Spring Break @MIIS, Part II: Students Explore Potential Career Paths in Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley
During spring break 2013, the Center for Advising and Career Services organized popular trips to Washington D.C and Silicon Valley, as well as adding their services to a trip to New York planned by Professor Ed Laurance. The focus was on careers, with targeted visits to organizations and companies linked to the career interests of students, and visits with alumni established in their chosen fields.
As a secondary school student in Bratislava in 1989, Peter Fordos (BAIS ’06 / MAIPS & MAITP ’07) joined hundreds of thousands of his countrymen taking to the streets day after day, eventually bringing the hard-line Czechoslovakian Communist Party to its knees in the Velvet Revolution. “It changed everything,” says Peter who had always dreamt of visiting the West but never before thought it possible. As soon as he could Peter moved to the United Kingdom to study English, starting the path that would lead him to the Monterey Institute.
Jenifer Carter’s parents, both returned Peace Corps Volunteers and educators, instilled a sense of curiosity about the world and other cultures in Jenifer (MATESOL ’97) and her four brothers. “They encouraged us to travel and see as much of the world as we could,” Jenifer says, adding that she was first really bitten by the travel bug when she participated in a high school exchange program in France.
For many students at the Monterey Institute, the annual career fair comes at the end of an intense month of workshops and training to prepare for taking the next step on the road to their dream career. Students polish their resumes and practice their “90-second pitch” before meeting with potential employers.
Lovely Umayam (MANPTS '13 and Gard 'n' Wall Scholar) won first prize and was awarded $5,000 in the Innovation in Arms Control Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. Members of the public were invited to submit innovative approaches to using commonly available technologies to support arms control policy efforts, and the competition drew more than 500 submissions.
MIIS Student, Arrested at 15 by the Taliban for Teaching Girls, Now Poised for Leadership Role in Education in Afghanistan
Fulbright student Moslem Shah (MAIPS ’13) had his pick of U.S. universities, but chose the Monterey Institute of International Studies because he felt it would fit his long term plans to take on a leading role in rebuilding his native Afghanistan after three decades of war. “My experience here, both personally and professionally, has gone way beyond my expectations,” says Moslem, adding that he loves how the diverse student body has helped him to broaden his perspective.
Do your campus memories include the People’s House, or Steve’s Sweetheart Café in the Holland Center? What about learning to ski on the annual MIIS ski trip to Lake Tahoe, under the tutelage of Professor Peter Grothe? Perhaps your memories are about the Student Council’s annual Margarita Blend-Off? Or happy hours on campus after a hard week of finals? Or getting that perfect internship, acing your “quals,” presenting your capstone or IBP, or finally handing in your portfolio? Maybe your memories are as much about the scenic beauty that is Monterey…the lights on the wharf, sailboats on t
“Achieving zero-waste is no small feat, especially for a multi-day event that takes place on three golf courses and draws thousands of spectators,” said Krista Almanzan, news director at local NPR station KAZU, in a February 14 feature about efforts to divert waste at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament. Leading the way was recent graduate of the International Environmental Policy program at MIIS Abbie Beane (MAIEP ’12), who is now the director of sustainability programs for the Offset Project.
Whether you were study buddies or bumped into each other on the recreational trail, your hearts made a connection through the Monterey Institute!
While Elizabeth (Ellie) Wood (MAIEP ’12) was a student of in the Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy (MAIEP) program at the Monterey Institute, she focused on energy and climate change and also on sustainable business development. She is one of the 96 percent of the MAIEP graduating class of May 2012 to successfully gain employment in their desired field within six months of graduation.