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  1. Hi everyone! This is my first post, and I am an international student, so bear with me if my English is a bit strange... (I posted the same content in the global affairs forum as well) Anyways, I am hoping to get some thoughts on the two grad programs I was luckily admitted to! I am a Japanese undergraduate student graduating March 2022, who studied liberal arts (not sure if I can call this a field haha) in Japan. My career plan is to become a practitioner in the field of conflict resolution, countering violent extremism, and peacebuilding, thus decided to pursue a graduate degree that enables me to gain the necessary knowledge and experience (e.g., project design, management, m&e, and a preferably third language too) for such a profession. Much to my luck, I got offers from GW Elliott IDS (have to self-fund 10k/year), and Fletcher MALD (self-fund 16k/year), and am currently leaning towards going to Elliott, for its location in DC as well as its lower cost compared to Fletcher. However, looking into the Gradcafe forum, I see lots of positive posts (negatives posts equally) about the MALD, and not so much on Elliott IDS, so I am reconsidering once again... If I summarize my thoughts, it would be like this: Elliott: DC location (thus better connection?), cheaper option, wider varieties of fields I can study Fletcher: Better recognition and reputation? (not sure about this...), Fletcher Mafia, more rigorous? (again, I'm not sure about this too), prestige in the IR community? Are my image of both schools correct? Could anyone give me more insight on the two programs??
  2. Rinzler Archives Summer Internship What: An opportunity to learn best practices in archives collection management firsthand Where: Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, D.C. When: Ten weeks in the summer, flexible depending on your schedule. This internship in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is made possible through the generous support of the Scott and Dorothy Odell Internship Fund. The mentorship goals of this internship include working with archives staff to apply collections management best practices in arranging, describing, and digitizing collections, which consist of papers, photographs, audio recordings, and audiovisual media. The intern may also work with content in our Digital Asset Management System and contribute to finding aids that meet current archival descriptive standards and are Encoded Archival Description compatible using ArchivesSpace (ASpace). The collections include curatorial, ethnographic, and programmatic content associated with the Center’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival and its nonprofit record label, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The deadline for the 2020 summer internship is March 15. The selected applicant will receive a stipend of $300/week for a full-time, ten-week internship. How to Apply To apply online, visit solaa.si.edu and create an account. After selecting Internship, specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. You will be required to upload supporting materials, including an essay, résumé, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. The submission deadline for summer internships is March 15. There are no deadlines for submitting applications for other seasons. The completed application is to be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the internship. If you have questions, please contact intern coordinator Arlene Reiniger at ReinigerA@si.edu.
  3. Hi! I got accepted to the following programs (all one year) and I can't decide! 1. Master of Arts (MA), The Fletcher School, Tufts University 2. Master of International Public Policy (MIPP), SAIS, Johns Hopkins University 3. Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA), GPS, UCSD 4. MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy, LSE My interests are IR, strategy, and security. When I consider location, I think UCSD is attractive but Fletcher and SAIS network are strong! LSE also has a very good program. I don't have to worry about scholarships because my workplace is going to pay for them. I would appreciate if I could get some advice!
  4. Hi everyone! I am Sheila and I am 23 years old. I am moving to Washington DC (or nearby neighborhoods) in the mid-August to attend GWU as an international student. Looking for 1-4 roommates to find and share decent apartment in good neighborhood.I am particularly interested in following areas: Foggy Bottom, Crystal City, Pentagon City, Courthouse, Rosslyn, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown. My budget is about 800 USD for a separate/shared room. About myself: open-minded, optimistic, calm person who respects other people's privacy and enjoys good company. Graduate students, young professionals from DC area are welcome to send a message to me, would be very interested to talk and possibly connect about finding shared housing)
  5. I will be attending GW Elliott School for my master’s in international affairs. I have a number of questions regarding the school, neighborhood, and the city itself. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer my queries in the following categories. Housing: From my communication with the GWU Housing, it seems like only the Aston houses GWU graduate students. What other housing options are available near the Elliott School? I understand that because of GWU’s location in Washington, DC, it is difficult to find an affordable, yet safe housing. Are there any nearby off-campus apartments that are furnished? Safety: For my undergraduate degree, I had attended a large state university in a safe Midwestern college town. I currently live abroad in one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world, but it is still safe. From what I heard about and read online, it seems like Washington, DC is a city that has severe crime and safety problems. I will be spending most of my time in Foggy Bottom, but which neighborhoods should I stay away from? Is safety a problem at GWU and Foggy Bottom? Is it dangerous for anyone, especially a female, to walk outside at night? I am used to walking outside after sunset without any fear of being harmed. Jobs/Internships: It seems like the ESIA is more career-oriented when compared to similar programs of other schools. How helpful is the ESIA Career Services when it comes to helping students find daytime internships and jobs? I understand that the classes are in the evening, so I would definitely want to use the daytime to build my resume.
  6. Hi everyone! This is my second post and I wanted to start a new thread because I've managed to reduce my options down to two schools. I'm deciding between: Georgetown University's Conflict Resolution Master's program (no funding) The Graduate Institute in Geneva's Master's program in Political Science/International Relations (no funding) I'm considering the cost difference, but its not a huge factor because I have a SO who will be working while I'm in school, as long as he can get a job (he is a teacher and has never had a problem finding employment). We have joked that he is my scholarship. We are US citizens so that makes Geneva a little more complicated because he would need a work visa and I believe the job market is more competitive for employers that will sponsor him. Geneva's tuition is much cheaper (8000 a year), but cost of living in Geneva is much higher, particularly if my SO can't work there. (If anyone has job leads or has gone through the work visa process in Geneva, I'd appreciate your thoughts) In general living in Geneva might be more complicated, work visa, we have two large dogs which makes getting housing hard (harder than it already is in Geneva). However, I like challenges and know Geneva would be a fantastic place to live for a number of reasons (networking in the international field, location for travel, ability to improve my french). DC is DC, networking is great, I can live just outside the area for cheaper rent (maybe even get a backyard), my SO can private tutor or get a full time job without a visa. In terms of the programs, what I'd like to know is, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each program? Are there any alumni or current students who can comment on the programs and maybe the prospects for work or PHD programs after? I'm planning on working immediately after my masters (possibly in Foreign Service) and someday getting my PHD. Would one of these programs be more ideal? Thanks for the help in advance! Also, if you have some general information that you think might be useful about the cities, living, the programs, or funding tips, I'd love to hear it!
  7. Hello, I have been accepted to Humphrey School of Public Policy, University of Minnesota with a Humphrey Scholarship, and George Washington University with a Global initiative scholarship for a Masters in Public Policy. Both are covering about 67% of my tuition (GW is a more expensive school, though). After talking, to various faculty and students, I get a sense that DC is a better place to study public policy. However, some people are also of the opinion that Humphrey is one of the very well-connected schools. Given the more expensive tuition of GW and higher cost of living in DC, my question is if it is worth paying about 20,000 extra/per year to be inGeorge Washington University over University of Minnesota. I would really really appreciate the feedback. Thanks
  8. I've been admitted to similar programs with similar funding packages at American University in DC and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Any thoughts on life in the two cities? Housing affordability? Public transportation/Walkability (I won't have a car)? Weather? Vibe? Diversity? Food? Music? Events? Each program has pros and cons in terms of courses etc, but I thought I'd like to learn more about peripheral points like these... I've been to DC a few times but never to Nashville.
  9. Hello all, I recently received an offer of Ph.D. admission from McGill University's history department, my only offer so far (3 schools left to hear from). This is the only program to which I applied that wasn't in the US. Given the horror stories we all know so well re: the US academic job market, I'll remain interested in the possibility of applying for Washington, DC-based federal, think tank, or non-profit careers after earning my degree, probably 5-6 years from now. I do have 3 solid years of post-undergraduate (US) federal job experience under my belt already, and have studied 2 "critical languages," so am trying to determine whether pursuing my degree in Cold War diplomatic history at McGill, up in Montreal, would be a good or bad choice given what I have in mind. If it isn't apparent, I only have a vague sense of what might be available in places like DC or even other East Coast cities for a newly-minted Ph.D. graduate (in foreign relations history) as opposed to, say, someone who just earned a Master's in something policy-specific from the Kennedy School, Wilson, Georgetown and the like, so would also appreciate if anyone could speak to what doors a Ph.D. might open for me? Thanks for your thoughts! -20something from Maryland
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