The Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey is an academic community committed to preparing innovative professionals to provide leadership in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. Middlebury Institute learners are problem solvers and process masters, building sustainable, equitable solutions for a global community through an interdisciplinary blend of business, policy, and language.
Because some MIIS students graduate with limited professional experience, they create many of their own learning opportunities through stretch work. Meaning, students engage in self-directed learning and new skill development. Even after graduation students will always need to add skills and knowledge, on their own, to progress in their chosen career.
Stretch work incorporates the use of:
- Online Courses
- Career Tools
- DLC Training
- Local Professional Experience
Here is how it works. First, you and your adviser meet to discuss your needs. Then, you discuss the type of learning opportunities that are available for you to achieve your learning objectives. There will be a wide spectrum of such opportunities, to include working with a local nonprofit for the semester, taking relevant and independently certified online courses, attending specialized training, completing a research project for a think tank, and so on. This is not to be confused with a Directed Study. This is independent study that adds to your preparation for your chosen career field. Finally, decide how best to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcomes in your plan.