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  1. I had a VSFS internship back in 2011. It was a good experience. I don't remember a lot of the specifics of the application experience, but I got the gig, and my role was to run social media for one of the embassies. I also facilitated a contest they were hosting and did some minor research stuff. The FSO with whom I worked was quick in communication with me, but not being there in the embassy with them meant that I didn't form good relationships with anyone outside of the FSO to whom I reported. Also, having never met her in person and coordinating almost solely via email meant that even my re
  2. I was in a similar position when applying, MPP2015. I knew my manager and group at work would be unhappy to see me leave, as they value the work I do, and the shift in career path I'm seeking pretty much guarantees I won't be back. Instead, I had someone else at work write a recommendation for me who is outside of my reporting structure and doesn't interact with my group often. I had worked with him on a project before, so he knew my capabilities, though I didn't work with him on a regular basis. I'd recommend Gov2School's advice of getting the professional recommendation, but looking for some
  3. Also, on your original question, applications generally become available in September. If I recall correctly, the Harvard Kennedy School was the first one on my list that made its application available, and that one for Fall 2014 came out on September 12, 2013 last year (and was due December 5). The other applications came out shortly thereafter. In addition to securing letters of rec in advance, you can also start working on a personal statement, or at least an outline for one. All the schools (or at least the ones to which I applied) require a general personal statement of anywhere betwe
  4. I'll start: Previous Schools (Name, type, or tier): Big US state school Previous Degrees and GPAs: Three majors and 4.0 GRE Scores (Verbal/Quantitative/Analytical Writing): 165/163/5.0 Previous Work Experience (Years, Type): 2 years full time in pretty cool private sector job that gives me a lot of travel and responsibility, but unrelated to public service. Internships with State Dept, human rights org, and UN Math/Econ Background: A few econ classes, but no math since high school Foreign Language Background (if applicable to your program): Highly proficient in one non-native language, bas
  5. Now that most people have received the majority of their decisions, I think it's time to start a wrap-up thread for those who are ready to contribute. I know in my decision-making process these past threads were enormously helpful to me (in fact, perhaps one of the most helpful resources during the application process). The past threads helped me determine exactly where to aim my applications based on previous applicants' experience, and I did really well in my application cycle because of it. So now for our turn. Be as specific or vague as you want, but whatever of the follo
  6. I'm in for MPP as well! So, so, so happy!!!
  7. For your first question, you ask what experience would be good for your goals, but it all depends on what your goals are. What will help you most is what will help you craft a convincing, coherent statement of purpose. If your long-term goals are in international finance, trade, or economics, the Ministry of Finance would be best. If your long-term goal is to work at a multilateral org, shoot for the EU or UN jobs. Choose whatever will boost your case for what you will write that your long-term goals are in your statement of purpose. I imagine most schools are well aware of the European sy
  8. Did any domestic students get a 'dedicated financial adviser,' or does this seem to be something exclusively for international students?
  9. If you will be in the top 5-10% of your class, you should be fine for some of the top public policy programs. Most of those applying to these programs from U.S. schools are also in the top 5% or 10% of their classes in the U.S., so you're fine there. What will be important for you is getting a GRE score in a good range. Somewhere in the 160s are normally great for these programs. Upper 150s are good if the rest of your application is strong. Lower 150s and below are where you start to really need to have a stellar application to make up for the scores if you want to get into a top five or
  10. $600 or $700. I applied to five schools that each had an application fee of between $85 and $100. On top of that, I paid the $25 fee to get my GRE scores sent to the schools that required them and the $8 fee it took to have my transcript sent from my school.
  11. Yeah, I think I had heard before that Peterson's wasn't accurate. I guess I'm wondering if someone has a more accurate idea about admissions statistics. If there's some fount of admissions information out there I'm unaware of. Or at least if someone has an idea whether Peterson's is somewhat or very above or below actual figures.
  12. Anyone have an idea of how many applications they typically get for the MPP program? Cursory Google searches haven't given me much.
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