talons1025 Posted October 2, 2013 Share Posted October 2, 2013 I had emailed the graduate director of the IR dept of my alma mater inquiring about the program, if it offered internship opportunities in DC (or at for that matter), and basically if it provided an adequate training for a career in foreign service. This was the response I recieved: Recent changes to our MA program have occurred. We are not set up to train students for government service. Recent budget situations, and a hiring freeze means we no longer have the means to provide this type of training. There are graduate programs that deal specifically with this type of training - those programs often contain the word "Policy" in the title of the program. Sorry, but we are not able to provide you this type of education/experience. Today, our MA program is singularly geared toward producing students qualified for Ph.D. programs. Obviously this is a bad email to get, but I was thinking, how can an MA in international affairs (relations) that gears students to PhD programs be entirely terrible? Wouldn't I still technically have a good skillset for finding a job in an IR field or applying to the state dept's foreign service? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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