Large Group of International Education Management Students and Faculty Participate in NAFSA Conference
The Monterey Institute made its presence in the field of International Education Management felt at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region 12 conference in San Diego. Thirty-seven students, one staff and two faculty members from the International Education Management program attended the conference.
Making a difference—the goal of many a Monterey Institute graduate—often begins with a more immediate concern: finding a job. The good news is, a “one year out” survey of recent graduates of the Monterey Institute this fall found that an impressive 87 percent were employed, with another five percent not currently seeking employment due to continuing education or other reasons.
“After visiting the Monterey Institute, I was all in,” says Matt Jira (BA/MPA ’13), a veteran of the U.S. Army who is on the verge of launching a new career in international development. “I was drawn to the international community but especially to the pragmatic focus of the academic program,” he shares, adding that now, as he prepares to graduate, he is confident in his skills and “feels fully prepared to transition from military service to a career in development.”
Spark Ventures is a Chicago based non-profit organization that partners with grassroots organizations in developing countries to provide children in poverty with healthcare, education, and training.
Monterey Institute alumni know that they can bump into each other in just about anywhere in the world, but for four alumni from the same era to find themselves working to strengthen U.S. – Turkey relations at the same time is quite a coincidence! The MIIS contingent in Ankara came together for a photo when Secretary of State John Kerry visited the country earlier this year.
Twenty-one Monterey Institute student participated in a career-focused “trek” to Palo Alto and Oakland organized by Career and Academic Advisor Ted Bouras last Friday. “It was very valuable to be able to talk with professionals in their place of work,” says Jamie Shirreff (MBA/IEP ’14), adding that, because many were MIIS graduates, it was interesting to hear how their education had prepared them.
The dedicated staff of the Institute’s Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS) organized a full day of activities on Friday, October 4 designed to help students find and follow their career goals and make the most of their time in Monterey. Working with students from day one has proven a great strategy as evident by the large number of graduates landing jobs in their field either by or shortly after graduation.
Three Monterey Institute graduates, Anne-Claire Benoit (MPA ’12), Kathleen Gordon (MPA ’12), and Bill Reinecke (MBA ’10) are on their way to one-year assignments in Africa as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Fellows. Hundreds of qualified people apply annually to this highly coveted and prestigious fellowship, but no other graduate school is as well represented as the Monterey Institute.
Monterey Institute alumnus Aaron Stein (MAIPS ’10) has been named one of the “2013 Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33,” an international list recognizing the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The list is published by Diplomatic Courier magazine and co-sponsored by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
Miriam Fugfugosh (MAIPS ’03) says that one of her favorite things about the Monterey Institute is the atmosphere of warmth and welcome that she felt throughout her time there—“from the first day of orientation to graduation.” She appreciated the closeness with other students, and the staff and faculty who found time to interact with the students as individuals.