Nimis



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Katie Brown

Practicum: Program Assistant, Stanford in Paris

Responsibilities: Preparation/renewal of student files and documents, organization of language partner program and intercultural competence activities, promotion including social media, and emergency assistance for students

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Liz Uibel

Practicum: Intern, Office for Global Engagement, University of Utah

Responsibilities: Various projects for all of the departments under the office (ISSS, Development & External Relations, English Language Institute, Learning Abroad, & Global Internships)

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Lily Busher

Practicum: Community Programs Manager, GVI Quepos Costa Rica

Responsibilities: Oversees volunteer programmes, including the management of an intercultural team of 3 field staff, 2 interns, and 10+ volunteers; continuous programme development; liaising with programme partners and community; ensuring health and safety standards; and Spanish/English translation and interpretation

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Katie Lattman

Practicum: International Student Adviser, Intrax English Language Center

Responsibilities: Accommodation management, special program management, student activity coordination, student advising

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Kristen Arps

Practicum: Program Coordinator, Agricultural Business & Technology Institute, Hartnell College

Responsibilities: Development and coordination of programming that promotes career development for agriculture students, including marketing/recruiting, partnership development, curriculum design, and resource generation

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Ali Philbrick

Practicum: Program Manager, Girls Sports Works

Responsibilities: Teaching sports lessons specifically designed to convey communication skills, leadership skills, healthy living habits and boost self-esteem to combat gender parity issues in Peru; other activities such as designing a new orientation program, creating new school partnerships, event planning, fundraising, promotion, and research