Paula received her M.A in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute in August 2004.
From January until July 2004 Paula served with the UN High Commissioner for refugees in Pretoria South Africa, as part of the IPSS. At UNHCR, she worked under the Senior Regional Advisor for Refugee Women and Children, focusing on prevention and response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
“Just before the end of Fall 2001 semester, professor Ed Laurance announces the beginning of the brand new, amazing program that the Monterey Institute will offer. It is called IPSS. Students will go and work where they wish “not exactly as interns, but as professional staff with an organization”.
“The 6-month internship at UNODA was an exceptional experience for me, both in personal and professional development.
I was able to quickly gain the trust of my colleagues and become integrated into the UNODA team due to the specialized coursework on nonproliferation and disarmament at the Monterey Institute.
The network I developed while interning at UNODA has continued to play an important role in my professional work in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation.” Himayu Shiotani September 2012
“The goal of the branch, as well as the office is to provide consulting and information assistance to the High Representative, Secretary General, and the international community in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation.
In my two months of internship, I have written notes directly for the Secretary General, assisted at the 1540 Committee and Missile Panel, met with experts and ambassadors in the field, and contributed to the disarmament yearbook. In terms of career goals, I learn what it means to work in an international organization and be an expert.
Anya Erokhina received her B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.
While earning her degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Monterey Institute, she worked at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Naval Post Graduate School, and Lawrence Livermore National Labs researching international nuclear programs, proliferation trends, and nuclear safeguards, respectively.
Alumni of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program shared their experience and reflected on the deep effect it has had on their careers and lives, at the 10-year anniversary celebration of the program on November 29. The program was the brainchild of Professor Ed Laurance, who ten years ago recognized the value of combining real-life work experience with rigorous academic training to prepare graduate
Since graduating from the Monterey Institute in 2009 with a master's degree in International Environmental Policy (IEP), Ashley Camhi has been working on multi-million dollar projects with the World Bank that focus on the economics of the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Monterey Institute takes pride in its success in preparing students for a professional international career so that they can hit the ground running after graduation. A large part of that success can be attributed to the many immersive learning opportunities offered to students in all degree programs, varying from smaller projects involving the local Monterey community to longer-term internships with non-profit and international organizations around the world.
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 of International Studies has launched the MIIS International Friendship Program, matching incoming international students from various degree programs with enthusiastic local families. The program provides a unique opportunity for students and local families to share their cultures and backgrounds with one another and learn something new. The local families are not expected to provide students with a place to stay, but rather to invite students to explore life outside of the campus.