Recent Monterey Institute graduate Julian Zhu (MACI ’12) could be considered a prime example of how social media is changing the landscape of the job search and recruiting processes for students and employers—not to mention the importance for students of building relationships with faculty members. Julian is currently working as a Terminology and Reference Intern with the International Criminal Court, Interpretation and Translation section in the Hague, the Netherlands.
Every day at the Monterey Institute is a celebration of international education, but once a year the campus opens its doors to spread the joy of learning about other cultures and languages to local high school students. “Our visit last year was the highlight of the school year,” says MIIS alumna and teacher Jennifer Carter (MATESOL ’97) who is now bringing her second group of English as a Second Language learners from North Salinas High School. “I am so proud of my students,” she adds, “and they seem to be having an unforgettable experience this year too.”
For many Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience and a deeper understanding of a particular subject, and/or to enhance their language skills. The courses and immersive learning opportunities offered for the 2013 winter (or “J-term”) are a wonderful reflection of the vibrant academic environment created by the unique Monterey Institute community.
Monterey Institute students flocked to a wide range of workshops and discussions offered across campus all day on Career Focus Day. They took advantage of opportunities to explore their strengths, learn about different career paths, improve presentation skills, get tips on alumni networking and starting they own business, learn about incorporating social media into job searches, and stretchwork in sessions throughout the day.
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you—for Paris is a moveable feast.” If a single sentence could capture Pablo Chang-Castillo’s (MAT ’01/MACI ’02) life, Ernest Hemingway would be its author.
"One of the things I love most about MIIS students is their extreme hunger for practical advice," says Kent Glenzer, associate professor of organizational behavior and development. Despite impressive academic credentials such as a Ph.D. and an Ivy League degree, until he got the call from the Monterey Institute last year, Kent had not seen himself as an academic.
The legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, TED Prize winner and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, visited the Monterey Institute this week to talk to aspiring marine policy professionals and give them some career advice. Sylvia was named TIME magazine´s first “Hero for the Planet,” and is well known for her ocean research (logging more than 7,000 hours underwater) and activism for the protection of our oceans.
Dr. Akihiko Sasaki (MATESOL ’03) met Dr. Osamu Takeuchi (MATESOL ’92) in 1998 when he made his first presentation at the national conference of the Japanese Association for Language Education and Technology (LET).
Three Monterey Institute students from the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies master’s degree program spent the summer as interns at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative. They had the amazing opportunity to research an aspect of international safeguards that is of personal interest to them with access to “an incredibly diverse field of experts.”
Renato De Medeiros and Manuela Silveira of Brazil are capitalizing on their language skills and background by pursuing degree programs at the Monterey Institute that fit their international career aspirations.