International Policy Studies

Alumni Enable Two Students to Participate in Social Enterprise World Forum in Rio de Janeiro

“My mind was blown a little bit,” says Katie Holmberg (MAIPS ’13) of her participation in the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF2012) in Rio de Janeiro last month. “Impact investing is becoming such a big thing.” Katie and Elma Paulauskaite (MAIPS ’12) travelled to the Rio after securing competitive scholarships introduced to them by Nelle Sacknoff (MPA ’12), global communications manager at NESsT.  

Monterey Institute Announces New Veterans Scholarship Fund

Veterans bring a wide range of experiences to their studies at the Monterey Institute where they are encouraged to build on their skills and expertise to prepare for a new stage in their careers. The Monterey Institute’s diverse degree programs from international policy studies, management and nonproliferation and terrorism studies to various language programs are perfectly suited for veterans dedicated to continue to make a difference.

A Rewarding Career in Public Service

While standing in the coca fields of Bolivia talking about microenterprise lending for alternative crop development, Jeff Murphy (MAIPS '98) realized the value of his education from the Monterey Institute.

"I wouldn’t have been able to do that without my time spent here at MIIS," Murphy said. “It’s really remarkable when I think back to the skills that are honed here."

Murphy recently returned to the Monterey Institute to speak to students about opportunities for careers in public service.

Center for Conflict Studies Celebrates Inaugural Week with Host of Events

The Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) is the brainchild of Monterey Institute professor Dr. Pushpa Iyer, a respected scholar and practitioner in the field of conflict studies. The Center focuses on the study and application of the right tools for managing conflicts, approaching them as a vehicle of change. CCS was started with the specific goal to develop programs and publications that would contribute to the theory and practice of the field of conflict studies.

Alaina Robertson

Program: International Policy Studies

Specialization: Trade, Investment and Development

Undergrad: Middlebury College (International Studies)

Fast Fact: Alaina is an avid climber.  She has scaled El Capitan, summited Mount McKinley and participated in a Himalayan expedition. 

“MIIS’s curriculum is keeping pace with the real world.”

Brazilian Students Find Programs to Fit Their Dreams at MIIS

Renato De Medeiros and Manuela Silveira of Brazil are capitalizing on their language skills and background by pursuing degree programs at the Monterey Institute that fit their international career aspirations.

9/17: Ambassador Schmierer to Speak About Events in Libya, Middle East at MIIS

Ambassador Richard J. Schmierer will address the recent events in Libya as well as current trends and developments in the Middle East at a public lecture on Monday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Monterey Institute’s Irvine Auditorium at 499 Pierce Street.

Team El Salvador Returns, Poised to Become Stronger than Ever

When the Peace Corps announced last December that they would be interrupting their program in El Salvador because on escalated concerns about security, the Monterey Institute also suspended its popular development practicum in the country. “It was heartbreaking,” says Adele Negro (MACI '99), director of Team El Salvador, of the decision to cancel the departure of Team El Salvador 6 just days before they were scheduled to leave, “but we could not take any chances with the safety of our students.”

Chase Coniglio

Program: International Policy Studies

Specialization: Human Security and Development

Regional Focus: Latin America

Undergrad: UC Santa Barbara (Law & society)

Fast Fact:  Chase served as a rural health facilitator with the Peace Corps in El Salvador. 

“I want to be an agent of change in the international policy arena.”

Classroom Experience Becomes Reality in Japan

This past summer, International Policy Studies student Joel Post (IPS ’13) had the opportunity to put classroom theory into real-world use. Joel worked in Niigata, Japan on an internship at the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA).

Location

Niigata
Japan
37° 54' 58.2912" N, 139° 2' 11.0868" E