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    2019 Fall
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    GSPIA, MIIS NPTS, G. Mason

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  1. Has anyone received notice about scholarships yet?
  2. That can be a good gig. Depends on the job. Investigator and attorneys have do some great, interesting work. The support staff is basic clerical work no one with solid education background should even touch. The work is useless outside of a paycheck and getting a job.
  3. The answer isn't black and white in this situation. It depends on a lot of factors. Timing: some agencies don't hire on a consistent basis and mainly hire new people during selective periods or when numbers are down, like what the FBI is currently doing. Their numbers are down due to the agents hired during the 90s are coming up for retirement. Right now they're taking on large numbers and once that is done, expect things to be quiet for a long time. Agency size: Some agencies are smaller than other so they have a degree of selectiveness that cannot afford. Prime example is th
  4. That's not true in my experience. I have worked with former "fed" individuals and they are no solely selected from the military. Those groups conduct their own military training for recruits like firearms/tactics/what have you. The most common thing I have encounter with these individuals is a level expertise in a field or subject matter. I can only describe them as specialists with unorthodox backgrounds or abilities. The only way to be sure one can be a "fed" is to apply and see how the cards may fall. Obviously advanced degrees and trainings are required because of the high level of tr
  5. Those intelligence agencies are aware of programs/schools that focus on language and cultural training. Honestly, the Middlebury program as a whole is well known for the ability to quickly teach these complicated languages. The Defensive Language Institute is damn close to the school too so the military is also very aware of that school.
  6. Pitt just released an email about a month ago indicating they too are making the GRE voluntary.
  7. The idea "I went to X school means I will graduate with Y job at Z pay once I graduate" is silly. No one if any professional career cares where you went or who you know. It's all about the bottom line, what can you do that others cannot. Employers, especially within international relations, only care about one's abilities and degree of expertise in your chosen field. Those at the highest end of that field will have opportunities simply because they have abilities/experiences others do not. The name of the school is not a factor in their evaluation. The school and one's cohort are simply a
  8. I just went through a long briefing on this topic and everyone can research this matter, but as everyone on this forum knows there a lot of factors at play The current freeze is across the board in terms of civilians and former feds. Only the military is exempt from this order and "matters of public safety/health" will get more clear as time progress. The order doesn't specify how that is to be interrelated so organizations are not hiring and waiting for that to get cleared up. OPM is collecting internal data on the hiring needs of the agencies to operate and that data gets processed to
  9. according to the website, should be on or around February 1st
  10. I'm currently trying to build my resume before applying to grad school for the 2019 year and I'm looking for advice to boost my chances for acceptance. Thus far: Program: MPA & MIR in Security and Economics Schools considered: Syracuse Maxwell, American SIS, Pitt GSPIA, UMD Major: International and Comparative Studies. Minor in Criminology GPA: 3.5 Undergrad school: Tennessee Years since UG: 1 year Work experience: Peace Corps Volunteer (Currently). Transitioning to Fulbright in Ukraine Language: Intermediate Georgian & Russian. Elementary Uk
  11. Any Peace Corps Volunteers applying for Fulbright? I'm looking into applying for ETA Ukraine.
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