Tag Archives: Government, Law and Policy

First-Years & Sophomores: Need Help Thinking About Planning Your Next Semester?

As Fall registration approaches, this workshop is timed perfectly to allow you to create a vision for how you want to spend Fall 2021. Gathering your thoughts, ideas and aspirations to create a vision for the upcoming semester. Think about what courses you want to take, activities you want to be involved in, or research you might do. What fun things do you want to do? What goals do you have for the semester? Prompts like these will help you design a vision board for the upcoming semester.

This program is designed for First Years and Sophomore Febs, but all students are welcome. This program is co-sponsored by Blueprint and the Center for Careers and Internships.

Watson Fellowship Webinar, Wed. May 12–

Join the Watson Fellowship Webinar on Wednesday, May 12th, from 3 PM to 4 PM ET. Watson Fellows David Johnson ’19 and Sophia Zupanc ’19 will be joining as guest speakers. 

The Watson Fellowship provides a year of self-directed exploration following graduation. Nomination applications will be due to the Middlebury Fellowships office in mid- September. 

To learn more about the Watson, visit go/watson and the Watson Leadership page here. Register for the webinar here.

Insights from the Field: Graduate Student Perspectives on Starting a Career in Translation and Localization Management

Come learn from a panel of graduate students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) about what it’s like to specifically study translation. Bring your questions, and be ready for the group to discuss topics like why they attended grad school, what skills are they developing and how they want to use their degree. Open to all students. Click HERE to register in Handshake and get the Zoom link.

Here are the panelists for Thursday, May 6 at 11 am EST:

Elizabeth Hawkes is an M.A. candidate in Translation and Localization Management with a specialization in Russian-English translation. During her studies, she completed a Localization Program Management internship at Facebook and is currently the chapter manager of the first student chapter of Women in Localization. As a translator, she has completed projects for Monterey-area start-ups and is currently working on sociological surveys for the Moscow-based Levada Center. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in International Studies and Russian from the University of Denver in Denver, CO. When she is not translating, she is likely pestering her two cats, Hodor and Meatball.

Caitlin Quiat (she/they) is a second year TLM (Localization specialization) student at MIIS. Their pair languages are Japanese and English. They have always been interested in cultural exchange and gaining knowledge about different communities around the world, which manifested in them majoring in East Asian Studies at Oberlin College, and participating in the JET Program for two years. In their spare time, you can find them embroidering, baking, singing to themself, or playing video games.

Autumn Smith is pursuing a Translation and Localization Management MA with a Localization specialization and her language of study is Japanese. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Autumn completed her undergraduate degree in Japanese and East Asian Studies. After graduation, she worked as an Assistant Language teacher for JET for 1 year and proceeded to work as a Community Manager for Japanese hospitality company, Cafe Company, for 2 years. While working at Cafe Company, she collaborated with a Japanese audio guide start-up, ON THE TRIP, where she currently works as a Freelance English Team Manager. She spent her summer working as a Localization Program Management intern at Facebook exploring product cross-functional localization workflow optimization and will be returning as a full-time LPM following graduation. During the school year, she is very involved in creating a new immersive learning experience initiative dubbed, CampLoc. This experience aims to give students of localization an opportunity to interact in a more hands-on way with key players and companies in the localization industry.  In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, cafe hopping, hiking, and binging her latest shows with friends.

Jamie Chu studies Translation and Localization Management with a specialization in Management at MIIS. She earned her BA in Economics with a minor in Asian Languages from UCLA, and went on to receive her MA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania. Before attending MIIS, she lived and worked in Beijing and San Francisco managing a variety of international projects. Currently, she is an Associate Program Manager at Salesforce, and a co-founder/avid volunteer for many localization initiatives, including CampLoc, GlobalSaké, and Women in Localization. When she can, she sleeps, eats, and plays fetch with her high-maintenance Sheltie, Milo.

This is the final of four events this spring in a series of events about graduate school.

The series is a collaboration between the Center for Careers and Internships, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs’ Student Advisory Board, the Model UN club at Middlebury, and the Student Council at MIIS.

Two New MIDDVantage Episodes This Week On: Multi-Lateral Institutions in Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and Behavioral Tools for Global Energy Efficiency

We are excited to share our next TWO MIDDVantage episodes:

Exploring Careers Global Security- Multi-Lateral Institutions in Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation with our guest, Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova ’07 MIIS, Director IONP at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

Check out the latest episode (47 minutes) and keep an eye out for new episodes each week.



Exploring Careers in the Green Economy- Green with Envy: Behavioral Tools for Global Energy Efficiency with our guest Kira Ashby ’05, Senior Program Manager – Behavior; National Expert IEA, CEE.

Check out the latest episode (23 minutes) and keep an eye out for new episodes each week.

Preparing for your Summer Internship!

How do you prepare for your internship and get the most from your summer experience? Come listen to a facilitated conversation as Middlebury students offer their best tips and advice for crushing your internship. There will be time for your questions as well.

Be the unforgettable intern. Make an impact. Make the most of your experience.

Making the Most of your Internship: Middlebury Students Share Lessons Learned!
Monday, April 26, 5:00-6:00 pm
RSVP here!

Brought to you by Blueprint and the Center for Careers and Internships.

Insights from the Field: A Graduate Student Perspective on Starting a Career in Nonproliferation Studies and Terrorism Studies

Come learn from a panel of graduate students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) about what it’s like to specifically study NPTS. Bring your questions, and be ready for the group to discuss topics like why they attended grad school, what skills are they developing and how they want to use their degree. Open to all students. Click HERE to register in Handshake and get the Zoom link.

Here are the panelists for Wednesday, April 28 at 7 pm EST:

ELLE ZESKY is a second semester NPTS student from Syracuse New York. She is also perusing the Financial Crime specialization and serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Cyber Collaborative. Elle’s background includes working in cyber security, information technology, data science, counter human trafficking and intelligence. Elle is passionate about accessible cyber education, blockchain technology, cyber capacity building and countering disinformation, radicalization and extremism online.

CYRUS JABBARI is currently working at Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER) as a Technical Analyst, assigned to the Pentagon within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). His work includes supporting and briefing the acting Under Secretary and the acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, performing data analytics on DoD research, development, test, and evaluation, and developing new tools for analysis and implementation of DoD Modernization Priorities. He is a recent graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), having attained an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and advanced language training in Persian (Farsi). He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Mr. Jabbari has worked at organizations including the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of State, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United Nations Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch, and the Congressional Research Service.

BEN MATTERN is in his final semester at the Middlebury Institute studying Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) with a specialization in Financial Crime Management. His research at the Institute focuses on counter threat financing and Russian financial crime with particular emphasis on cryptocurrency and other emerging technologies. Ben currently works for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and volunteers with CipherTrace’s Defenders League conducting crypto asset recovery investigations. Before coming to the Institute, Ben completed his undergraduate studies at Lehigh University and worked for a financial technology company in Moscow and New York City, where he was responsible for sales and strategic partnerships in the eastern United States.

RAYNA ROGERS is a master’s candidate in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. She’s a Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies using open-source tools to understand technological advancements of countries’ nuclear weapon programs.

This is the third of four events this spring in a series of events about graduate school. There will be another about graduate programs at MIIS in Translation and Localization Management on May 6.

The series is a collaboration between the Center for Careers and Internships, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs’ Student Advisory Board, the Model UN club at Middlebury, and the Student Council at MIIS.

US-China think tank with summer internships

Established in 2011 by Henry M. Paulson, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, the Paulson Institute is a non-partisan, independent “think and do” tank dedicated to fostering a US-China relationship that serves to maintain global order in a rapidly evolving world. We are based in Chicago with offices in Washington and Beijing. Our diverse, multicultural staff brings deep experience to our work from the highest levels of business, government, conservation, policy and research.

Our focus on US-China is dictated by the reality that it is the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world. We often operate at the intersection of economics, financial markets, environmental protection, and policy advocacy, in part by promoting balanced and sustainable economic growth.

We currently have open Summer Internship opportunities for highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students. Our internships are paid and typically involve much more than general research, although there will be some of that.  

You will be required to work with MacroPolo experts, the creative team, and leadership on major projects for which you will contribute significantly. It’s an opportunity to not only conduct relevant research but to also gain insight on how to create and execute on products.  

You will be involved in team functions and activities and also have the potential opportunity to publish work jointly, as evaluated on a case-by-case basis.   We encourage a diverse set of applicants from different fields—from researchers and analysts to coders and designers and data scientists. Traditional think tank experience is not required.  

APPLY IN HANDSHAKE HERE