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  1. That's empirically untrue-I'm a foreign policy person myself in the federal government, a lot of alums from my year and later are doing the same across the federal government, including very recent alums and current students, and I've found in the last few months that our network is getting stronger in Congress than it used to be, which was a pleasant surprise-there are significantly more SAISers working there than in 2013. Most of the people I refer to were none of the things you refer to. Heck, I beat out veterans to get jobs in the Department of Defense several times. Speaking of spec
  2. I'm a SAISer (went to Bologna), went into government service, and worked at the World Bank for a short stint. First of all, you can and should apply to jobs in all of those areas of interest right now. I can tell you if you want to be a US Foreign Service Officer, apply for the next window, because the process is long. You'd be fine for the econ track and, depending on your background, the others. I've never gone through the process, but I imagine the same for the UN and the World Bank. What specific outcomes are you interested in? I highly doubt you would get nothing, especially with yo
  3. SAIS alum here, used to be a short-term consultant at the World Bank while an American-pretty unusual situation. First of all-do an MBA, or get business experience and an MBA if you don't have enough of the the first yet. An MBA will get you actual private sector opportunities and more credibility if you want to development work. An IR degree is really optimized to produce diplomats and other public sector foreign policy people, not consultants or other similar outcomes, which it can, but should not be a first choice. An IR degree would make sense if you wanted to, say, work on development pol
  4. SAIS alum, 2013. Had a great experience, definitely thought it was worthwhile. On the job market, the degree carries a lot of weight in foreign policy/government circles, though it's hard to disaggregate these days from other elements of my background. Went to the Bologna program.
  5. As for the rankings, of course I pulled them out of thin air. That's what I said I did and what I presumed the OP wanted: what people think. What do you think, I'm psychotic enough to try to quantify my subjective impressions? You know what, I can't respond to you without giving specifics that would, among other things, identify me. Fine, you win.
  6. @Miskina: Hey, in your case, you sound like exactly the sort of person who should go to the Elliott School and who not be better served by another school. Definitely agree with you on the experience part-I've been successful thus far in large part because I've taken the opportunity while in DC to intern as much as possible. The internships and now jobs I've gotten have been mostly as a result of previous internships I've done, not SAIS directly anymore. Well, that, and I know two critical needs languages. Oddly enough, I got my first job because of a volunteer thing I did, and everything's
  7. I'm ranking them based upon my perceptions of what their respective reputations are. I'm certainly not saying that people's schools have any bearing on their worth, value, or even necessarily their abilities. Every program is different and fits different people differently. Heck, that's why so many different schools exist. They are all selling different products. The most important thing, more than reputation, is figuring out where you want to go and if that program will help you get there.
  8. For starters, of course it's arbitrary-it's my perception of other people's perception of SAIS, which is shaped by where I've been and what I've done. As for offending people, I don't understand why you think I should care. I'm not really here to make everyone feel good about themselves. I'm here to give my input, based on my experience, to those who ask for it. If I offended you because you don't like my opinions, that's your problem. Your comment about think tanks discouraging people from going to policy schools is something I really find bizarre and something I haven't found anywhere. I
  9. I'm afraid I have no idea-I have contact with that sort of thing.
  10. I do disagree about the idea that the MSFS would be better for a Foreign Service career-both programs are very well respected at State and, if anything, SAIS is respected more. I noticed that while fewer SAISers per capita enter the Foreign Service (though the number is still quite large), they tend to be overrepresented at higher levels. I'd say SAIS is equally good for a career at State and the World Bank. That, and the Bank is jokingly regarded as SAIS's unemployment agency-I get e-mails about short term contracts at the World Bank, interestingly enough often times about energy and dev
  11. Speaking as a graduating SAISer and someone who's interned at State, on the Hill, and at think tanks (security focused), I can say that SAIS's reputation is either roughly equivalent to Georgetown's MSFS, which is Georgetown's peer program, or a bit better. Oddly enough, I was told the latter by a Georgetown grad at State (granted, it was at a holiday party and alcohol was involved). He thought the requirement for two courses beyond Trade and Monetary made a difference in terms of making SAISers consistently economically literate. It is true that "civilians' (non-IR people) are under the
  12. @plenum123 I disagree. I certainly didn't tell admissions committees that I was some sort of superhuman when I wrote my essays. What I focused on, and what the committees are interested in, is telling them that I had a strong idea of where I wanted to go and that a degree from that institution, combined with my previous education and experience, would get me there. You basically need to convince them that you have a plan, it is workable, and that it is in line with the goals of the institution. In the OP's case, highlight the internship at IO Bureau like nobody's business. State's internshi
  13. If you want to work in development, you're going to have to do a lot of econ. What do you mean by International Studies? Do you mean you want to focus on traditional diplomacy?
  14. I had high GRE scores, I think I did a good job on the current events analysis paper SAIS required when I applied (for the Fall 2010 cycle), and probably my languages-I had Arabic and Persian when I applied. I applied to Middle East Studies, then immediately switched concentrations to Global Theory and History upon acceptance and switched again to Strat after visiting SAIS at the open house. Should have asked this earlier-what specifically are you interested in?
  15. @dqhdly No, that's a fair point-if you're not willing and don't think it'd be helpful to do the econ, don't go to SAIS. I didn't particularly like it, but I put up with it because it's still the best program for what I particularly want to do. The econ background does tend to come in handy, though I could have done with one fewer elective course. With regard to aid, no, I did not. In your case, your best chance for aid would have been applying to departments that tend to have large amounts of funding, like Korean Studies, Canadian Studies, and I believe Japanese Studies. Students in the fi
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