Beth Shigemitsu, a student at the Monterey Institute, has been playing video games her whole life. The video game industry is heavily dominated by the Japanese, so she became interested in learning the Japanese language. Until she came to MIIS, she was completely self-taught; but she wanted something to channel and refine her talent and interest in Japanese into something she could actually use. Now she is studying Translation and Localization Management and focusing on video game localization.
There is a lot of diversity on the MIIS campus. In this weeks' "The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds," Lauren Thompson (MBA/TLM '14) shares her experiences of having classes with other students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
In this 60 second snapshot of his experience at MIIS, translation and localization management student Joshua Potter talks about the benefits of having seasoned professionals as professors. One example of the immersive opportunities offered as part of the degree program he says, is a trip he and his classmates took to Yahoo Headquarters to participate in a discussion about the future of Netflix and their globalization and localization plan.
Ahra Lee is a graduate student pursuing a degree in Translation & Localization Management.
In this 60 second snapshot of her experience at MIIS, she says that MIIS opens more doors to opportunities than you can imagine. She also shares her experience participating in the annual Fall Forum where interpreters get to practice in real time. Her sister also attends the Monterey Institute, in the Translation and Interpretation program.
Click the image to watch her video, "The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds."
Xiao Hu (Victor) is pursuing a degree in Translation and Localization Management at the Monterey Institute.
In this 60 second snapshot of his experience at MIIS, he talks about going to the Localization World Conference. It's one of the biggest events in the localization industry, and a good opportunity to get to know various vendors and clients in the industry. He says, "It was really a valuable and unforgettable experience."
"The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds" features a different student each week from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In these short videos, the students elaborate on topics such as why they chose to come to MIIS, what has surprised them about the Monterey Institute, what kinds of cool things they've been involved in—both on and off campus, and more.
The first feature is Allie Browne, a graduate student pursuing a degree in Translation & Localization Management.
Program: MATLM Portuguese
Summer Internship: Ccaps Translation & Localization, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Undergrad: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“I see localization not only as the art of making content available in other languages, but prepared to make sense to its target audience. That is what fascinates me the most about it and what drove me to this profession!”
Signalling continuous growth and expansion of academic programs, the Monterey Institute welcomed nine new faculty members this fall. The new faculty reflect the diverse campus, arriving from near and far and bringing a range of new experience and knowledge to share with students in different programs.
Less than two years after graduating from the Translation and Localization Management program at the Monterey Institute, Emily Frye (MATLM ’11) is happily managing localization projects into 14 languages at Apple Inc. “I feel the classes at MIIS really prepared me for my position at Apple. My understanding of CAT tools, terminology management and the opportunity to have studied with a diverse group of people, have all been very useful on a daily basis.”
Veterans bring a wide range of experiences to their studies at the Monterey Institute where they are encouraged to build on their skills and expertise to prepare for a new stage in their careers. The Monterey Institute’s diverse degree programs from international policy studies, management and nonproliferation and terrorism studies to various language programs are perfectly suited for veterans dedicated to continue to make a difference.