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    Applying: PhD Organizational Behavior

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  1. Program: PhD in Sociology or Organizational Behavior Schools (Thinking of) Applying To: Sociology Schools University of Texas-Austin, Sociology (Work, Occupations, and Organizations) Northwestern University, Sociology (Law, Economy, and Organizations) Stanford University, Sociology (Macro) University of California Berkeley, Sociology (Economic Sociology) New York University, Sociology Business Schools Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management (Economic Sociology) University
  2. California is probably a combination of personal and professional connections depending on what people did before grad school. The Michigan network is amazing, you can almost always get an email or call answered from a fellow Wolverine on that basis. Whether it's useful or not may depend on a lot on the types of places you want to work after graduation and I'd use org websites and LinkedIn to research this. For example, a really diverse org may have MPPs, MBAs, JDs, etc. working there which would really increase your chances of finding a Michigan alum. I'd suspect this because other Michig
  3. Since I'm a three-year dual-degree, I've completed two internships. I did a finance internship through Education Pioneers for KIPP New Jersey in Newark and I did K-12 strategy consulting with Accenture in Chicago (although I could have selected SF, NY, or DC as office locations). After graduation, Ford goes everywhere. Our critical mass city is DC. Beyond that, we are really quite spread out with small pockets in NYC and Chicago, and then anywhere people have personal connections or interesting job opportunities. And, of course, many take positions abroad. California happens, but i
  4. Hi naso, First, congrats on having great options! IPE - yes, you can do this twice. Be aware that this is a simulated exercise on a real policy issue. You will meet real experts (our immigration one brought 40 professionals in from every organization imaginable), and they may take some of the exercise's ideas home with them, but this is not a real consulting engagement. Internship - yes, required, some people have even squeezed two into one summer because we get out at the end of April and don't start until the beginning of September, but most people do just one. Applied Poli
  5. If you're interested in working at the EPA or Department of Energy someday, PMF would be one of your easiest routes. There's a lot of public data on the semi-finalist and finalists in the process. Here's this year's data across the three schools you mentioned: SUNY Albany, 11 semi-finalists, 3 finalists Duke Sanford, 1 semi-finalist, 1 finalist CMU Heinz, 1 semi-finalist, 0 finalists Now, of course, you can apply to PMF from any of the schools and get through. But I imagine that SUNY Albany may have a culture and career services staff that helps with the PMF process. For example,
  6. If your goal is to work in Detroit, then Michigan is where you want to be. Two of the last three years of integrated policy exercises at Ford were based on current Detroit policy issues: regional transit and immigration policy. Every year, two students intern in the mayor's office with full fellowship packages. Many of the applied policy seminar's live consulting projects are with Detroit clients. I can think of multiple professors with projects in Detroit and the surrounding area. Lots of the student cohort is from Michigan, and they may have some networking connections or insight
  7. Agree with a lot of what's said here. There is no universal value of policy school prestige, everything depends. I think someone's best bet is to narrow down the type of work they want to do, and then backwards plan. If you research organizations that you want to work at someday, you should see a clear answer. For example, if I really wanted to work at McKinsey, then my research tells me prestige matters a lot, so I would head to Harvard. If I really wanted to be a PMF someday, then my research tells me that super elite prestige doesn't matter so much, but my chances are better at a top 1
  8. Hi Akacas, I'm happy to answer. I attended Michigan over CMU because of more funding, family reasons, the overall strength of Michigan's graduate schools, and the track record of Michigan graduates in my future career of choice (K-12 charter school management). I wouldn't pick between the schools based on your prior work experience. Instead, I would base your decision more on your future career plans. Mine were K-12 education management and policy, so Ford has that advantage over Heinz. If my interests were in a different field like urban planning or environmental studies, it might hav
  9. I would say you are wasting your time. You're coming straight out of undergrad. Not only do you have a degree in Political Science, but you're not going to have any work experience. How does a masters in policy substantially change your situation? In my opinion, it doesn't! I would say go work for 2-3 years in a field you're interested in. If you're still interested after that time, then think about a masters degree. You'll be more competitive for funding and your learning experience will be much higher with some real world experience under your belt.
  10. If there's one thing you shouldn't question about Michigan, it's the network.
  11. Super-biased Michigan here, but here are two thoughts. 1) Georgetown has a great location if you're interested in federal policy. If you're more interested in state & local issues, such as economic development of cities, does paying a premium for living in DC make sense? 2) Michigan does a lot of work in Detroit. Ford has consulting projects there and many university clubs do work on economic development issues in Detroit. In fact, the Nonprofit and Public Management Center (a joint effort between Ross, Ford, and the School of Social Work) recently teamed with the School of Urba
  12. GSI positions are competitive, but there are quite a few. This Fall the Ford School has 21 GSI positions. It's probably safe to assume no incoming 1st years will get one, so of the 2nd year class (~120 students) and 3rd year dual degrees still around (~30 students), the worst-case scenario odds this Fall are somewhere around 21/150 or 14%. In the winter, the school offers 10-15 positions and now there are first-year students that may apply to some, so the odds get tougher. There are a couple of tricks that will help your odds. The first is to quickly take classes that are offered every
  13. Hi innana! 1) We have lots of students who focus on international issues. I'm not one of them, but if you want to private message me your email, I'd be happy to connect with you some of them. We have quite a few electives, and even in one of our core micro classes which is taught by Dean Yang, you'll hear about some of his fieldwork in Africa. Every year we take a few international trips (you're only eligible to go on one over your studies here). This year the IEDP team went to Myanmar, next year's is going to Brazil. We also go to China every year, and alternate years go to Cana
  14. Congratulations to those hearing good news today! Whether you're decided or still thinking, I hope you come to Spring Preview weekend. If you've never been to Ann Arbor before, you'll get a sense very quickly of why it's one of the best college towns in America. You'll get to engage professors, career services, and student clubs. We have one of the best facilities of any MPP program in the country - important because you will spend a lot of time here over the next two years. You'll start developing relationships with future classmates, and maybe even find housing together! We'll fe
  15. Not sure about this program at Georgetown, but not many of my public and non-profit sector classmates at Michigan have internships that convert into full-time employment. Internships definitely help with networking and resume building, but just a heads up that conversions seem to be the exception or minority occurrence in these types of programs.
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