Large Group of International Education Management Students and Faculty Participate in NAFSA Conference
The Monterey Institute made its presence in the field of International Education Management felt at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region 12 conference in San Diego. Thirty-seven students, one staff and two faculty members from the International Education Management program attended the conference.
“After visiting the Monterey Institute, I was all in,” says Matt Jira (BA/MPA ’13), a veteran of the U.S. Army who is on the verge of launching a new career in international development. “I was drawn to the international community but especially to the pragmatic focus of the academic program,” he shares, adding that now, as he prepares to graduate, he is confident in his skills and “feels fully prepared to transition from military service to a career in development.”
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.
“I eavesdrop shamelessly,” confesses Ann Flower, assistant director of library services, with a somewhat mischievous smile on her face. She explains that many people simply don’t think to ask for help with their research or are unwilling to bother staff, instead sharing their dilemmas with other students.
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.
The Monterey Institute’s Development Project Management Institute (DPMI), an intensive professional certificate program, will launch its first training program in Kigali, Rwanda from January 14-23, 2014.
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.
Spanning the globe and addressing a wide range of issues, students in the International Environmental Policy program at the Monterey Institute are adding valuable field training to their academic studies through high quality internship placements designed to advance their career aspirations.
After growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monterey Institute student Wesley Laine (MAIPS ’14) knows from experience what it is like to go without one of the most basic human needs -- access to clean water. Two years ago he started a project in the South East Department of Haiti to install gravity-fed water chlorination systems using a simple device. “I really wanted to do something about the cholera crisis in Haiti,” says Wesley. “The fact that it is now helping over 360,000 people means everything to me.”
The dedicated staff of the Institute’s Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS) organized a full day of activities on Friday, October 4 designed to help students find and follow their career goals and make the most of their time in Monterey. Working with students from day one has proven a great strategy as evident by the large number of graduates landing jobs in their field either by or shortly after graduation.