Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Cindy Zuluaga (IPS ’14) has always loved the ocean. After completing her undergraduate research on the magnetic reception of demersal sharks in South Africa, she came to the Institute to study International Policy for Ocean and Coastal Resource Management where she shared the following remarks:

“My time with MIIS has allowed me to participate in a variety of classes and workshops that will directly contribute to a successful future career. The [Ocean and Coastal Resource Management] track is a unique program that blends policy, economics and conservations measures all in one. I have had the opportunity to participate in one of the MIIS practicums [as well].

Last semester I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Cuba with Professor Jan Black. It was an eye opening and immersive experience. MIIS students are well-informed, driven and well-traveled. This leads to a dynamic student body of varied interests and strong leaders. With a degree from MIIS, I hope to launch a successful career in marine conservation!”

Upon receiving a fellowship through the MIIS Center for the Blue Economy, Cindy’s passion led her to Peru and Chile during the summer of 2013 where she did an internship with Save the Waves Coalition and evaluated the surf breaks in small surfing towns. She kept an active blog journal of her time there as well.

“My MIIS experience has been a unique one…” says Zuluaga. We would have to agree!

By making a contribution to the Annual Fund today, you can help ensure that hardworking, driven students like Cindy continue to follow their dreams through the Institute. Join the adventure!