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.
The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first global conventional arms treaty on April 2, 2013. This is the first time the world’s nations have come to agreement on a legally binding international treaty regulating trade in conventional weapons (there are already treaties regulating nuclear as well as chemical and biological weapons). The treaty is being hailed as historic for pioneering elements such as linking sales to the human rights records of buyers.
TEDxMonterey returns to the Monterey Institute on Saturday, April 13 with full-day schedule of exhilarating, thought-provoking and inspiring talks as well as a host of activities designed to invigorate all senses during the breaks. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Monterey Institute Career Fair, organized by the Center for Advising and Career Services, has turned breaking records into a habit. After setting a new record for employer participation last year, the fair this year smashed the record for number of job interviews for students and alumni seeking employment. “The employer response to Career Fair 2013 shows not only the market need, but also the quality and popularity of our students and graduates,” says Career and Academic Advisor Jeff Wood.
Karla Micheli (MPA/MAIEM ‘14) and Natalie Alfaro (MPA ‘14) spent last summer in Granada, Nicaragua interning with the organization Viva Nicaragua. The two students secured immersive learning funding from the Monterey Institute to support their internships, and partnered with the Monterey Museum of Art to produce a museum exhibit as their final project.
The Monterey Institute community has actively honored women and girls in connection with the International Women’s Day (March 8) in a variety of creative ways:
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.
The sad news reached Monterey late last week that recently retired MBA Professor Harvey Arbeláez passed away in his sleep on February 27 after a brave fight with cancer, surrounded by his family at home in Colombia. The Institute has again lost a valued community member and friend.
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.