International Policy Studies

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).


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Sean Manzano

Program: International Policy Studies

Undergrad: Drexel University (Chemical Engineering)

Fast Fact:  Since taking up running five years ago, Sean has run races of all distances from 5Ks to marathons.

"I would like to work as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department."

Monica Kelsh

Program: International Policy Studies

Specialization: Human Security & Development

Undergrad: University of California-Santa Barbara (Global Studies, Spanish)

Fast Fact:  Monica has been able to utilize her Spanish skills while living, studying, and traveling throughout Spain and Peru.

"I love the fact that I can do fieldwork abroad and come back to incorporate it into my academic work."

Zuleyma Bebell

Program: International Policy Studies

Undergrad: University of Florida (Political Science, International Relations - Middle East Focus)

Fast Fact:  Zuleyma organized the first social enterprise coffee hour in Amman, Jordan.

Alumni Profile: Working to Improve the Lives of Women and Children in Pakistan

Working at a non-profit providing legal aid to the impoverished in his native Pakistan, Amir Murtaza (MAIPS ’07) saw how poor women and their children were treated socially and to some extent also legally, as second-class citizens. He set out to study the marginalized in developing countries where patriarchal and feudal systems often worked to the disadvantage of the most vulnerable. “I was lucky to have had a great education and a supportive family,” says Amir, who set out to do his part to give a voice to and improve the lives of the disenfranchised.

Frontier Market Scouts Head to Assignments on Five Continents

Twenty-one Frontier Markets Scouts recently completed training at the Monterey Institute and took their first steps towards a career in impact investing. The Frontier Market Scouts program was jointly developed and managed by the Monterey Institute, Sanghata Global and Village Capital to turn compassionate and capable young professionals into talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and weak-capital regions of the world.

MIIS Alumnus Chris Cheng Wins History Channel’s Top Shot

With no formal training and nothing to prove to anyone but himself, Chris Cheng (MAIPS ’06) flew under the radar when he arrived in Agua Dulce, California as one of the competitors on the fourth season of the History Channel’s reality show Top Shot. By the time he was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded $100,000 and a contract with Bass Pro as a professional marksman six weeks later, his consistent performance and grace under pressure had impressed both fans and fellow competitors.

Alyson Chun

Alyson Chun '12

Undergrad: Kalamazoo

Major: International and Area Studies- Middle East

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI