Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

IPSS fellow Danny Pavitt speaks about his work at Conservation International


IPD student and IPSS fellow Danny Pavitt is currently in the field working as an Environmental Peacebuilding Intern at Conservation International.  Conservation International (CI) has been around for 30 years and was established with a vision that included not only the conservation of nature, but also the well-being of humans in relation to nature.  As Danny puts it, the overarching mission of CI is to promote healthy ecosystems globally and improve human well-being (ensuring a healthy, productive planet for everybody).

At CI, Danny is one of four staff members working in the Peace and Development Partnerships department of the Policy Center.  Environmental peacebuilding is at the intersection of capacity development, conflict resolution, and environmental conservation.  One of the central goals of the Environmental Peacebuilding Department is to raise awareness about the interconnectedness of conservation and peacebuilding.  Environmental conservation is not impossible in conflict areas; you can actually use environmental peacebuilding to mitigate conflict.  Promoting healthy ecosystems and mitigating conflict are not mutually exclusive and in fact can work more effectively in tandem.

Danny is currently working with his team to develop a training manual for global field staff to help them better incorporate conflict-sensitive programming.  The manual will have about 10 modules that are all parts of environmental peacebuilding and will address questions such as: How can we analyze conflict that exists? and How can we tie in different parts of environmental peacebuilding?  So far, Danny has completed a Conflict Analysis Module.  This module is helps engage local stakeholders in a conversation in order to become as informed as possible about situations of conflict in a given area.  The idea is that if you understand the situation, conflict, root causes, and main players, you can implement sustainable conservation programs while being conflict-sensitive.

Danny describes his experience at CI as full of learning.  He notes that “it’s been really eye-opening to be in an organization that’s so well-established in what it does and in the field” and has enjoyed collaborating with people who are influential in the environmental conservation world.  Since starting at CI, Danny has realized how connected everything is: “It’s no longer just about environmental conservation – you can’t really think about environmental conservation without thinking about gender, equality, capacity development, infrastructural growth, the economy, international development…  These things are no longer separate for me and they never will be.”

Danny took a leap of faith after his first semester at MIIS and decided to enroll in the 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Program despite being totally new to the subject matter.  This experience opened his eyes to the opportunities out there surrounding environmental peacebuilding.  Some of the courses at MIIS that prepared him for his current work include Organizational Sustainability with Professor Ortiz and Human Security and Development with Professor Laurance.  Danny encourages current MIIS students to explore different and intriguing things they’re curious about but don’t necessarily have experience in (like the Summer Peacebuilding Program for him).  Danny got to his current position by really putting himself out there to explore and understand different parts of international development and to figure out what he didn’t want to do.  In his role now, he enjoys what he’s doing so much it doesn’t even feel like work.

For a glimpse into the work of Conservation International, check out their Nature is Speaking advertising campaign.

Friday, March 11th, 2016

IEP student Whitney Berry to present on behalf of the International Union for Conservation of Nature


This April, International Environmental Policy student and IPSS fellow Whitney Berry will be presenting at a Geneva workshop titled, “The Application of Genomic Tools for Benthic Monitoring of the Marine Environment: From Technology to Legal and Socio-Economical Aspects.”   She will be giving a presentation at the Natural History Museum in Geneva on behalf of the IUCN, the organization she is working with as an IPSS fellow.  The workshop is sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Geneva.

More About the Workshop

Rapidly increasing impacts of industrial activities on marine biodiversity strongly affects marine ecosystem health and services. Yet, the growing demand for measuring and mitigating these impacts can hardly be satisfied by classical monitoring based on morphological species identification. New genomic tools based on analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) could potentially overcome these limitations, but their application for biomonitoring is still very limited. The main objective of the workshop is to examine the effectiveness of eDNA method for seabed monitoring from ecological, legal and socio-economic perspectives. The workshop will discuss the need to modify regulatory requirements and legal instruments for incorporating eDNA data into biotic indices. The participants will also learn about the advantages and challenges of using the eDNA to explore biodiversity and valuing ecosystem services. The event will bring together molecular biologists, ecologists, environmental managers and policy makers interested in integrating genomic tools in environmental impact assessment of industrial activities in marine environment.


Check out Whitney’s blog for a firsthand account of her experiences as an IPSS fellow at the IUCN.

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Reminder: Apply for IPSS 2017 by March 31st

IPSS 2017! (1)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

MIIS Cyber Initiative Faculty, Students Featured in Monterey County Weekly

The Monterey County Weekly recently published an article on the MIIS Cyber Initiative. Check it out here!

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation


Application Deadline: May 16, 2016

Symposium Dates: July 23-August 13

Location: Bologna, Italy

Description: New types of conflict challenge classic methods of conflict management and resolution. Collapsed and fragile states, autonomous networks of illegal activities, the speed of information, and extremist revolutionary movements are all part of the complex conflict kaleidoscope that must be addressed by the contemporary peacebuilder.

As a modern peace leader you will need a toolkit of essential practical skills, but also appropriate strategies based on a novel understanding of how civil society interacts with security reform, statebuilding, religious establishment, community, and bottom-up institutions. At the 2016 Bologna Symposium, you will go through an intensive training process with the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates who will challenge you to tackle this century’s most pressing issues.

As a participant, you receive an IPSI Post-Graduate Certificate in “International Conflict Management” upon successful completion of the course.  If you choose to undertake additional rigorous assignments you will earn an IPSI Post-Graduate Certificate in “International Conflict Management with Distinction.”  In addition, you may decide to apply to earn graduate-level MA course credit from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), one of the world’s premier graduate schools for international affairs.

Eligibility: Conflict resolution professionals, peacebuilding practitioners, negotiation students, human rights advocates.  Those with stellar academic and/or professional achievement, proven interest in peace & security, a record of leadership positions in community affairs, experience in/with government agencies, military service, and/or demonstrated ability in undertaking social entrepreneurship ventures.

Scholarship: Partial financial aid for MIIS alumni and students (-500 USD)

Standard applicants will be informed of acceptance on a rolling basis, in most cases within two weeks of submitting their applications (acceptances are merit-based and spots are limited).

Fee / Costs: 4000 USD

How to apply:

Official Website:



Thursday, February 25th, 2016

IPSS Info Session

Interested in an International Professional Service Semester for spring 2017?  Not sure if you’re interested?  Come learn more about IPSS logistics, opportunities, and application deadlines at the info session on Thursday, March 3rd from 12 to 1 pm in Morse B105.  IEP, DPP, and NPTS students are eligible to apply.

IPSS Info Session (3)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

New Field Research Course in China

In this proposed course, students will conduct academic research to explore the topics of trade, diplomacy, and development in China.  The field research component of the course will run from June 7th to June 28th, 2016.  Students will have the option to stay in China for another two weeks if they wish to conduct more field research on their own.

More Details

During the spring 2016 semester, students from both MIIS and Middlebury will work with three professors to develop project ideas and to design appropriate research methodologies with assistance from the Meta Lab at MIIS.  In June, the group will travel to Beijing, where top scholars will workshop their research ideas.  The group will then travel to research sites in teams consisting of at least one professor and a team of MIIS and Middlebury students.  Interpreters from the MIIS Translation and Interpretation (T&I) program will travel with each team to assist with language.  At each site, the team will conduct fieldwork using the methodologies developed on campus.  Students will have the option of incorporating their original research into an independent study project or Master’s thesis upon their return to campus in fall 2016.

Requirements & Expectations

  • No language requirement, although some Mandarin would be helpful
  • Spring 2016: a two-hour/week independent study section with Professor Lewis (this doesn’t have to be for credit, but does require participation)

You Will Learn

  • Research design
  • Methodologies like surveys, interviews, statistical modeling, archival research, etc.
  • How to conduct research in the field, including adapting to field conditions and challenges
  • Chinese language skills (with help from the T&I students)
  • How to analyze the research you collect in the field
  • How to write academic articles for publication based on your fieldwork findings


The program cost of $2,000 will include instructions, guest lectures, lodging, 2 meals per day, and field trip bus rental. It does NOT include airfare to China, local transportation, domestic travel, dinners, visa fee, or additional costs for extended stay.

How to Apply

Interested students should submit an unofficial transcript, C.V. and a one-page essay explaining why you would like to take the course, your goals for the experience, and the particular strengths, interests, and experiences you would bring to the course.  Please submit the application materials to Professor Liang ( by FEBRUARY 29th For additional information, please contact Professor Liang or Professor Lewis (

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

D.C. Online Summer Internship Fair

dc career fairDon’t miss your opportunity to participate in the 2016 Online DC Summer Internship Fair and connect directly with employers in government, public policy, international affairs, communications, and philanthropy. This event is great for those exploring opportunities in Washington DC.  The event will take place on March 1, 2016 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Notable Conferences & Upcoming Events

conference pins
We wanted to make sure that you knew about these interesting conferences and events happening soon. They are all great opportunities for learning and networking. Please see the links and descriptions below. To those students interested, please apply for conference funding soon!


March 9-11, Confluence Philanthropy – Cambridge, MA


Confluence Philanthropy’s Annual Practitioners’ Gathering is a three-day conference for current members of the Practitioners’ and Advisors programs, prospective members, and invited guests. Confluence Practitioners are grantmakers practicing mission-aligned investing, also known as impact-investing. Advisors Members represent the top investment managers and advisors in impact-investing today. Attendees are committed to building the field through strategic thinking and collaboration. It is not intended to serve as a marketplace for impact-investing. Sessions are led by funder-practitioners, investment experts, and other thought leaders.


March 14, Women Effect Gathering – Boston, MA


Women Effect are co-hosting several events for members and prospective members.


March 23, RSF Community Reception – Washington, DC


You’re invited to join RSF for a fun and engaging evening in Washington, DC. Meet RSF staff, investors, borrowers, and others in the community while enjoying local fare and drinks at Union Kitchen: Ivy City. The reception follows a quarterly RSF Pricing Meeting. These meetings are an opportunity for representatives of all three stakeholders in the RSF Social Investment Fund—investors, borrowers, and RSF staff—to meet each other, discuss their needs and goals, and make recommendations for RSF’s next quarter interest rates. This will be a perfect opportunity to engage with our wider community.


March 30 – April 1, National Food Hub Conference – Atlanta, GA


This year the theme for the conference is “Maintaining Values While Building Value.”

Conference tracks include:

  • Mitigating Risk
  • Money: Financing and Finances
  • Maintaining Values
  • Growth and Efficiencies
  • Cutting Edge Hub Models
  • Core Hub Functions
  • Value Chain Facilitation / Value Chain Coordination


April 14-17, SVN Spring Conference – San Diego, CA


For 29-years, high-impact business leaders, social entrepreneurs and impact investors have convened at SVN conferences to have real conversations with values-aligned peers. Our unique conference experience creates a space where the true challenges of leading a mission-driven organization can be addressed, and where long-time SVN members and first-time attendees find the people, resources and ideas they need to succeed and grow.


April 14-17, True Cost of American Food – San Francisco, CA


This conference will bring together up to 700 leaders and interested citizens to address one of the most critical barriers currently preventing sustainable food systems becoming mainstream – the failure to recognize the true costs of producing food in different ways.


April 22: GWC Peace Conference – Huntington Beach, CA


The 2016 Peace Conference is a shared inquiry into a way of life that embodies underlying human values of compassion, care, generosity, and trust. Amid global challenges of the 21st century, the conference advocates that everyday people can redefine the narrative and recognize their vital role in shaping our world– simply by “being the change they wish to see” to create communities that are just, compassionate, and sustainable.


May 10-12: Mission Investors Exchange Conference – Baltimore, MD


The conference will be headlined by leading foundation presidents and CEOs, including Patrick McCarthy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Darren Walker of Ford Foundation, Clara Miller of Heron, Rip Rapson of  The Kresge Foundation, and Julia Stasch of The MacArthur Foundation. Seizing the Momentum is a call to action for the impact investing community to take advantage of the latest investment opportunities and innovations that can make real progress in solving intractable problems.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Impact Investing for Global Sustainability

Are you interested in impact investing? Would you like to learn how it  can contribute to solving global sustainability problems? Come join us to hear Ricardo Bayon speak on how this can be done!
What: The Role of Impact Investing in Solving Global Sustainability Problems
When: February 24 6pm-7:30pm
Where: McGowan 102
Ricardo Bayon is a partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. He leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. In addition, prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a website and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets.
For more information about other speakers and events regarding sustainability please visit

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

MIIS Alum Julia Belliard Featured in “The Californian” Article

Julia Belliard MPA ’05 has become the a point person for human resources related information in the California agricultural sector through her position as executive director of the Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA).

Take a look at this article in which she shares her journey from Belarus to MIIS and beyond.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Announcing Sarah Meek Travel Grant for Research in Africa

africa-151640_1280Up to four travel grants of $1,500 each will be awarded to MIIS students conducting research on social change in Africa. The research can be either independent or part of established immersive learning program such as IPSS, DPMI+ or Frontier Market Scouts. The research must be conducted in Africa for a duration of 3-4 months or more.

To receive this grant, students must submit a research design that focuses on a social condition in Africa of the applicant’s choosing; e.g., poverty, environment, crime, armed violence, gender equality, conflict, disease, education, refugees, etc., with the goal of making policy/program recommendations that can change that condition.

The application must include the following elements:

1)      A two-page statement that includes a complete research design, to include a preliminary literature review that shows a need for this research; the who, what, where, and how of the project and its potential impact on the social condition. A description of the deliverable and plan for presenting it back to the MIIS community should be included in this statement. A timeline and preliminary budget should be attached as separate documents.

2)      A letter of support from an organization which is hosting or assisting you with your project.

Send applications via email to Jennifer Hambleton-Holguin at by no later than March 1st. A committee of faculty judges will evaluate all applications and determine the recipients of the award by March 15th. Awards will be given as reimbursement for travel to Africa.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the eligibility of your planned research for this award, please make an appointment with Jennifer via Zócalo. She can also forward a sample application from last year to those interested.

These awards are made possible by a continuing donation from the family of Sarah Meek, a MIIS alum of 1996 whose life was cut short while working to improve social conditions in Africa.

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Join Prof. Olsen for ‘Emerging Discipline of Impact Accounting and Management’

sara olsen

Are you interested in social impact, social investing, stakeholder assessment, and/or environmental impact assessment? Would you like to pursue a professional certification in ‘Introduction to Analysis of Social Impact’? Why not bolster your knowledge of these topics in a course taught by a leading professional in the field?

Join Professor Sara Olsen in the three credit course MBAG 8616 Emerging Discipline of Impact Accounting and Management. The course is open with no pre-requisites, and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm throughout the entire term, starting February 10th.

The course will provide students with an overall framework within which to understand the social/environmental impact of any enterprise, and will then equip students with a practical toolkit. This toolkit can be applied to any entity to gauge its impact, and to manage impact as a strategic asset and/or risk factor.

In addition to other topics, Professor Olsen will cover content to prepare you to sit for an optional professional certification in ‘Introduction to Analysis of Social Impact’, awarded by Social Value International (SVI). Pursuing the optional certification requires an exam fee of $100.

Register for MBAG 8616 Emerging Discipline of Impact Accounting and Management today!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

IPSS, IONP, DPMI Plus, IEM Practicum, FMS, and Student Exchange Placements for 2016 Announced

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 3.27.24 PMFor spring 2016, a total of 61 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey students will participate in our distinguished semester long immersive learning programs, to be placed around the country and the globe. Domestically, students are as close as the San Francisco Bay area and as far away as Washington, D.C. Internationally, they are spread across five continents.

Programs include the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS), the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (IONP), DPMI Plus, the International Education Management (IEM) Practicum , the Student Exchange Program, and the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) Program.

Below is a list of current participants, their organizations, and their locations.


International Professional Service Semester (IPSS)




Shen Li WTO Geneva, Switzerland
Melis Okter CA Sea Grant: Coastal Commission San Francisco, CA
Jennifer Adams State Dept. ASST SEC, OCEANS & INT L ENVIR  & SCI AFFS and Montery Bay Aquarium Policy Division Washington, D.C.
Emma Tonge NOAA Oakland, CA
Mairi MacEachern UNGC Network office Toronto, Canada
Whitney Berry IUCN Geneva, Switzerland
Zachary Foco FAO Rome, Italy
Marina Binsack San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Sacramento, CA
Sophia Kirschenman Conservation International Social Policy and Practice Division Washington, D.C.
Thomas Stagg NOLS Patagonia Chile
Jamie Stanton UNIDIR Geneva, Switzerland
Elin Orre UNODA CAB New York, NY
Hussain Alhowaidi UN Office at Geneva: Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit Geneva, Switzerland
Margaret Coleman US State Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy, and
Washington, D.C.
Daniel Pavitt Conservation International Peace and Development Partnerships Washington, D.C.
Miranda Salinas Alliance for Peacebuilding Washington, D.C.
Li Ma Stimson Center Washington, D.C.
Kathleen Lucitt IRS Criminal Investigations Branch (International Operations division) Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Gentle IUCN SEE Belgrade, Serbia
Jenny Cho Council on Foreign Relations Washington, D.C.
Phil Goldstein Department of Defense/Pentagon Washington, D.C.
Emily Summerlin San Francisco Business Council on Climate Change San Francisco, CA

International Organizations and   Nonproliferation Program (IONP)




Hussein Alhowaidi United Nations
Implementation Support Unit of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (BWC)
Geneva, Switzerland
Geraldine Mande United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) New York, NY
Satomi Tamura United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD) Geneva, Switzerland
Irene Yu Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Vienna, Austria





Judie Henderson Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) Rwanda
Laura Preston Peace Corps Cameroon
Madison Shepard SHE-CAN Mill Valley, CA
Sophie Dresser OneVillage Partners Sierra Leone
Jeanine Willig Social Impact Washington, D.C.
Alina Aslanian International Organization for Migration Bangkok, Thailand
Sonia Esquibel Catholic Relief Services Zambia
Karla Gregorio Program Fellow Oakland, CA
Susan Asselin Peace Corps Senegal
Alcide Guillory III GSIPM Immersive Learning Team Monterey, CA
Julia Meli International Organization for Migration or Search for Common Ground Middle East and North Africa
Tom  Ford Peace Corps Nicaragua
Amanda Kruse

Peace Corps

Burkina Faso

International Education Management (IEM) Practicum




Kaela Conroy Brown University – Office of International Programs Providence, RI
Tessa Fancher Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
Maria Gleason-Maddox University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Center for Global Education Madison, WI
Michelle Gloster PLUS Education U.S. Corp USA
Talia Gottlieb Pearson College UWC Canada
Emily Greenblatt Intercultural Communication Institute  Portland
Alcide Guillory III GSIPM Immersive Learning Team Monterey, CA
Courtney Jackson American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) Bethesda, MD
Sydney McLoughlin  To be determined
Peter Seilheimer California State University at Monterey Bay Monterey, CA
Abbey Wallace CIEE Portland, ME

Student Exchange Programs




Jordan Fernandez Middlebury Schools Abroad Amman, Jordan
Janet Addoh Middlebury Schools Abroad Madrid, Spain
Eli Hatch Waseda University Tokyo, Japan

Frontier Market Scouts (FMS)




Julianne Scott Pulsera Project Granada, Nicaragua
Tony Chow  To be determined
Angelina Skowronski  To be determined
Ben Grimmig  To be determined
Clover van Steenberghe  To be determined
Kenji Tabery  To be determined
Nenneya Shields  To be determined
Sherry Sybertz  To be determined

Best of luck to all of you!!!

Friday, January 29th, 2016

MIIS CBE research findings cited in ‘Washington Post’ and ‘The State’ articles on Atlantic offshore drilling

This Wednesday 50 coastal leaders lobbied in opposition of offshore drilling exploration plans proposed by the Obama Administration. Data from a Middlebury Institute Center for the Blue Economy report was used in support of the importance of the ocean ecosystem to the local local economy and cited in national media last month.

View full story in ‘The State’.
View full story in ‘Washington Post’

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

What can language assessment data tell us?

What does language assessment data tell us?

Lift language proficiency through data collection and intentionally planned instruction

When: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm

Where: Design Space, DLC
Kevin Chang


Objectives of the Workshop:

  • Gain knowledge of ACTFL proficiency guidelines
  • Gain strategies for collecting assessment data
  • Plan purposeful instructional strategies to improve focused areas identified through assessment

With over twelve years of service as Chinese immersion teacher and Lower School Director, Kevin Chang now heads the Chinese faculty as Chinese Program Director at Chinese American International School (CAIS) in San Francisco. Mr. Chang’s work in Chinese as a foreign language education has included leading the Hanban-NAIS Acculturation Training for visiting teachers in 2007 and 2008 and mentoring a variety of Chinese language teachers between 2006 and 2012. His presentations on topics on Chinese curricular and instructional strategies at different events hosted by NAIS, NCLC, and The Chinese Education Conference have helped spur the growth of Chinese education around the country. Today, Kevin Chang oversees a long-term Chinese immersion curriculum development project, leads a Chinese faculty of over 30 teachers, and plays an integral role of providing quality Chinese education at CAIS.

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Seeking Nominations for Monterey County Outstanding Women

The Monterey Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for its 2016 Outstanding Women of Monterey County awards. Honor Monterey County’s outstanding women by nominating someone who has significantly improved the lives of others, and the adversity they overcame. The 2016 awards will be presented March 20th at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Nomination forms are available at the Monterey Commission on the Status of Women’s website in both Spanish and English.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

J-term in Chile, Peru, Rwanda, Nepal, and Spain

For J-term 2016, we had 70 students travel to  Chile, Rwanda, Peru, Nepal, and Spain.

Team ChileConner Anderson, who is on the Chile Practicum on human rights and Chile’s vulnerable populations, sent me the following photo of his cohort (to the left).

In their first three days in Chile, 23 Middlebury Institute student delegates have had the pleasure to meet with several Chilean champions of human rights, including politicians, professors, judges, community activists, everyday citizens, all working to make progress in this time of transition for Chile, but not at the expense of forgetting the injustices of the past.

Conner Anderson wrote the following about his journey so far, “We have been learning about the human rights violations under the dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile. But what has had such impact is that these aren’t just theories and stories, these are the emotions, the actions, and the lives of those that not only were impacted by the injustices, but are also those fighting to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.”  Conner also wrote about one of the most impactful interactions the students have had so far was with Gabriella Zuñiga, a wife of a Disappeared, who told the student delegates, “To remember is to pass it again through your heart.”


Melissa Hewitt, who is currently attending the cultural immersion portion of Design, Partnering, Managing, and Innovation(DPMI) training at Partners in Health Rwanda, wrote, “Our trip to Rwanda has been inspirational and an incredible learning experience. We have been able to see and experience the transformation the country is currently undergoing. I feel that the lessons I am learning will stay with me and influence me for years to come.”  Ayako Yamada, also participating in DPMI Rwanda, wrote, “Before coming to Rwanda, even with the pre-assigned readings, I was blown away with how little I knew about Rwanda. All I knew was about the genocide and I’ve learned that Rwanda has been a successful country in slowing down the spread of HIV and managing it.  But I didn’t know as much about ICT and gender equality.  It has shown me how little I was paying attention to Africa.”

Stay tuned for more comments from Nepal, Peru, and Spain!



Monday, January 4th, 2016

Call for Submissions for the Center for Conflict Studies Annual Reflections Magazine

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 10.44.35 AM

CCS Director, Dr. Pushpa Iyer

As described on the Center for Conflict Studies website, “the theme of this year’s Reflections magazine is race and conflict.  CCS seeks to discuss race as more than color, but rather as power, privilege, identities, and discrimination tied to shades of color and the role that this plays in conflict around the world.  In recognizing that the resolution of race based conflicts requires a long term strategic approach, we seek to understand the potential that we have in transforming race conflicts to better relationships and communications between human beings, improve equality and provide social justice in every society.”

Reflections magazine with include: Opinion, People, Art, Culture, Field Musings, and Film and Book Reviews.

If interested please consult CCS Director, Dr. Pushpa Iyer (  Submissions should be between 1,000-1500 words and include at least 2 pictures.  Submissions are due by February 15, 2016.

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Internship advice from former IPSS and DPMI Plus Fellows

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 10.33.30 AMIPPSers and DPMI Plusers will soon begin a new adventure at their internships in Geneva, Washington D.C, New York City, San Francisco, Chile, and Zambia.  These respective internships are essentially an audition for work at UNHCR, the State Department, the Peace Corps, Catholic Relief Services, the IAEA, and/or the IUCN to name a few.

As this years fellows are not the first to embark on such an adventure, we would like to share advice from last years cohort.

Last year, we asked fellows, what challenges did you experience that MIIS didn’t really prepare you for?

IPSS and DPMI Plus Fellows mentioned the following challenges:Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.16.29 PM

-email chains with over 10 cc’ed co-workers and navigating who to cc on which email.

-saying yes to everything and taking on too much

-social media management

-not being assertive about project selection

How can IPSS and DPMI Plus fellows mitigate these challenges?

IPSS and DPMI Plus 2015 fellows offered the following suggestions:

  1. Have a strong backbone
  2. Stay organized
  3. Keep an open mind
  4. Don’t take on too much
  5. Manage your expectations
  6. Be creative and come up with an innovative project proposal
  7. Remember that knowledge gained at MIIS is not the end-point
  8. Learn office culture and adjust your style accordingly
  9. Send an introductory email with a list of your skills and interests
  10. Nurture relationships.

Forbes, LinkedIn, and TED also have a number of recommendations:

  1. Ten ways interns can create a great first impression
  2. TED Talk with Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are 
  3. The ultimate intern to-do list 
  4. 6 simple steps to make a good first impression 


« Previous PageNext Page »