MIIS Students Share Diverse Cultures, Languages and International Experiences with Local High School Students
The Monterey Institute of International Studies and Language Services Associates (LSA), a global language service provider offering a full suite of multicultural solutions, are proud to announce the establishment of The Language Services Associates Scholarship Fund at MIIS. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to ambitious and worthy students who are otherwise unable to afford to attend the Monterey Institute.
They arrived from Kazakhstan and Jamaica, Ecuador and Senegal, France and Japan, Ukraine and Australia. They lived, worked or studied previously in Russia and China, Brazil and Bangladesh, Rwanda and Norway, Dubai and Indonesia. Among their number are cancer survivors, Iraq War veterans, recent college graduates and parents with children.
Five nuclear scientists and three English language faculty members from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Tomsk, Russia, have taken on the roles of students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies this summer, taking part in a unique, customized program curriculum intended to enhance communication between nonproliferation officials in the U.S. and Russia.
A newly-released Interpreting Marketplace Study suggests that the interpretation profession is a high-pay, high-growth industry. The study was commissioned by InterpretAmerica, host sponsor of this June’s 1st North American Summit on Interpreting, and an organization co-founded by Monterey Institute Professor Barry Olsen (MACI ’99) and alumna Katherine Allen (MATI ’08).
On July 22, the Monterey County Herald featured Monterey Institute Alum Mei-Ling Chen (MATI ’99) and her new business, Monterey Language Services, in an article titled “MIIS Grad Returns, Starts Language Service.” After graduating from the Monterey Institute in 1999, Mei-Ling Chen spent ten years working in translation services in Washington D.C., before returning recently to open a new translation and interpretation service in Monterey County.
Elizabeth Romanoff and Jorge Silva: Internships of a Lifetime with the FIFA World Cup in South Africa
Students Elizabeth Romanoff (MPA ’11) and Jorge Silva (MAIPS ’11) capitalized on their fluency in English and Spanish and built on their studies in international management at the Monterey Institute to land a coveted three-week internship with the Mexican Soccer Federation during the World Cup in South Africa.
Interpreters play a vital role in both the public and the private sector, enabling thousands of courts, hospitals, schools and businesses – not to mention international organizations and heads of state -- to bridge language barriers daily. A recent market study conducted by the independent research and analysis firm Common Sense Advisory found that interpreters earn between $43.14 and $65.96 per hour on average, and that although many interpreters work only part-time, more than a quarter of the 1,135 surveyed earned more than $50,000 per year.