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SAIS graduates are employed all over the world and across every sector—public, private, nonprofit and multilateral. Discover opportunities here that may be right for you.

Use your SAIS degree to find a place among the world's leading organizations.

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Students graduate from SAIS and use their knowledge and skills to help improve the lives of millions around the world.

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International Students
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Houston Energy Trek
London Finance Trek
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Asia Trek
Beijing Trek
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SAIS graduate programs prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers in international relations and international economics. To get you there, we help you identify your talents, explore careers, research organizations of interest, pursue job and internship opportunities and connect with alumni.

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Planning and Resources

Career Services offers a variety of resources to assist full-time Master's students and alumni in their professional development. From their first day on campus, students are enrolled in a Professional Development Course that begins the process of developing a strategic plan to reach desired career outcomes. Additional services range from providing guidance and goal setting to helping students gain experience in their chosen professional field while crafting an effective job search strategy.

Individual Career Planning

Career Services offers a variety of resources to assist students and alumni in their professional development. Our services range from providing guidance and goal setting to helping students gain experience in their chosen professional field while crafting an effective job search strategy. Due to differences in staffing resources across the three campuses of SAIS, some services and programs are not offered on all three campuses. Students with questions about which campus offers certain specific services and programs should contact the Career Services office on that campus.
Professional Development Course
The Professional Development Course is an outcome of the strategic plan adopted by the SAIS Advisory Council to :ensure that SAIS not only remains a leader, but also establishes a new standard for international affairs education in a challenging new era."  The purpose of the course is to equip students with a set of fundamental skills necessary to be successful in the job search and to explain the resources, services and programs that are available to SAIS students.  One of the objectives of the course is for each student to develop an individualized professional development plan that will guide their time at SAIS and ultimately help them reach their career goals.  Successful completion of the course enables students to begin working one-on-one with members of our counseling team in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
Self-Assessment Review
Career Services offers two self-assessment tools for current students seeking to clarify and explore their career goals: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and CareerLeader. After taking these online assessments, students may attend a workshop to learn about the results and then they meet with a counselor to discuss any impact the results may have on their professional development and career choice. 
Same-Day Appointments
Career Services offers "same-day appointments" for urgent questions and time-sensitive cover letter and resume reviews.  Students may sign-up for these 15 minute appointments beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the appointment by coming in to the Career Services office. 
Counseling Appointments
These appointments are designed to support students throughout the development and implementation of their internship or job search strategy. Some of the common issues covered in these sessions include:
  • Preparing a professional development plan
  • Researching sectors, fields and employers
  • Providing linkages to SAIS alumni and professionals in all fields and sectors
  • Identifying and pursuing year-round or summer internships
  • Assisting with the job hunt process

Students may schedule appointments to meet with counselors through SAISWorks.

Mock Interviews
Students can schedule a time to conduct a mock interview with a counselor. Students will need to provide a job description of the employer of interest and any application materials. The meeting will include practicing interview questions followed by feedback on content and presentation style in the mock interview.


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.  Click here to view the guide.
Interview Stream
In addition to conducting mock interviews with a counselor, you can use this online tool to help you refine your message to best sell your skills in a professional and effective manner. InterviewStream also takes away the stress and challenge of fine tuning your message with someone you do not know. 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. When your answers are fine tuned, you have the choice to e-mail your interview to classmates and friends for objective feedback. The website also provides tips for non-verbal behaviors and communication missteps. To get started, SAIS students and alumni should login to SAISWorks.
Through SAISWorks, Career Services provides links to both General and International Job and Internship Search Engines.  SAISWorks is also the mechanism by which students schedule appointments with counselors, sign-up for workshops and skills courses and find job and internship postings for both entry and mid-level opportunities.  Under the "documents library" in SAISWorks, students will also find many valuable resources and policy documents.  It is very advantageous for SAIS students to become familiar with SAISWorks as soon as they arrive on campus.
Fellowship Links
Search research, internship and fellowship opportunities.

International Students

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; and professional development workshops on themes of special interest to international students.  For answers to career questions facing international students please see the "International Students Frequently Asked Questions" handout in the SAISWorks documents library.

Gaining Experience Through Internships

Internships faciliate career exploration and skills development and SAIS values the benefits gained through domestic and international internships. 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. Check out this guide to the internship-seeking process, which covers why, when and how to find an internship. More

Meet With a Counselor
Review your search strategy, brainstorm new ideas or look for contacts working with employers of interest. First-year M.A. students must complete the Professional Development Course before they can set up an appointment with a counselor.
Summer Internship Evaluation Surveys

Approximately three quarters 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 half 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 across all sectors and in most regions of the world.

To learn more about student internships, 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 survys can be found on SAISWorks, the internet based multi-career-resource tool available to SAIS students on all three campuses 24-7.
Summer Travel Safety Information
Information about travel safety can be found in the SAIS Insider Portal under the student services tab, student travel section.
Through SAISWorks, Career Services provides links to both General and International Job and Internship Search Engines.






Summer Internship Fund

The Summer Internship Fund provides limited financial assistance to first-year students with confirmed unpaid, full-time summer internships. Awards are intended to supplement student resources to meet the general costs of their internship.  Awards are available to students on all three campuses, in any concentration, for work in any region in the nonprofit or public sectors.  Awards are not available for private sector internships.


First-year master's students who are returning to complete their studies at SAIS on any campus may receive an award one time during the period of their studies. This also applies to students who begin their studies in the second semester and for dual-degree students. 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. Applications will only be accepted for confirmed full-time (what is considered a full-time schedule within the organization) unpaid internships lasting a minimum of one month in the nonprofit or public sectors.  Students receiving funds from an academic program or other SAIS sources are not eligible for Summer Internship Funds. Summer Internship Fund grants are also not available for the following:
  • All language study opportunities
  • All teaching opportunities (i.e. teaching of English as a second language)
  • Independent research (i.e. research conducted independently and not directly tied to internship job description)


Awards are intended to supplement personal resources to meet the general costs of an internship (i.e. vaccinations, airfare, living expenses, insurance, visas, etc.). Award amounts vary from year to year depending on multiple factors, including the total amount of funds available, the number of students who apply for funding and the duration of each student's internship.

Funding Sources

Award funds come from several sources, including general funds from SAIS and through annual fundraising efforts of the Student Government Association. There are also several alumni funds earmarked for internships in specific sectors, regions and fields. These include: the environment, private sector, Central Asia/Asia, as well as funds specifically earmarked for public service internships in the U.S. government.






Career Treks

The Career Services staff in our offices in Washington, D.C., SAIS Europe and at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center organize sector-focused treks to Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Brussels, Geneva, New York, Houston and other cities. Treks provide valuable opportunities for students to visit employer sites, hear alumni speak about their careers and gain insight into the hiring requirements of some of our top employers. Trek opportunities vary for students on each campus.  In past years, Career Services staff members have helped students in various Career Clubs coordinate treks to other cities as well. If you are interested in helping to organize a trek, contact your Career Club president or contact the Career Services office on your campus.

New York Finance Trek

To coincide with the Wall Street recruiting season, Career Services organizes a New York City Finance Trek in early fall.  Participating organizations have included Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley.

New York United Nations Trek

The January New York Career Trek is a career exploration and alumni networking program for SAIS students interested in the United Nations.  Participating agencies have included UNCDF, UNICEF, and the UN Secretariat.

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.  Participating organizations have included ConocoPhillips, Deloitte, Exxon Mobil, GE Power & Water, Halliburton and SURGE Accelator, a start-up devoted to supporting energy innovators. 


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. Participating companies have included Citibank, Goldman Sachs, ING, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Rogge Global Partners.

Brussels, Geneva and London Treks

The SAIS Europe Career Services team organizes Career Treks to major European cities for students interested in exploring opportunities with businesses, think thanks, nonprofits, European and multilateral organizations. Participating employers have included: (Brussels) Burson Marstellar, the European Commission, the International Crisis Group and NATO; (Geneva) International Trade Centre, UNDP, UNHCR and the WTO; (London) the Economist Intelligence Unit, Eurasia Group, Human Rights Watch, IHS and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Asia Trek

For nearly ten years, SAIS Career Services has organized an inter-session Career Trek to Shanghai and Hong Kong 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. Participating organizations have included Bain, Citi, Converse, Deloitte, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley.

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 and meet many Beijing-based alumni during an alumni reception.  Participating organizations have included BCG, the Gates Foundation, Pfizer, the U.S.-China Business Council, the U.S. Embassy and Weber Shandwick.


Professional Skills Courses

Career Services offers a series of Professional Skills Courses each semester, including several online courses which are also available during the summer and the winter inter-session.  Online skills courses are open to current SAIS students and SAIS alumni. Courses taught on campus are open only to current SAIS students and to alumni on a space-available basis.  Skills courses are not open to students on other JHU campuses or to the general public.  Alumni seeking more information on skills courses should contact Martina Leinz at

Fall Semester 2015 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 fall semester online skills courses for SAIS students on all three campuses is open until November 15, 2015 and courses must be completed by December 15, 2015.  Registration for spring semester 2016 online skills courses will open in late December so students may work on them during the winter inter-session. 

Fall Semester 2015 Skills Courses at the Washington, D.C. Campus

The following skills courses will be held on the Washington, D.C. campus during the fall 2015 semester: Consulting Skills, Corporate Valuation, Elections & Democracy Assistance, Beginning & Intermediate MS Excel, Introduction to GIS, Introduction to Political Risk Analysis, Practices of International Mediation, Preparing & Delivering a Briefing and Writing for Results:Policy Memos. Course syllabi and a fall schedule of skills courses is posted in SAISWorks in the “Document Library.” 

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

Fall Semester 2015 Skills Courses at the SAIS Europe Campus

Our SAIS Europe Career Services team will organize a series of Excel courses during the fall semester. For further information and registration instructions, please contact Meera Shankar at

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.
CS203 IT for Management (An Online Course) Technical/Quantitative (200) SAIS Europe | Nanjing, China | 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.






Career Clubs

Career Clubs are an excellent opportunity for students with similar professional interests to work together on exploring the field and employers in that sector.  Career Services works 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.  This is a sampling of Career Clubs at SAIS:
  • Careers in Development
  • Careers in Diplomacy
  • Consulting, Energy & Environment
  • Global Security & Conflict Management
  • Global Women in Leadership
  • International Finance
  • International Organizations
  • International Trade
  • Net Impact and Toastmasters

Career Fair on the Washington D.C. Campus

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.

Employer Presentations and Site Visits

Throughout the year, top SAIS employers participate 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. Career Services also arranges 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.

Professional Skills Courses

Career Services offers students a series of optional, non-credit, co-curricular professional skills courses each semester to augment the academic curriculum.  Courses offered include a mix of finance and accounting, techinical and quantitative, oral and written communication, and management and leadership.  For more detailed information, please click on the "Professional Skills Courses" tab on this website.   

Mini Courses on the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Campus

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Career Services office coordinates professionally focused mini courses taught by pratcitioners 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.


Throughout the academic year, Career Services staff host a variety of workshops to help students gain a competitive edge when searching for internships and employment opportunities. Workshops are designed to provide specific job search tools and skills, including résumé writing, interviewing, networking and negotiating. Additional programs are designed for particular industry sectors.


Class of 2014 Employment Outcomes

This data reflects employment statistics based on results of a survey of SAIS MA students who graduated between December 2013 and August 2014. Of the graduates who completed the survey, 94% sought and found employment, obtained fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation. 
To review the complete Employment Outcomes Report for 2014 and previous years, please click on the link below.
Current and Previous Years Employment Outcomes

Private Sector Employment

Half 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 Employment

Of the 2014 MA graduating class, 19 percent 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
  • Overseas Private Investment Corp (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 Employment

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

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

The multilateral sector employed 13 percent of the SAIS MA class of 2014. 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 Multileral 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







Whether you are looking for help in your own job search or would like to help current students in their professional development, Career Services is here to work with you. 


The SAIS Washington, D.C. campus has a dedicated alumni career counselor to help you review your job-search strategy, update your resume, or obtain contacts at employers of interest. To schedule a meeting, please dial 202-663-5710 or email  Meetings can also be conducted via Skype or telephone. Please be sure to upload a current resume and profile in SAISworks before you schedule a meeting. 


Gain access to more than 1,000 SAIS alumni and a variety of jobs for both mid-and advanced-level candidates through SAISWorks, an online jobs database.  SAISWorks also offers the ability to set-up search agents that automatically e-mail a user-defined list of opportunities.  To obtain a SAISWorks log-in and password, Click here.


LinkedIn has become the primary social media tool for professional networking. Join the SAIS LinkedIn group of more than 6,000 individuals to network with alumni worldwide and to view jobs for mid- and advanced-level candidates.   Click here to join.

Proactive job seekers understand the value of social media for both learning about opportunities and marketing themselves to employers. Employers meanwhile are using social media for candidate searches and background checks, so managing your “public” face, messaging and branding is vitally important. There are a number of ways that you can improve your marketing to employers using this tool.

1. Improve your profile.  Research tells us that employers focus on three areas when they search for possible job candidates on LinkedIn: the headline, your summary and specializations, and yes, your photo.  Most of us just plug in our education and job titles, but much can be done to emphasize your employment goals, your special skills and background and the value added you might offer an employer. Think what it is you have to offer an employer and emphasize those skills and qualities in your headline, summary and specializations.  For inspiration, check out the profiles of people you admire.

2. Post a professional photo. Make sure that you select a high-quality professional headshot of you alone.; no group shots. Avoid dark, poorly taken photos, or photos that show you at less than your professional best. And remember, your photos on any other social media site, especially Facebook, are available to employers as well. Monitor your on-line presence at all times.

3. Collect recommendations.  Ideally, you will post at least one recommendation associated with every relevant job or internship you have held.

4. Join a group that is expressly for members working in or interested in your career field. There are many special interest groups on LinkedIn, some related to SAIS alumni.  Most of these groups have a “Jobs” section. Once you have joined a group, comment on discussions of interest to get yourself noticed. 

So remember – be thoughtful about your on-line presence, monitor it, and be strategic in finding ways to help employers identify you as the perfect candidate, while being proactive in networking with those that might be able to help you in your job search.

Professional Skills Courses

Career Services offers online skills courses to alumni in accounting, finance, spreadsheet modeling, and quantitative methods. Syllabi and registration instructions are available by emailing Martina Leinz at  

Current SAIS students have priority for registration for skills courses taught on the Washington, D.C. campus and they typically fill very quickly.  They are open to alumni only a space-available basis.  For further information, please contact Martina Leinz at     






How You Can Help

Alumni are a wonderful resource to students for exploring career fields, polishing their job-search skills or understanding the recruiting process.  Many alumni direct their help through our Career Clubs, which co-sponsor some of the events listed below.  

If you would like to be a resource for current students, 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 in advance for your willingness to help SAIS students.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Presentations

If you would like to speak on a specific professional development topic or subject to a group of students, please let us know more about it by emailing

  • Career Treks

Help us coordinate alumni panels and employer visits for a group of students in your city or region.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Recruiting at SAIS

Alumni 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.   

Thank you for your continued interest in SAIS and for the assistance you lend to our students.

Why Hire From SAIS?

Students choose the SAIS education based on its reputation for academic excellence combined with its pragmatic approach to the study of international relations. With its three-fold emphasis on economics, area studies and language, SAIS students are well-prepared to enter careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. SAIS graduates can be found in leadership positions in all fields.

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 including global investment banking and securities firms, 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 Students 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.






On-Campus Recruitment Opportunities

Career Services at SAIS is committed to helping organizations recruit first-rate talent for internships and full-time employment. Our on-campus recruiting program allows employers to post an open position, collect resumes and select candidates to interview on one or multiple SAIS campuses. We offer a variety of other resources to employers as outlined on the following pages.

Career Fair in Washington D.C.
Career Services hosts an annual Career Fair during the fall semester in mid-October. 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. 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. 

2015 SAIS Washington D.C. Career Fair Registration Information
The 2015 Career Fair will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Kenney Auditorium, located in the Nitze Building at 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. To register, click here or contact Janet Burrowes at
Career Day on the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Campus

Since 1991,  the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has hosted an annual career seminar in Shanghai where graduating HNC students hear from over 50 panelists in various industries including consulting, energy and environment, financial services, government service and NGOs.  If you are interested in participating in Career Day, please contact Robbie Shields at

Employer Presentations

Employer presentations are an effective way to provide students with an overview of your organization, while building brand awareness on campus. Presentations can be either formal or informal and often range from auditorium style engagements complete with technical support to informal “brown-bag” lunches with smaller groups of students. Our office can also arrange for your event to be catered. Please contact Career Services to schedule an employer presentation. 

Career Clubs

SAIS students are actively involved in a variety of sector-specific career clubs, including: 

  • Careers in Development
  • Careers in Diplomacy
  • Consulting, Energy & Environment
  • Global Security & Conflict Management
  • Global Women in Leadership
  • International Finance
  • International Organizations
  • International Trade
  • Net Impact and Toastmasters

Employers are often invited to work with the clubs on their various events, allowing employers an opportunity to target and network with select groups of students.






Other Opportunities to Engage with Students

Career Treks

Career Services organizes a number of career treks for students each year to cities such as New York, London, Brussels, Geneva, Hong Kong and Beijing. Past career treks have been organized to San Francisco, Houston and Shanghai. In New York, career treks have involved site visits to organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Goldman Sachs, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations and others. Career treks provide employers with the opportunity to network with students who are interested in learning about future employment opportunities. If your organization is interested in hosting an event during a SAIS career trek, please contact our office.

Employer Site Visits

For employers in the Washington, D.C., area, we can easily arrange to bring a group of SAIS students to your site for a presentation by your human resources staff or by SAIS alumni employed at your organization. Students are always eager to learn about the internship and hiring needs of area organizations.

Video Conferencing

For employers who want to interview students without incurring travel costs, Career Services can facilitate video interviewing. Please contact Janet Burrowes, Associate Director for Employer Relations, JBurrowes@jhu.eduor 202.663.7797 for more information.





Job and Internship Postings

Employers who have an opportunity they would like to share with SAIS students may send the job or internship posting with a description and application instructions to and we will quickly post the announcement for all students to see.  The announcement will also be automatically be e-mailed to all students who have indicated special interest in your employer or field.


Employers are also welcome to post open positions themselves on SAISWorks, a free, online job posting and internship resource for SAIS students which allows them to respond directly to the posting organization. Positions reach our current students and experienced alumni around the globe and remain posted for 30 days unless otherwise advised. SAISWorks also maintains employer profiles and event listings. 

SAISWorks allows employers to post job and internship opportunities, register for career fairs, request on-campus interview dates, and register to participate in employer presentations if these events are held on the Washington, DC campus.

To access these services, employers need to have a password for SAISWorks. To obtain a password, please contact Janet Burrowes, Associate Director for Employer Relations, , 202.663.7797.

Résumé Collections

In addition to posting an opportunity, Career Services can prepare customized books of cover letters and résumés for your consideration from qualified candidates who express specific interest in your job or internship posting. These books can be put into PDF format and e-mailed to you on your requested timetable. For more information about résumé collections, please contact Janet Burrowes, Associate Director for Employer Relations, or 202.663.7797.


Contact Our Team

For employers interested in connecting with students on the Washington, D.C. campus, please contact Janet Burrowes, or 202.663.7797
For employers interested in connecting with students on the SAIS Europe campus, please contact Meera Shankar,, +
For employers interested in connecting with students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, please contact Robert Shields, or