Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Beauty of MIIS

It's hard to beat the idyllic location of the Middlebury Institute on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's gorgeous Central Coast.

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Laura Henson

 – Fast Fact: Lauren ran a private marathon with two other volunteers down the national highway of Mozambique. "I genuinely want to be a part of something that is much bigger than myself..."

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Elizabeth Edouard

 – DPMI Plus Assignment: Jhpiego (Tanzania) "Being in an international setting amongst mission-driven individuals working to impact social change, I find myself at home."

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Alyssa Poey

 – DPMI Plus Assignment: Institute of International Education "I see myself as a bridge-builder, and want to connect people with opportunities that challenge their understandings of the world and broaden their minds..."

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Heidi Hansen

 – DPMI Plus Assignment: Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society  "Working with WDCS was a truly collaborative experience and gave me insight into the challenges and rewards of working with and for a small nonprofit."

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Rebecca Marcus

 – DPMI Plus Assignment: Futures and Options  "I appreciated the ability to work with such a small and growing organization because I got to experience all aspects of the organization."

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Economics of the Environment

 – Ashley Camhi (MAIEP '09) talks about her work on environmental projects with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Peter Fordos

 – Works for: Cross Cultural Advisors Title: Intercultural Consultant, Trainer and Coach

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Yinghua Cai

 – Fast Fact: Yinghua taught Mandarin Chinese by day and English by night over the summer of 2012. “My professors are the best!!! Supportive and dedicated.”

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Tiffani Jarnigan

 – Fast Fact: Tiffani studied Russian for 10 years. "After graduating from the Monterey Institute, I felt confident in performing any task...putting together a sustainability..."

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Nate Maynard: 2014 Fulbright Scholar

 – Fulbright Location: Kenting, Taiwan "Before attending MIIS, a Fulbright fellowship seemed impossible, now it seems like it was inevitable, I couldn’t imagine attending any other school."

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The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

 – Watch Kayla Howe's "MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds" and learn more about our MPA program and Certificate in International Development and Social Change.

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Karla Micheli

 – Fast Fact: Karla Micheli has traveled, volunteered and worked in 20 different countries. “I truly believe the biggest way I can make a difference in this world is through educating communities.”

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Erin Teske: Student Ambassador

Program: Translation and Interpretation Undergrad: Wesleyan University Fast Fact: I’m a second year Translation and Interpretation student. My native (A) language is English and my second (B) language is Spanish.

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Sky Lantz-Wagner

 – Fast Fact:  Sky has swam with whale sharks in Mexico (and even has a whale shark tattoo on his foot!) "Being in the TESOL program is like being part of the all-star team of language learning and teaching." 

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Sarah DeMola

 – Fast Fact: Sarah has taught English to diverse populations including child refugees in New York, college bound teens in California, and continuing education adults in India.  “For me, teaching is really all about leading each individual student toward self-empowerment and self-discovery.” 

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Catherine Carlton

 – Fast Fact: Catherine works at a permaculture NGO in Malawi. "My favorite aspect of the International Environmental Policy program was the individual attention each student received..."

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Serving Veterans

 – Army veteran Ross Belliveau talks about the Monterey Institute's commitment to military veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Rhiannon Marie Bramer: Boren Fellow

 – Fast Fact: Rhiannon was awarded a Boren Scholarship to spend the 2010-2011 academic year in Mongolia. "Professor Langholz’s research methods class helped me develop a successful research proposal, and it was through..."

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Oil Worker to Conservationist

 – Alfhild Aspelin (MAIEP '12) tells us how she went from working in the oil industry to pursuing an environmental policy degree.

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Alexandra Ogden

 – Fast Fact: Alexandra is currently living 12,000 feet above sea level in rural Peru as a Peace Corps Master's International student. "Professor Jason Scorse's approach to environmental policy is truly what I like most about the International Environmental..."

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