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Monterey Institute: Be the Solution

November 14, 2012

The November 2012 AmeriCorps Alums Career Newsletter is Exclusively Sponsored by Monterey Institute of International Studies.

The Monterey Institute of International Studies offers professional graduate degrees with an international focus. Monterey Institute students, faculty, and alumni work on some of the most critical issues of our time. The goal is to be the solution to challenges of international development, conflict resolution, nonproliferation and terrorism, public administration, sustainable business, environmental policy, translation and interpretation, and international education. The Monterey Institute’s unique master’s degree programs are distinguished by:

  • Foreign language integration in all master’s degrees
  • Practical, hands-on training for professional skills needed in the field
  • Immersive learning opportunities to earn credit during a semester working in a professional environment

AmeriCorps alumni attend the Monterey Institute because they wish to transfer the knowledge and skills of their service into an international career. The Monterey Institute values the service of AmeriCorps alumni and provides the following benefits: a minimum of 10 annual merit scholarship awards to qualified AmeriCorps alumni, plus Segal matching funds for graduate study! Learn more at

Here is what AmeriCorps alumni have to say about attending the Monterey Institute:

At the Monterey Institute, I was able to put development theory and research into practice.  Group consultancies with local, national and international organizations gave me the opportunity to learn and understand best practices, identify, evaluate, and leverage strengths and weaknesses, develop creative and effective solutions, and implement them in real time, with the mentors, networks, and research. Utilizing theories and research to design frameworks and put action plans into practice allowed me to become a strategic, thoughtful, and effective leader.” – Serena Kelsch, MPA

As an AmeriCorps alum, I was attracted to the Monterey Institute because of the Peace Corps Master’s International program. Now I am serving in Peace Corps in Ecuador as a Natural Resource Conservation Volunteer and earning credit toward my master’s degree.  The Monterey Institute offers a truly internationally focused program, which was of great interest to me as I wish to work in international environmental policy development and management.” – Jhon Arbelaez, MAIEP

For more information on Monterey Institute programs, visit

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