Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Summer Opportunities

Spend your summer in a paid internship, building language skills, or completing a professional certificate training.

Zócalo (Career Advising and Resources)

Zócalo is the online career management platform of the Middlebury Institute. Accessible to both students and alumni, Zócalo houses career resources, an employer directory, listings of professional development and job/internship opportunities, as well as a scheduling feature that allows you to book appointments directly with your Career & Academic Advisor.

Trainings w/ Internship Option

DPMI - Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation

DPMI is a leadership certificate training in international development and social change with a focus on innovative approaches to designing projects, facilitating stakeholder engagement, and forming strategic partnerships. Students design international development projects, conduct NGO network analysis, and prepare a behavior change strategy for a nonprofit or NGO client. Summer trainings offered in Monterey and DC with post-training internship options.

CNS: International Nuclear Safeguards Policy

MIIS and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative, will provide six paid summer internships at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. Participants must attend a one-week intensive course on international safeguards policy and information analysis at MIIS June 1-5, 2015. View additional opportunities at CNS in Monterey, Vienna, and DC.


Summer Peacebuilding Program (SPP)

SPP is a three-week intensive training program designed to bridge the theory and practice of building peace in societies that are emerging from conflict, violence or war. Students and practitioners in the field of conflict, peace, development and security studies are eligible to apply. The program is managed by the MIIS Center for Conflict Studies.

China Field Research in Trade and International Development (not offered in 2017)

In this course, students will conduct academic research to explore the topics of trade, diplomacy, and development in China. The field research component of the course is offered every other year. It was last offered June 7- 28, 2016. Students will have the option to stay in China for another two weeks if they wish to conduct more field research on their own. View course website.

Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)

SILP offers foreign language students an intensive and supportive environment that creates opportunities to gain a solid foundation or improve overall proficiency in a language. Eight-week programs are offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. The deadline to apply is April 15.

Middlebury Language Schools

At the Middlebury Language Schools, students can start a new language or improve their skills. The 100-year old intensive-immersion program offers 6- to 8-week programs in 11 languages at Middlebury or Mills College. Students earn 3-4 units of credit (9-12 semester hours) while following the Language Pledge®.

Summer 2017 Research Practicum with Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)

The MIIS alumni founded AASD is seeking 12 students to participate in an 8-week intensive summer research practicum. These students will be split into two teams, each pursuing a unique research opportunity. One team will be working with the local government Office of Economic Development; the other team will make policy recommendations to institutions interested in scaling local community development projects. While these teams will be dedicated to separate projects, all students will participate in a common curriculum of research methods training, development theory and practice, and cross-sectoral collaboration. For more details click here. Note: This program is not managed through MIIS.


Business Fundamentals

This course is designed for students with minimal prior business coursework. The Business Fundamentals Boot Camp will build core skills and acumen necessary for success in business careers. If you are entering the 12-month Fisher MBA in Global Impact Management program and do not meet the admissions requirement for prior business coursework, the Boot Camp is mandatory. Other MBA students may wish to participate to refresh skills and begin to build the MBA cohort spirit. Non-business students seeking to gain a foundation in business knowledge are also welcome.


CBE Fellowships

Students enrolled in the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program who are pursuing the concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management are eligible for fully-funded fellowships with top marine organizations. Applications are due in the spring and followed by interviews with project leaders. Students then choose projects that are best suited to their interests and skills. Past fellows have served the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and the Environmental Justice Foundation.

Job Boards and Internship Ideas

Peace Corps Response

Peace Corps Response provides qualified professionals the opportunity to serve in rewarding, short-term assignments in various programs around the world. To be eligible to Peace Corps Response, you must be one of the following: (1) a professional with 10 years of experience, (2) a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or (3) a certified physician or nurse.

Omprakash Volunteer

Volunteer abroad in over 30 countries! Search by country, ratings, or average daily cost - which for many placements, is nothing at all. Students also have the opportunity to apply for Omprakesh Grants to fund their tickets, accommodation, and so on.

Escape the City

Escapethecity.org is on a mission to connect people with exciting non-corporate opportunities. Their goal is to build a community to help people build meaningful careers doing work that matters - to them, and to the world. After filling out a short profile on interests and experience, students can peruse opportunities in a wide range of countries, industries, and experience levels.

Moving Worlds

Moving Worlds matches professionals with social change organizations for "experteering" engagements around the world. Sign-up with your LinkedIn credentials to receive custom opportunities.

Monterey Nonprofits

Want to stay in Monterey this summer? Many students work with local nonprofits over the summer and part-time during the school year. The Monterey County Gives Campaign provides an excellent list of local nonprofits.

Vault's Internship Rankings

Business, policy, and language students are encouraged to look through this list of paid internships in the private and public sector.

Immersive Professional Learning Funding

Many of the opportunities posted above are eligible (subject to availability) for MIIS Immersive Professional Learning funding.

Middlebury Schools Abroad maintains a long list of study abroad scholarships.