17 students from the Monterey Institute are training and preparing to head off around the world as part of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program.
As participants in IPSS, they will be working as junior professional staff members for 6 months with international organizations like the UN and the U.S State Department. The students will also receive credits toward their degree for completing an academic project related to their job assignment.
The Monterey Institute is committed to serving veterans. As part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Monterey Institute and the Veterans Administration (VA) will guarantee complete tuition payment for up to 50 veterans each academic year to attend one of our world-class master's degree programs.
Monterey Institute students are known worldwide for their ingenuity and practical approach to addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. It is now easier than ever to support student projects through the newly launched micro-philanthropy platform MontereySTART.
Four projects are currently featured on MontereySTART and they reflect the diverse interests and talents of the Monterey Institute student body:
Monterey Institute Professor and CNS Senior Fellow Avner Cohen received very favorable reviews in the New York Times and other publications for his newest book “The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb” (Columbia University Press).
A BBC News story on the tense situation in Syria on December 7 featured a live in-studio interview with Bilal Saab, a visiting fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). BBC News Anchor Jane O’Brien asked Saab to comment on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s claim in a recent TV interview that he is not responsible for the brutal crackdown on popular dissent in Syria.
In an op-ed piece published in Israeli newspaper Haaretz on December 2, Monterey Institute Professor Avner Cohen pointedly argues for restraint and informed debate regarding possible responses to Iran’s nuclear ambitions in an opinion column titled “Israel’s Iran Dilemma.”
It’s hard to think of a more inspiring setting for a day of structured intercultural activities than the natural beauty of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in the fall. Every year Professor Peter Grothe invites students in his popular course in intercultural communication—as well as students from all degree programs at MIIS—for an all-day retreat in Big Sur.
Professor Jan Knippers Black has had a passion for freedom, fairness and social justice ever since she traveled to Chile as part of the very first class of Peace Corps Volunteers in 1962. Recently elected to serve on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA, Jan will receive another honor on Saturday, October 22 when the Monterey County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will present her with their annual Ralph B. Atkinson Civil Liberties Award.
On Saturday, October 8, an estimated three hundred people gathered at the Monterey Institute’s downtown campus to participate in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. The day began with a screening of the film “An American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver” and continued with panel discussions about the early years of the Peace Corps and the impact of service on careers. After an international tea and coffee reception, guests filled the Irvine Auditorium for a sold-out lecture by renowned author and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Paul Theroux.
Quinn VanValer Campbell is currently pursuing her MA in International Policy Studies with an emphasis on Conflict Resolution. This past summer, she interned with a Washington, D.C. group called The Advocacy Project. That organization placed her with a community organization in Bosnia called BOSFAM. In Bosnia, Quinn worked with women who survived the country's 1995 massacre in Srebrenica.