DPMI Plus Assignment: Futures and Options (New York, NY)
Undergrad: Middlebury College
"I appreciated the ability to work with such a small and growing organization because I got to experience all aspects of the organization- from fundraising and communications to program planning and execution."
Program: International Environmental Policy
DPMI Plus Assignment: Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (Plymouth, MA)
Undergrad: University of Iowa
"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."
DPMI Plus Assignment: Institute of International Education (San Francisco)
Undergrad: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"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..."
DPMI Plus Assignment: Jhpiego (Tanzania)
Undergrad: Middlebury College
"Being in an international setting amongst mission-driven individuals working to impact social change, I find myself at home."
“My participation in the DPMI program enriched my understanding of development and provided me with concrete skills and tools that I could utilize to support participatory, sustainable change.
The Monterey Institute takes pride in its success in preparing students for a professional international career so that they can hit the ground running after graduation. A large part of that success can be attributed to the many immersive learning opportunities offered to students in all degree programs, varying from smaller projects involving the local Monterey community to longer-term internships with non-profit and international organizations around the world.
Emily Patrick is pursing her Master's in Public Administration at the Monterey Institute. This past summer, Emily interned in Namibia as part of the Development Project Management Institute Plus (DPMI Plus) program.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies has launched the MIIS International Friendship Program, matching incoming international students from various degree programs with enthusiastic local families. The program provides a unique opportunity for students and local families to share their cultures and backgrounds with one another and learn something new. The local families are not expected to provide students with a place to stay, but rather to invite students to explore life outside of the campus.
Local businesses and student service providers offering everything from food and transport to banking and recreational opportunities introduced themselves to new and returning students at the Monterey Institute’s second annual Student Information Fair on Wednesday, August 24. The event drew a steady crowd of new and returning students and was a great success, connecting students, many of them new to the Monterey Peninsula, to service providers in the local community.
The fall is always an exciting time at the Monterey Institute where faculty, staff and returning students welcome a diverse group of new students from all over the world. This year the incoming class includes citizens of 33 countries and speakers of 22 native languages. What they discover during the first week of orientation is that now they all have one important thing in common—they are all citizens of the Monterey Institute community.