Five MIIS professors took an introductory policy analysis course and turned it into an optional year-long immersive learning opportunity. Students have the option to enroll in a Peru-focused policy class in the fall, design a research project, conduct in-field research as part of a winter-term practicum in Peru, and then follow up by working with the information and data collected as part of a seminar in the spring, all while they are learning the tools of data analysis.
In October of this year, Monterey Institute staff member Lisa Donohoe Luscombe (MATESOL ’09) traveled to St. Andre’s school in the central plateau of Haiti on a volunteer mission to conduct an English language needs analysis for the 900-student school and to introduce One Laptop Per Child XO machines to teachers and students. The project, nicknamed “Team EFL Haiti,” attracted a team of four students in the fall curriculum design course led by Professor Jason Martel.
Growing up in hot and dry Austin, Texas gave Michael Murphy (MBA/MAIEP ’08) a deep-rooted understanding of the value of water as a resource and how stressed many of our water sources are. In true Monterey Institute fashion, Michael has made global and local water challenges the focus of a highly specialized career that also relies heavily on his skills in developing community connections.
Monterey Institute alumna Johanna Parker (MATI ’05) gets to combine her love of language with a natural intellectual curiosity in her career as a professional interpreter. As a student in the Translation and Interpretation program in Monterey, she secured an internship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and fell in love with the fast-growing profession of medical interpreting. “You really get the feeling that you are making a difference in people’s lives,” she says of the experience.
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.
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.