International Policy Studies

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

Relaunched Alumni Achievement Awards Honor Four

The Monterey Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award Program was relaunched in 2012 as a way to demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to and pride in its alumni through annual recognition of alumni leaders.   These awards are presented during spring commencement which "showcases the kinds of career paths that our new graduates can strive to achieve, and sends them the message that alumni live the school’s motto of “Be the Solution,” according to Leah Gowran, Director of Alumni Relations.  

The Alumni Achievement Awards for 2012 are as follows:

Director of Harvard’s Carr Center to Deliver Keynote at MIIS Human Rights Fair

Two Monterey Institute student clubs, the Amnesty International Club and STOP Club, are joining with the United Nations Association and the Peace Coalition on April 27-28 to present the 2nd annual Monterey Institute Human Rights Fair. Dr. Charlie Clements, Executive Director of Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy will deliver the keynote address in the Irvine Auditorium at 6 pm on Friday, April 27. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and music.