Every summer, MIIS students travel near and far to immerse in various professional development opportunities. Last year, CACS launched the MIIS Summer Stories campaign to capture the passion driving students to enrich their professional experience and make an impact in their field of study.
From Hawaii to India, from Brazil to Thailand, students traveled around the world and shared their enriching experiences with us. Fifteen students took part in the MIIS Summer Stories series last summer, giving them the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and share them with other students, faculty and alumni.
We asked participants to share photos that capture their day-to-day work, special projects and other interesting professional or extracurricular activities. Along with the photos, students also submitted brief descriptions of what they were doing that summer. The photos and stories were then shared on CACS social media channels.
What will you be up to this summer? Share your experience with the MIIS community! Doing an Internship? Practicum? Exploring a new country? Your fellow colleagues want to hear about it!
Share your summer story by contacting Emily Weidner at the Center for Advising and Career Services: email@example.com. We look forward to hearing about your summer adventure!
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Brandon Huck (ITED 2016) worked at the International Trade Administration (ITA) in Washington D.C.
Dee Kim (MAT 2018) traveled to Singapore for her first internship and also worked as an interpreter at the Rio Olympics.
Gaya Saghatelyan (MA TLM 2017) worked at Autodesk in San Francisco.
Heather Ahn (MA TLM 2017) interned at STAR Group AG in Thailand.
Jacques Belval (MA IPD/ NPTS) was working with Catholic Relief Services in Niger.
Joshua Morris and Shaun Richards (MA IEP 2017) were research iterns at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Oceania Regional Office.
Lauren Bell (IEM/ MPA) was a Digital Media Associate at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Lizzie Falconer (MPA 2017) led high school students on a service learning trip to the Dominican Republic.
Malvya Chintakindi (MA IPD) did an internship in Peru at Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP).
Maren Haas (MA IEM 2016) led a group of students to China, Russia and India as part of her practicum with Babson College.
Matthew Coomer (MA IEP/IPSS 2017) spent his summer at Conservation International in Hawaii.
Nicolas Morales (MA TESOL 2016) worked with alumnus Scott Ferry at UCSD.
Stephen Doolittle (MPA 2017) spent his summer working for Feed the Children in Washington D.C.
Valeska Masullo (MA TLM 2017) interned at eBay in San Jose, California.
Giulia Zoppolat (MPA 2017) spent her summer in the region of Zhejiang, China studying education policy initiatives.
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