Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

About Monterey

Innovative leaders in virtually all aspects of environmental policy, business, and technology are located within 100 miles of campus.

Many local organizations employ our students as paid or volunteer interns, offering invaluable experience and networking opportunities. These organizations continually seek out MIIS students and graduates because of their high degree of professionalism and high quality of work.

Monterey is a center for marine and ocean conservation and policy, featuring excellent resources such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which is one of several marine protected areas that serves as an example of ocean conservation. Additional notable organizations in the area include: the Center for Ocean Solutions, the Ocean Conservancy, and Oceana.

Nearby Silicon Valley serves as the heart of the green tech revolution. The organic agriculture movement started just on the other side of the bay in Santa Cruz. Conservation leaders like the Big Sur Land Trust and the Ventana Wildlife Society are local groups that have helped define conservation policy for decades, while the Sustainability Academy is only a short bike ride away. Finally, only two hours away, the San Francisco Bay Area has the highest concentration of environmental NGOs anywhere in the world.

We encourage prospective students to schedule a campus visit so that they can sit in on classes, meet faculty, network with students and career advisors, and appreciate the immense beauty of the Monterey Bay Area.