Students at the Middlebury Institute have the opportunity to live and work in another part of the world while enrolled, whether on a summer fellowship or as a Peace Corps Masters International.
International Environmental Policy
“If creating policy is the best way to leverage your impact, then nothing can beat training groups of amazing young people to do that every year,” says environmental policy professor Jeff Langholz.
Middlebury Institute student Molly McKeon describes “inspiring and humbling” experience participating in high-level discussions about international aid and disaster relief in Japan recently as part of her Pacific Forum Young Leader fellowship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Middlebury Institute student Amanda Bensel has joined forces with other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from Nepal to raise funds for transitional housing in the area where their host families live, among the hardest hit by recent earthquakes.
Middlebury Institute student Stephanie Gentle is adding her eighth and ninth languages as a Boren Fellow in Kyrgyzstan while using her skills to conduct valuable research for her international environmental policy degree.
Middlebury Institute alumni participating in relief efforts in their native Nepal gave updates on the situation after the catastrophic earthquake on Saturday, and described the challenges ahead.
Each year, the Middlebury Institute community hosts a week-long celebration of our planet in connection with Earth Day, ranging from practical guides for sustainable daily practices to scientific lectures to lively debates about eating habits.
The Middlebury Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy has launched the new peer-reviewed academic Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, focusing on the role ocean and coastal resources play in regional and national economies.
MIIS Alumnus Erich J. Pacheco (MAIEP ’13) is working to improve global efforts in conservation and sustainable development.
Recent MIIS alumna Julia Townsend has successfully built a career applying behavioral science approaches to solving environmental issues, and will serve as a Global Youth Ambassador at the upcoming World Parks Congress.