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  1. Yep, think tanks are (1) holding tanks for those waiting for a political appointment with the next presidential administration, (2) sinecures for illustrious folks with a past senior government job or appointment under their belt, (3) sweat shop factories for exploited masters level labor (who do the work for cats 1 and 2), and (4), occassionally you'll also see a position come open for a renowned scholar practitioner type to bring together other like minded folks and produce policy relevant research. None of the good categories above will apply to OP.
  2. Check out Fletcher's GMAP program. They've had a few candidates much like yourself, including the current chief public health officer for Snohomish county, WA who is an MD; and would probably be the best option for a higher level professional such as yourself. Just google the program. Definitely would recommend waiting till in-person classes can resume. Georgetown's security studies MA program is another strong option, but your classmates won't so much be your peers as they would be with GMAP (more mid-20s types) though Gtown's Sec Studies degree has better/more flexible curriculum options that go with a longer program. On a broader note you need to decide if you want to stay in the medical field - it sounds like you need to put a lot more thought into your plan. I would strongly suggest you consider how you can combine both IR and medicine and not throw away your current lucrative career you've worked so hard for in exchange for a $38k research assistant position at CSIS. There are a lot of very cool things you could do combining the two. Think public health security and national and global institutions. You may also find some mid-career opps at State and DoD.
  3. I concur with this analysis. I would look to make a more subtle career shift, utilizing your education and experience. Your credentials are outstanding and IMHO an MBA from HEC Paris is every bit as useful if not more so as an MPA from the Kennedy School. Maybe consider mid-to-senior-level operations and finance positions at orgs that interest you. Alternatively, look at getting on a public sector contract with Deloitte or another top-tier consulting firm. I don't think this will be that difficult for you.
  4. Hello, I have a quick question for you. If I was to get a masters from a European university say LSE or Oxford, and then I a masters degree from one of the public policy schools such as the Kennedy School or SFS would I be overqualified for internships or jobs in the Intelligence Community? 

  5. I don't think it matters all that much. For you, I might give the edge to SIPA as you already have a bit of a career in NYC and are familiar with how the job market there works (though to move up in security consulting you probably need some elite government intel, military, or law enforcement experience). For overall job prospects amidst COVID I might give the edge to SAIS and DC (think DoD contracting). Honestly though neither one will do all that much for you - if you want to do the "FSO" track or similar (State/USAID/DoD civil service), what you really need is to be part of a preferential group (veteran, disabled veteran, military spouse). The MA degree is just a nice to have addition. There are many, many people in those so-called dream jobs with for-profit online degrees and spotty work histories, but who check the right box.
  6. This is not a difficult decision. You should stay at your job, make it very clear to your boss you are not going to grad school, and hope like crazy they still give you the promotion (and please stop telling emoloyers you will be quitting before you are sure of it). This is NOT the time to be leaving good, steady employment for a policy degree, online or not.
  7. They're somewhat comparable but I would definitely give the edge to Wilson for career prospects and overall strength. If you *really* personally like Jackson, though I would go for it as they seem to be doing a great job, moving up fast, more internationally focused (if that's your thing) and well-resourced - as evidenced by your full funding. *Though with COVID all bets are off on academic satisfaction and jobs.
  8. Lol at Kennedy / SIPA prices. Such an easy choice. Go to Jackson.
  9. You're graduating into the best job market of the last 20+ years AND coming out of an incredibly powerful university. What a privilage. Don't waste this historic moment hunkered down in grad school. Do some good internships, get some quality job experience under your belt, and save your money.
  10. This is great, current info from someone within the MSFS program right now. Your effusive feedback matches my impressions that the MSFS program outperforms SAIS/Fletcher MALD/SIPA. My caution extends to all programs in this field (except maybe Princeton and Yale): the career and earning prospects of international affairs degree holders are outweighed by their cost. Take Freedom House - a mid-level management position at the DC HQ will pay less than $80k (for someone with 2-3 years experience and a fresh master's degree think closer to $40-50k). My exhortation from the above would be for IR folks to look carefully at our field's (generally terrible and competitive) job market and what skills and experience will truly pay off in combination with an ostensibly elite degree. In my experience and observations: veteran's preferential hiring status, a special government hiring route or fellowship, a security clearance (ideally a top secret at least), a technical cert like the PMP, a solid/unique combination of skill sets (check out Neil Irwin's book, How to Win - great resource on combining skill sets to be the most competitive for a particular job). As always, remember that foreign policy and diplomacy are still a rich man's game. Who your father is and your last name will matter far more than any of the above - just check out the Council on Foreign Relations permanent member list (if you went to Harvard/Princeton/Yale/Stanford undergrad none of this matters - you'll be fine).
  11. And those jobs mostly don't exist anymore for anyone but veterans, members of the brahman class, and recipients of special and diversity hiring programs.
  12. You mention the private sector multiple times. Why not do a program that's aimed at getting you there? Any of these top-30 MBAs would give you better private sector career outcomes than SFS/SAIS/SIPA - https://poetsandquants.com/2018/11/14/2018-mba-ranking/3/. Without the possibility of getting a security clearance and lacking U.S. citizenship, I think you're really setting yourself up for disappointment (not to mention a massive expenditure of money followed by a series of unstable, low-paying jobs) if you attend one of those programs and attempt to forge a public service career in the U.S. The reputation of the Georgetown MSFS program is mostly built on the number of graduates it has sent to the foreign service and that is a path that is mostly closed now even to U.S. citizens, much less a foreign national.
  13. Probably still worth it. Ideally it tops out as an 11 or better after a couple years. I would still be skeptical of any hand shake government job offer until you're in the seat, even a 7.
  14. The so-called job offer sounds shady, fake and/or tentative at best. If however it is legit I'd say this is a no-brainer for Georgetown.
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