Student Stories and Projects

Allyson Rimmer, NPTS ’18

Stimson Center, South Asia

Anna Rasmussen MPA ’14

The World Bank Group

Anthony Sisneroz, NPTS ’15

Independent Practica

Arti Dhar, MBA ’19

Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Summer Internship

Ashley Gauer, IEM/MPA ’17

DPMI Client Project with Grameen Foundation, 2017

Benjamin (Ben) Playfair, IPD ’18

DPMI Client Project, Grameen Foundation Spring Break, 2017

Brandon Huck, ITED ’16

ITED Washinton DC Semester & U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA)

Caitlin Jamison, NPTS ’18

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Carlos Henri Ferre, IEP ’19

Directed Study Ben and I went to Mendoza to investigate environmentally practices in conventional, organic, and biodynamic winemaking. We also investigated trade relations with the United States. Upon touring wineries, we learned about their environmental practices, how much easier it is to be environmentally conscious the smaller you are, and how the market for organic… Continue reading Carlos Henri Ferre, IEP ’19

Castelline Tilus, IPD ’18

U.S. Department of State

Chelsea Lavallee, IEM/MPA ’18

 DPMI Client Project with Root Change over the Spring Break ’17

Chere Watson, IPST ’17

DPMI Plus with HUMAN-I-T, Long Beach, CA 

Christian Ciobanu, NPTS ’17

The League of Arab States, Office of the Permanent Observer to the United Nations, NY

Christina Lee, IEM/MPA ’18

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION INSTITUTE For my practicum, I have traveled to Portland, Oregon to work with a non-profit organization called the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI). This organization focuses on helping people learn how to work across cultural difference by providing the tools, and knowledge to help participants build skills necessary for them to effectively work in… Continue reading Christina Lee, IEM/MPA ’18

Courtney Connor, NPTS ’18

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Internship Summer 2017

Courtney Connor, NPTS ’18

Internship with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center

Group picture of Girls Inc organization at Monterey High including MIIS Student Jordyn Dezago.

Cultivating Leadership in Young Women at Monterey High [Jordyn Dezago MPA/IEM ’23]

Jordyn Dezago describes her mentoring work in the Girls Inc group at Monterey High. She accounts her connection and passion with education and community uplifting. Within this article, Jordyn shares an encouraging moment on the impact of mentorship with youth. … Continue reading Cultivating Leadership in Young Women at Monterey High [Jordyn Dezago MPA/IEM ’23]

Daniele Elizaire, MPA ’17

IPSS with UN Women, New York 

Ekshana Karki Chhetri, MPA ’18

World Learning, Washington, D.C.

Elea Becker Lowe, IEP ’18

California Natural Resources Agency Internship Sacramento, CA

Ella McDougall, IEP ’19


Emily Bastian, IEM ’18

Student-Athletes Abroad

Emily Greenblatt, IEM ’16

Intercultural Communication Institute

Erin Lannon, IEP ’19

Urban Tree Canopy Project, Santa Cruz

Gabriela Dominguez Cardenas, TI ’19

Summer Internship at Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County

Gilia Lolli Ceroni, NPTS ’18

Internship at the United Nations – Conventional Arms Branch

Gina Pham, MPA ’19

CHILDREN AT RISK, Houston, Texas

Giulia Zoppolat, MPA ’17

MPA Practicum with National Women’s Political Caucus, Monterey

Haedong Yeo, TLM ’19

Donnelley Language Solutions Internship

Hanna Mata, TI ’19

Bolshoi Ballet Academy & Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital Summer Internship

Irene Wang, IPD ’18

Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Oakland

Jake Reckford, IEM ’17

IEM Practicum with AIRC, 2017

Jared Young, NPTS ’18

Summer Intern, Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies

Jenna Hudson, IPD ’19

Search for Common Ground Summer Internship

Jenna Hudson, IPD ’19

NAMATI As the Global Programs Fellow at Namati, I was fortunate to witness a kind of organizational team that I think is very important and should be incorporated into more international development organizations. During my time, my work varied, but generally focused on providing support across programs, using data to inform strategy, facilitating learning, and… Continue reading Jenna Hudson, IPD ’19

Jennifer Scott, IEP ’16

Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) Washington DC, 2016

Jillian Marie Torres, IPD ’18

Intern, UN Women Summer 2017

Jonathan Fain, IPD ’18

Internship with Mercy Corps Summer 2017

Julia Lipkis, IPD ’18

 International Rescue Committee

Karla Piacentini, IEM/MPA ’17

The Foundation for Sustainable Development, Oakland, CA

Katie Lampe, IPD ’16

International Rescue Committee, San Jose, CA 

Kelly Miller, IEP ’18

San Francisco Estuary Partnership, Oakland, CA 6/10/2017 – 8/04/2017

Kelly Zuniga, IEM ’15

NAFSA Region XII Conference

Kenji Tabery, IEP ’16

Habit Summit, Standford University

Kimani DeShields-Williams, IPD ’18

DPMI Client Project with FHI 360 over Spring Break, 2017

Lama Ranjous, IPD ’18

UN SDSN Youth, Climate Action Network & UN MGCY Internship Summer 2017

Lama Ranjous, IPD ’18 IPSS Internship

Laura Schroeder, IPD ’18

Research Fellow, The Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Laura Schroeder, IPD ’18

IPSS at InterAction, Washington, D.C.

Leo Ayala, ITED ’17

Intern, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Summer 2017

Lieselotte Siegenthaler, NPTS ’17

Summer Intern, Center for Climate Security (CCS)

Lisa Sandoval, MPA ’18

Communities for a Sustainable Monterey County (CSMC) Internship Summer 2017

Lisa Sandoval, MPA ’18

Intern, Communities for a Sustainable Monterey County (CSMC) Summer 2017

Luciane Coletti, IEP ’18

Conservation International

Mary Chen, NPTS ’19

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Summer Internship

Matthew Coomer, IEP ’17

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Marine Debris Division Location Seattle, WA

Maxwell Petersen, NPTS ’17

IPSS with Atlantic Council, DC 

McKenna Hughes, IEM ’17

Cultural Training Abroad, Directed Study at MIIS

Megan Gularte, NPTS ’18

Intern, United States State Department, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Summer 2017

Meng Yuan, CI/TLM ’20

Languageline Solutions Summer Internship

Meredith Rupp, IPD ’17

Greenbelt Alliance, San Jose, CA, USA

Meri Kajaia, IPD ’18

Permanent Mission of Georgia to the UN

Mikki Franklin, NPTS ’18

Combating Terrorism Center, West Point

Mitchell Leong, NPTS ’19

DEA Financial Investigations Team Summer Internship

Molly Shane, IEP ’18

WildAid Marine, San Francisco

Nasema Zeerak, IPD ’18

International Rescue Committee

Nasema Zeerak, MPA ’18

Internship at the United Nations Population Fund

Raquel Friedmann, IEP ’19

Amigos de Bolsa Chica Summer Internship

Rebecca Richey, IEM ’17

Performing Arts Abroad

Sarah Kaster, NPTS ’19

START (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) & US Department of State

Seo-Young Jun, TLM ’18

Intern, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) Summer 2017

Shayna Trujillo, IEM ’17

The Diversity Abroad Network

Shirin Khan, NPTS ’17

IPSS with Atlantic Council, DC

Stephanie Villalobos, IPD ’18

William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, Washington, D.C.

Steven Perle, IPD ’17

IPSS with The International Rescue Committee (IRC), Sacramento

Tangut Degfay, IDP ’18

 DPMI Monterey Winter 2017

Up to Ears with Localization Work [Yan Ning, TLM ’20]

Yan Ning describes her internship at local localization company, Translation by Design (TBD). She weighs the challenges and growth of her career from this experience. She concludes the article with tips for MIIS TLM students with the internship experience. … Continue reading Up to Ears with Localization Work [Yan Ning, TLM ’20]

William (Billy) Holness, IEP ’17

UN Environment – North America Office

Xinyi Chen, IPD ’19

International Rescue Committee

Yana Shkabrova, CI ’19

Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Internship

Yijun Wang, IEM ’17

California State University San Marcos – Office of Global Education

Zilin Zheng, IEM 2017

University of Washington