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Mission / Key Figures
Employment Outcomes
Private Sector (list of 2014 employers)
Public Sector (list of 2014 employers)
Nonprofit Sector (list of 2014 employers)
Multilateral Sector (list of 2014 employers)
Professional Skills
Accounting/Finance (list of courses)
Technical/Qualitative (list of courses)
Oral/Written Communication (list of courses)
Management/Leadership (list of courses)
Connecting with Employers
Global Career Treks
Hong Kong
Houston (Energy)
London (Finance)
London (Political Risk, NGOs, Think Tanks etc.)
New York (Finance)
New York (United Nations)
Career Clubs
For Alumni
For Employers
Why Hire From SAIS?
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To serve the career development needs of SAIS students and alumni, providing high quality, client-oriented services designed to assist them in managing their professional careers. We market SAIS as a source of talent and leadership to international employers and build a global network of contacts that serve students and alumni.

Key Figures (2014/15)

- 94% of the Class of 2014 sought and found employment at 172 employers, obtained fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within 6 months of graduation
- 75% of Master of Arts graduates participated in summer internship opportunities

- 2,181 job postings
- 122 employers on campus
- 35 skills courses
- 10 global career treks
- Overall satisfaction with coaching services: 4.73 / 5.00 (4 is 'above average', 5 is 'excellent').

Class of 2014 Employment Outcomes

94% of the Class of 2014 (Master of Arts students who graduated between December 2013 and August 2014) sought and found employment at 172 employers, obtained fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within 6 months of graduation.  Review the Class of 2014 Employment Outcomes.

Class of 2014 Compensation

The salary level of SAIS graduates varies considerably, depending on geographic location, employment sector and functional area within the sector. For the Master of Arts graduates of 2014 (non-dual degree), median full-time salaries for each sector were as follows:

Private $65,000
Public $63,000
Nonprofit $55,000
Multilateral $50,000

(The above figures do not include the additional salary benefits of SAIS graduates employed in the multilateral sector where income is often tax-free. Nor does it include signing bonuses or end-of-year bonuses which can be a significant part of private sector salaries).

Previous Years

To review the Employment Outcomes Report for previous years, please click on the links below:


Private Sector

49% of the 2014 SAIS MA graduates entered the private sector, and many of those went to work in the consulting field in areas such as communications, defense and intelligence, international development, political risk, as well as strategic management consulting.  

2014 Private Sector Employers:

  • A.T. Kearney
  • Accenture Federal Services
  • The Advisory Board Company
  • Albright Stonebridge Group
  • American Continental Group Analytics
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • The Asia Group, LLC
  • Austrian National Bank
  • Avascent 
  • Bain and Company
  • Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
  • Berkeley Research Group
  • Blackwood Group
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • The Boston Consulting Group 
  • Business Monitor International
  • CARANA Corporation
  • Cargill 
  • Cartica Capital
  • Castalia Strategic Advisors
  • CEB
  • CJ Lake
  • Climate Advisers
  • Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc.
  • Constellation Energy Group
  • Crumpton Group
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Delphos International Ltd
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Developing Trade Consultants Ltd.
  • Drum Cussac
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • EKo Pwop
  • Energetics, Inc.
  • Energy Intelligence
  • England & Company
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Fabiani & Company
  • Far East Horizon Ltd.
  • First Solar, Inc.
  • Fisher Investments UK
  • Fitch Ratings
  • Fontheim International
  • Foreign Policy Magazine
  • The FP Group
  • FRANdata
  • Freeport-McMoRan 
  • Garten Rothkopf
  • GE Energy Financial Services
  • Gerson Lehrman Group
  • Global Risk Advisors 
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Gradus Proximus
  • Hanover Research
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • HIP Consult Inc
  • IHS Energy Insight
  • IMG Rebel Group
  • IMPAQ International
  • Infusive
  • InterGen Services
  • International Technology and Trade Associates, LLP
  • Jeffries 
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • Kateri Strategies
  • KPMG
  • Kroll Advisory Solutions
  • LAC Group
  • Laterite
  • Learn it Systems
  • L.E.K. Consulting
  • M Powered Strategies, Inc.
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Mazars
  • McKinsey & Company
  • MicroVest Capital Management
  • Mixpanel
  • Moody's
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nationwide IT Services, Inc.
  • Navigant Consulting
  • Neptune
  • News Timeline
  • NTT Communications
  • Obsidian Analysis, Inc.
  • Partners Group
  • Phase 2 Technology
  • PNC Bank
  • Powerhive Inc.
  • Prometeia, SpA
  • The Rapidan Group
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • Security Industry Specialists, Inc. 
  • SIATech
  • Sol Systems, LLC
  • Sphere Consulting, LLC
  • Strategic Investment Group
  • Syngenta
  • TD International, LLC
  • Technip
  • UBS 
  • Vincent Roa Group, LLC 
  • The Wall Street Journal 
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • World Journal

Public Sector

19% of the 2014 SAIS MA graduates found employment in the public sector in the U.S. federal government or in foreign governments.  The top employer in the public sector was the U.S. Department of State.

2014 Public Sector Employers:

U.S. Federal Government
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 
  • U.S. Department of Commerce 
  • U.S. Department of Energy 
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office 
  • U.S. Institute of Peace 
  • U.S. Intelligence Community
  • U.S. Military

Foreign Governments
  • Council of Europe
  • Embassy of Canada
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Thailand
  • Thammasat University, Thailand

Nonprofit Sector

15% of the 2014 SAIS MA graduates went to work in a variety of areas in the nonprofit sector such as international development, think tanks and research, and education and training.  The nonprofit sector actively recruits SAIS graduates for their breadth and depth of knowledge in the international relations arena. 

2014 Nonprofit Sector Employers:

  • American Bar Association
  • The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee
  • Atlantic Council 
  • The Brookings Institution
  • Catholic Relief Services 
  • Center for Constitutional Studies & Democratic Development
  • Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Center for Transatlantic Relations
  • Church World Service
  • Crisis Action
  • Emerging Markets Private Equity Association 
  • Fair Labor Association
  • Global Center on Cooperative Security 
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development 
  • International Labour Organization
  • Japan Center for International Finance
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • Migration Policy Institute
  • National Public Radio
  • PACT
  • Partners in Health
  • PATH
  • RAND Corporation
  • Safe Water Network
  • TEPAV Economic Policy Research Foundation
  • U.S. Asean Business Council
  • World Resources Institute

Multilateral Sector

13% of the 2014 SAIS MA graduates went to work in the multilateral sector. International development was the largest functional area of employment within these multilateral organizations. Other functional areas of employment in this sector were banking and finance, diplomacy, microfinance, monitoring and evaluation, and trade and economics.

2014 Multilateral Sector Employers:

  • Council of Europe
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Finance Corporation
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Organization of American States
  • United Nations
  • World Bank
  • World Economic Forum
  • World Food Programme






Gaining Experience Through Internships

Internships facilitate career exploration and skills development and SAIS values the benefits gained through domestic and international internships. Global Career Services has a number of resources that can help students identify and seek promising internship opportunities. Additionally, many academic programs also work with students in their concentration to develop relevant internships. 


75% of SAIS MA graduates from the class of 2014 participated in summer internship opportunities to complement their academic training and to build their professional credentials, and almost 50% participated in internships during the academic year.  Most academic-year internships took place in Washington, D.C., while many of the summer internships took place abroad. Students from the class of 2014 completed summer internships in over 150 different organizations across all sectors and in most regions of the world.  For more details, please review the 2014 Employment Outcomes (page 9).

To learn more about past internships, students can review the results of past summer internship evaluation surveys. Each individual survey contains contact information, a description of duties, and an evaluation of the merits of the internship. The most current and past surveys can be found on SAISWorks, your one-stop resource available to SAIS students and alumni on all 3 campuses.

Summer Internship Fund (SIF)

In 2015, 93 students receive SIF awards with an average amount of $1,330.  The Summer Internship Fund provides financial assistance to returning students with confirmed unpaid, full-time summer internships in the public or nonprofit sectors.  Awards are available to students on all 3 campuses, in any concentration, for work in any region in the nonprofit or public sectors (awards are not available for private sector internships).  Returning students may receive an award one time during the period of their studies.  No SIF funding is available to students for the summer after graduation.  Application materials and instructions are available in the spring. Students apply for SIF through SAISWorks (the one-stop career management solution). Applications will only be accepted for confirmed full-time unpaid internships lasting a minimum of 1 month in the public or nonprofit sectors.  Students receiving funds from an academic program or other SAIS sources are not eligible for the Summer Internship Fund.   







SAISWorks is your one-stop career management solution.  See below some of its most used features:
- Job board with targeted alerts based on your industry preferences,
- On-campus recruiting applications and scheduling,
- Employers directory,
- Alumni/Contacts directory,
- Registration for skills courses, coaching appointments, career treks and employer events,
- Document library / career resources (see below).

Career Resources

Researching Sectors:
- PDF iconSAIS Competitive Advantage by Sector.pdf
PDF iconResearching Sectors.pdf
- Getting into Government: A Guide for High-Achievers

Self-Assessment & Professional Development Plan:
PDF iconSeven Stories Exercise.pdfSeven Stories Exercise.pdfSeven Stories Exercise.pdf
PDF iconSelf Assessment.pdf
Microsoft Office document iconProfessional Development Plan.doc
FileProfessional Development Plan with 2-Year Action Plan.docx

PDF iconSAIS Resume Requirements and Recommendations (2015-16).pdf
PDF iconSAIS Resume Collection Policy - SAIS Resume Review (2015-16).pdf
PDF iconEffective Resumes.pdf
PDF iconQuantifying Achievements and Supporting by Outcomes.pdf
PDF iconSAIS Sample Student Resume.pdf
Microsoft Office document iconSAIS Template Student Resume - Certificate in Chinese and American Studies HNC.doc
Microsoft Office document iconSAIS Template Student Resume - MA Europe and Washington DC.doc
Microsoft Office document iconSAIS Template Student Resume - MA Washington DC.doc
Microsoft Office document iconSAIS Template Student Resume - MAIA Europe.doc
Microsoft Office document iconSAIS Template Student Resume - MAIS HNC.doc
Microsoft Office document iconSAIS Template Student Resume - MIEF.doc
Microsoft Office document iconSAIS Template Student Resume - MIPP Bologna.doc
Microsoft Office document iconSAIS Template Student Resume - MIPP Washington, DC.doc

Cover Letters:
- PDF iconEffective_Cover_Letters_Email_and_Thank_You_Letters.pdf

Additional Resources

Case Interview

File Case Interview Preparation Resources.docx (including Case in Point, CQ Interactive, 'Crack the Case' by David Ohrvall, etc.)

International Job Search

GoinGlobalRead and download GoinGlobal country guides, detailing employment trends and practices in countries worldwide.
Passport CareerThe Passport Career guide will help you to explore opportunities around the world.

Interview Preparation

- InterviewStream: Practice, practice, practice!  Prior to conducting mock interviews with a coach, you can use this online tool to help you refine your message to best sell your skills in a professional and effective manner. You can record and watch your responses until you get them right. All you need is a webcam, microphone and speakers or headphones to conduct an interview right now.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)

- Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2016, Presentation for Academic Institutions
- Become a PMF
2016 Assessment Preparation Guide
- Guide to Managing the PMF Application Process

Researching Sectors

APSIA International Careers Guide: The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) provides general career information about the wide range of careers that graduates from APSIA schools pursue.
Vault Career IntelligenceRead and download Vault Career Intelligence Guidebooks.





International Students

Global Career Services is aware of the unique career development needs of the school's diverse international student community.  In addition to the range of services available to all students, there are a series of events and programs specifically for international students throughout the academic year.  These include:
- international alumni mentoring discussions;
- presentations by employers hiring international students;
- sector-specific career documents on institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank;
- professional development workshops on themes of special interest to international students such as Networking Skills for International Students.

International Dinner, November 2015


Professional Skills

We offer more than 35 highly marketable Professional Skills Courses each year, including several online courses which are also available during the summer and the winter inter-session.  Courses taught on campus are open to current students, and to alumni on a space-available basis.  Online skills courses are open to both current students and alumni. Students or Alumni seeking more information on skills courses should contact Martina Leinz at

Inter-Session/Spring Semester 2016 Online Skills Courses - All SAIS Campuses

Online skills courses in Introductory Financial Accounting, Advanced Financial Accounting, Introductory Finance, Spreadsheet Modeling, and Quantitative Methods are offered throughout the year.  Registration for spring semester online skills courses for SAIS students on all SAIS campuses will open on December 21, 2015 via SAISWorks so students may work on them during the winter inter-session. 

Spring Semester 2016 Skills Courses on the Washington, D.C. Campus

The skills course schedule for the spring semester on the Washington D.C. campus will be available in January.  We anticipate offering the following courses (subject to change): Consulting Skills, Project Management, Financial Modeling, Intermediate & Advanced MS Excel, Introduction to Political Risk Analysis, Practical Negotiating, Writing for Results:Policy Memos and Presentation Skills. Course syllabi and a spring schedule of skills courses will be posted in SAISWorks in the “Document Library” when available.

Due to limited seating, students who register for skills courses on the Washington campus and then drop them less than a week before they begin, or simply fail to attend, will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. 

For further information about skills courses in Washington, please contact Martina Leinz at

Spring Semester 2016 Skills Courses on the SAIS Europe Campus

Our SAIS Europe Career Services team will organize a series of Excel courses during the spring semester.  Details will be forthcoming.

Mini Courses on the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Campus

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Career Services office coordinates professionally focused mini courses taught by practioners interested in equipping students with knowledge needed in many industries.  Previous mini courses have included Corporate Social Responsibility, Data Analytics, Doing Business in China, and Microsoft Excel.






Class number Subject Cluster Campus
CS101B Advanced Financial Accounting (An Online Course) Accounting/Finance (100) SAIS Europe | Nanjing, China | Washington, D.C.
CS104/SA380.102 Corporate Valuation Accounting/Finance (100) Washington, D.C.
CS106 Financial Analysis Accounting/Finance (100) Washington, D.C.
CS103/SA380.103 Financial Modeling Accounting/Finance (100) Washington, D.C.
CS105 International Financial Reporting Standards Accounting/Finance (100) Washington, D.C.
CS102/SA380.101 Introductory Finance (An Online Course) Accounting/Finance (100) SAIS Europe | Nanjing, China | Washington, D.C.
CS101/SA380.100 Introductory Financial Accounting (An Online Course) Accounting/Finance (100) SAIS Europe | Nanjing, China | Washington, D.C.






Class number Subject Cluster Campus
CS206 Advanced Microsoft Excel Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS208 Advanced Microsoft Powerpoint Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS204 Beginning Microsoft Excel Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS212 Carbon Markets: Design & Price Formation Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS205 Intermediate Microsoft Excel Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS207 Intermediate Microsoft Powerpoint Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS210 Interpreting Econometric Analysis Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS209 Introduction to STATA Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS202 Quantitative Analysis (An Online Course) Technical/Quantitative (200) SAIS Europe | Nanjing, China | Washington, D.C.
CS211 Quantitative Energy Analysis Technical/Quantitative (200) Washington, D.C.
CS201 Spreadsheet Modeling (An Online Course) Technical/Quantitative (200) SAIS Europe | Nanjing, China | Washington, D.C.






Class number Subject Cluster Campus
CS310 Best Practices in Editing: Preparing Writing for Publication Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS311 Business Protocol Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS304 Effective Presentation Skills & Public Speaking Techniques Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS302 Effective Writing for Business & Public Policy Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS307 Introduction to Media Relations Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS308 Introduction to Photojournalism Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS309 New Media Skills for IR Professionals Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS305 Preparing & Delivering a Briefing Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS303 Speech Writing for Public Policy Makers Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS301 Writing for Results: Policy Memos Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.
CS306 Writing for the Media Oral & Written Communications (300) Washington, D.C.






Class number Subject Cluster Campus
CS407 Competitive Skills for the Policy Arena Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS402 Consulting Skills Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS409 Foundations of PPBE (Planning, Programming, Budgeting & Execution) Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS410 Funding for Nongovernmental Organizations Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS408 Global Agriculture in the 21st Century Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS404 Introduction to Political Risk Analysis Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS411 Introductory to Basic Mediation Skills Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS401 Leadership Skills for Effective Change Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS403 Management in the 21st Century Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS405 Practical Negotiating Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.
CS406 Project Management Management/Leadership (400) Washington, D.C.






Connecting with Employers
Employer Presentations

In 2014/15, 122 employers participated in on-campus presentations to promote their organization, explain the recruitment process, and in most cases, collect résumés for open internships and full-time positions.

Global Career Treks / Site Visits

We organize more than 10 global career treks annually.  We also arrange site visits to local employers with a strong alumni base. These visits often include career panels that provide background on the variety of positions available, special topic presentations by senior alumni and recruiting presentations by human resources staff.  

Career Fair on the Washington D.C. Campus

Global Career Services hosts an annual Career Fair on the Washington, D.C. campus during the fall semester in mid-October. The fair is a great way for students to learn about employers and practice their networking skills with SAIS alumni representing their organizations.  A sampling of employers who participated in career fairs during previous years include: ACDI/VOCA, A.T. Kearney Global Business Policy Council, The Avascent Group, Catholic Relief Services, Chemonics International, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, FBI, IRS, Kroll, MicroVest Capital Management, MPowered Strategies, Nathan Associates Inc., One Acre Fund, Population Services International, RAND Corporation, Search for Common Ground, Sidar Global Advisors, Taylor DeJongh, USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the World Bank.

Career Panel Discussions

Throughout the academic year, students and alumni participate in career panel discussions, some of which are organized with the student-led Career Clubs. These discussions provide students with valuable sector information and insights about specific organizations and institutions.

Global Career Treks

We organize every year more than 10 sector-focused treks to Asia, Europe, and North America:
- Beijing,
- Brussels,
- Geneva,
- Hong Kong,
- Houston,
- London (Finance),
- London (Political Risk, NGOs, Think Tanks, etc.)
- New York (Finance),
- New York (United Nations),
- Shanghai.
Through company visits and alumni networking receptions, you will gain insider's  perspective on working in specific sectors.  In past years, we have helped students in various Career Clubs coordinate treks to other destinations as well. If you are interested in helping to organize a career trek, contact your Career Club president or contact the Global Career Services office on your campus.

SAIS Students at Clean Energy Fuels, Pickens Plant (Willis, TX) in 2014.

Beijing Trek

Since 2012, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has organized a spring career trek to Beijing to meet with employers across all sectors.  Students visit approximately 12 employers over 4 days, and meet many Beijing-based alumni during an alumni reception.

In the past, participating organizations have included:
- Amazon,
- American Chamber of Commerce in China,
- APCO Worldwide,
- Baidu,
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
- Boston Consulting Group (BCG),
- Ford Foundation,
- Greenpeace,
- Huawei Technologies Co,
- Nielsen,
- Pfizer,
- Price, Cao, Kanji,
- SOHO China,
- The Center for China and Globalization (CCG),
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
- United States Embassy,
- U.S.-China Business Council,
- Weber Shandwick.

HNC and SAIS Students at Weber Shandwick in May 2015.

Brussels Trek

The SAIS Europe Career Services team organizes a career trek to Brussels in January every year.   Students visit 8 employers over 2 days.

In the past, participating employers have included:
- Bruegel,
- Burson-Marsteller Brussels,
- Cinquantenaire Partners and Mantis,
- European External Action Services (EEAS),
- European Parliament,
- European Policy Centre (EPC),
- International Crisis Group (ICG),
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA).

SAIS Students in Brussels (May 2014).

Geneva Trek

The SAIS Europe Career Services team organizes a career treks to Geneva every year.

In the past, participating employers have included:
- International Trade Centre,
- World Trade Organization (WTO).

SAIS Students visiting UNHCR in November 2015 (Geneva Trek).

Asia Trek \ Hong Kong

For nearly 10 years, SAIS Career Services has organized an inter-session Career Trek to Hong Kong and Shanghai to meet with employers primarily in the private sector, particularly focusing on financial services and consulting. Students from SAIS and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center meet with approximately 20 employers, spending 2 days in Shanghai and 3 days in Hong Kong with an alumni reception in each city.

In the past. participating organizations have included:
- Bain,
- Citi,
- Converse,
- Economist Intelligence Unit,
- Fitch Ratings,
- Goldman Sachs,
- JP Morgan,
- Macquarie,
- Morgan Stanley.


SAIS HNC Students at HSBC in November 2015 (Asia Trek).

Houston Energy Trek 

During the winter break, the Energy & Environment Career Club and the Washington, D.C. Office of Career Services organize a Career Trek to Houston focusing specifically on the energy sector with an emphasis on fossil fuels. Because oil and gas are essential to geopolitics, the Houston Trek offers students an ideal opportunity to learn about the industry up close.

In the past, participating organizations have included:
- Clean Energy Fuels,
- ConocoPhillips,
- Cheniere,
- Deloitte,
- Excelerate Energy,
- ExxonMobil,
- GE Power & Water,
- Halliburton,
- IHS Energy,
- Shell,
- SURGE Accelator,
- Technip,
- Waste Management,
- Wood Mackenzie.


SAIS Students at GE Power & Water in Houston in January 2014

London Finance Trek

To prepare for the fall finance sector recruitment cycles, our staff in the SAIS Europe Career Services Office organizes a Finance Trek to London in October.

In the past, participating companies have included:
- Citi,
- Goldman Sachs,
- ING,
- JPMorgan,
- Morgan Stanley,
- Rogge Global Partners.

London Career Trek

The SAIS Europe Career Services team organizes a career trek to London every year for students interested in exploring opportunities with businesses, think thanks, and nonprofits.

In the past, participating employers have included:
- Bloomberg,
- Economist Intelligence Unit,
- Eurasia Group,
- Human Rights Watch,
- IHS,
- International Institute for Strategic Studies.

SAIS Students at Bloomberg in London in January 2015.

New York Finance Trek

To coincide with the Wall Street recruiting season, Global Career Services organizes a New York City Finance Trek every fall.

Last September 20 SAIS students had the opportunity to practice their interview skills with SAIS Alumni in New York (Thomson Reuters building on Times Square) and to meet with SAIS Alumni at:
- Citi,
- Credit Suisse,
- Goldman Sachs,
- JP Morgan Chase,
- Morgan Stanley.

SAIS Students at Credit Suisse in September 2015.

New York United Nations Trek

The New York United Nations Trek is a career exploration and alumni networking program for SAIS students interested in the United Nations, foundations and nonprofit organizations. It is co-organized by the Global Security & Conflict Management Club and Global Career Services.

Participating organizations have included:
- UN Secretariat,
- Carnegie Corporation of New York,
- Crisis Action,
- Reboot.


At the United Nations with SAIS Alum Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.  In addition, among other SAIS Alumni at the UN, students met with SAIS Alum Kim Won-soo, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General.


Asia Trek \ Shanghai

For nearly 10 years, SAIS Career Services has organized an inter-session Career Trek to Hong Kong and Shanghai to meet with employers primarily in the private sector, particularly focusing on financial services and consulting. Students from SAIS and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center meet with approximately 20 employers, spending two days in Shanghai and three days in Hong Kong with an alumni reception in each city.

In Shanghai, participating organizations in the past have included:
- AIG,
- Control Risks,
- Deloitte,
- FTI Consulting,
- Johnson & Johnson,
- Wells Fargo.

HNC and SAIS Students in Shanghai (November 2013).

Be Involved, Gain Leadership Skills, Network!

Career Clubs are an excellent opportunity for students with similar professional interests to work together on exploring the field and employers in that sector.  We partner closely with these groups to develop programs and resources for specific fields of interest. Students are highly encouraged to get involved with at least one of these clubs to utilize their resources and to play a role in creating a professional development environment at SAIS. 

See below the list of current Career Clubs at SAIS:

- Careers in Development,
- Careers in Diplomacy,
- Consulting,
- Defense & Intelligence,
- Energy & Environment,
- Entrepreneurship,
- Global Security & Conflict Management,
- Global Women in Leadership,
- International Finance,
- International Law,
- International Organizations,
- International Trade,
- Net Impact.


Michael Slawson (SAIS '16), receiving the 2015 Career Club of the Year award on behalf of the Energy & Environment Club.


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You are a wonderful resource to students for exploring career fields, polishing their job-search skills or understanding the recruiting process.  If you would like to help, please contact us at and let us know if you would like to help with one of the activities noted below or if you have something else in mind.  Thank you!

Recruiting at SAIS

You continue to be one of our key assets for recruiting!  You know the curriculum, you recognize the quality of students and faculty here at SAIS, and you understand how this background fits into your own chosen profession. We welcome the opportunity to work with you individually to support your employer's efforts to find high-quality candidates for both internships and employment after graduation.  We also appreciate the opportunity to meet human resources or graduate recruiting staff members in your organization to set up a more formal recruiting relationship.  To see the services we provide, please click on the 'For Employers' tab on this website.

- Brown Bags: Meet informally over breakfast or lunch to discuss your career and provide feedback to a smaller group of students on their interest in your field.

- Career Panels: Talk about your career with a group of other professionals to give an overview of the field or to provide a deeper understanding of the diverse work within a particular organization.

- Employer Site Visits: Host a group of students at your place of employment.  Arrange for them to meet with a group of SAIS alumni and human resources staff.

- Global Career Treks: Help us coordinate alumni panels and employer visits for a group of students in your city or region.

- Informational Interviews: Meet one-on-one with students to talk more in depth about your career path and provide specific feedback on how a student's interest and background would fit into your field.

- Mock Interviews: Help students practice specific interview skills.  We would be happy to organize sessions in our office, help connect students to you electronically, or send students to you.

- Presentations: If you would like to speak on a specific professional development topic or subject to a group of students, please let us know.

Recruiting at SAIS

See below a list of opportunities to connect with your next hire. Please contact the staff member at the SAIS campus located most conveniently to you in terms of distance or time zone (see 'Connect with US' tab), or contact directly Janet Burrowes, Associate Director for Employers Relations, or +1.202.663.7797.

Sourcing Global Talent

- Job & Internships Postings: You are welcome to advertise open positions on SAISWorks, a free, online job posting and internship resource for SAIS students and alumni which allows them to respond directly to the posting organization.
- Resume Collections: In addition to posting an opportunity, Global Career Services can prepare customized books of cover letters and resumes for your consideration from qualified candidates who express specific interest in your job or internship posting.

Connecting with Students/Alumni

- Employer Presentations: Employer presentations are an effective way to provide students with an overview of your organization, while building brand awareness on campus.  Presentation can be either formal or informal and often range from auditorium style engagements with technical support to informal 'brown bag' lunches with smaller group of students. Our offices can also arrange for your event to be catered.
- Employer Site Visits: For Employers near one of our locations, we can easily arrange to bring a group of SAIS students to your site for a presentation by your human resources staff and/or by SAIS Alumni employed at your organization.
- Career Fair: Global Career Services hosts an annual Career Fair in mid-October on the Washington, D.C. campus.  The fair is a convenient way for companies to increase their visibility on campus, recruit talent, and to network with highly-motivated students and alumni.
- Global Career Treks: Global Career Services organizes more than 10 career treks every year to Beijing, Brussels, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, New York, San Francisco, and Shanghai.  Career treks provide you with the opportunity to network with students who are interested in learning about future employment opportunities.  Video Conferencing:  If you want to interview students without incurring travel costs, we can facilitate video interviewing.

- Career Clubs:  SAIS students are actively involved in a variety of sector-specific career clubs including conflict management, consulting, development, defense & intelligence, diplomacy, energy and environment, finance, trade, women in leadership etc.  Employers are often invited to work with clubs on their various events, allowing employers to target and network with select group of students.

Why Hire From SAIS?

SAIS Students Have a Strong International Background

Members of a typical entering class at SAIS represent more than 60 countries with 70% of the class having worked or studied internationally. Almost 90% have professional work experience prior to entering SAIS with a wide range of employers including governments, multilateral organizations, financial institutions, consulting firms, non-profit and development organizations, newspapers and the like.  Approximately one-third of SAIS students are non-US citizens.

SAIS Students Are Prepared to Work in a Changing World

SAIS students have well-developed analytical skills and an understanding of how business, government and non-profit institutions work together in a changing world. Whether an employer represents the private, public or non-profit sector, the strong background that SAIS students gain in international economics as well as in the politics, culture and history of a region are crucial in advancing organizational goals and in effectively working across sectors.

SAIS Alumni Become Leaders in their Chosen Fields

As a result of SAIS's global outreach and rigorous admissions standards, SAIS students represent the best and the brightest. They come to SAIS to advance their international careers, to understand the forces shaping industry and government, and to gain the tools that will help them to eventually become leaders in their chosen fields. As one of SAIS's alumni put it, 'SAIS not only prepared me for my first job after graduation, it prepared me for career success later in life as well.' For organizations looking for human capital both for today’s jobs and tomorrow’s leadership, SAIS is an important international resource.

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