Today, 36 students representing the best and the brightest from around the world will gather at the Monterey Institute of International Studies to begin a four-week training program designed to prepare them for a successful experience as Fulbright Program international exchange students.
The Monterey’s Institute’s commitment to immersive learning includes an emphasis on summer fellowship and internship opportunities all over the world. These placements put students on the ground using and further developing their skills while working on real-world issues in a professional capacity with organizations of all sizes and shapes, from UNESCO to frontier market entrepreneurs.
“Growing up in rural southern Idaho, I wasn’t imbued with any sort of desire to work internationally,” says Richard Crothers (MPA ’97), who would be lured abroad to play basketball in South America and Switzerland. “I gradually began to see the world differently,” and the Monterey Institute was a great springboard for an internationally-focused career. With his new degree, he went back to Europe to participate in the establishment of the European Voluntary Service for the European Union.
Following the June 18 meeting between President Obama and President Putin of Russia at the G-20 Summit in Mexico, the State Department issued a news release touting examples of U.S.-Russian cooperation, including a youth science program developed and implemented by the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS).
Twenty-one Frontier Markets Scouts recently completed training at the Monterey Institute and took their first steps towards a career in impact investing. The Frontier Market Scouts program was jointly developed and managed by the Monterey Institute, Sanghata Global and Village Capital to turn compassionate and capable young professionals into talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and weak-capital regions of the world.
“I saw a poster for a casting call on a light pole one day walking home from school,” says Brian Gueyser (MATI ´13), explaining what prompted him to look up from his school books and seek a thespian adventure. “My daily life and schedule were pretty much dictated by my studies in the Japanese Translation and Interpretation master’s program,” Brian shares, adding that when he saw the poster, he was totally ripe for a peachy adventure.
The current issue of The Carnegie Reporter, a publication of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, features several students of the Monterey Institute’s Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program in its spring publication. The article is titled “Next Gen Nonproliferation” and portrays the Monterey Institute students as future leaders in the global effort to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
With no formal training and nothing to prove to anyone but himself, Chris Cheng (MAIPS ’06) flew under the radar when he arrived in Agua Dulce, California as one of the competitors on the fourth season of the History Channel’s reality show Top Shot. By the time he was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded $100,000 and a contract with Bass Pro as a professional marksman six weeks later, his consistent performance and grace under pressure had impressed both fans and fellow competitors.
As graduates of the Monterey Institute go out in the world to "be the solution" in their chosen professions, many think back with gratitude to the Institute faculty, staff and supporters who have helped them to fulfill their personal and professional aspirations.
Lauren Marasco (MPA ’13) has been awarded a $1000 cash prize for her essay submitted to the William Sloane Coffin Anti-Human Trafficking Essay Competition. The selection committee was made up of Professors Jan Black and Tsuneo Akaha, both senior faculty members from the Graduate School of International Policy and Management.