- Career Services
Students may schedule appointments to meet with counselors through SAISWorks.
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
More than 75 percent of SAIS graduates from the class of 2013 participated in summer internship opportunities to complement their academic training and to build their professional credentials, and 47 percent 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 2013 completed summer internships across all sectors and in most regions of the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Registration for returning SAIS students on all three campuses for fall semester online Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) skills courses is currently open in SAISWorks. Registration will remain open for all HBSP online courses until November 15, 2014 and students will have until December 15, 2014 to complete the courses and pass the final exams. These deadlines are firm. SAIS alumni, including recent graduates, should contact Martina Leinz at email@example.com for registration information.
Registration for returning SAIS students on all three campuses for a new online course in Adaptive Leadership debuting this fall in cooperation with Acumen, will open on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EST. This course will require some in-person group participation on each campus.
The following skills courses, subject to change, will be held on the Washington, D.C. campus during the fall 2014 semester: Consulting Skills, Corporate Valuation, Beginning & Intermediate MS Excel, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Introduction to Political Risk Analysis, Nuclear Energy Science & Technology for Policy Makers, Preparing & Delivering a Briefing and Writing for Results: Policy Memos. Course syllabi and a fall schedule of skills courses will be posted when available 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Ann Gagliardi at email@example.com.
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.
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.
SAIS graduates are employed all over the world. While the majority of 2013 SAIS graduates found employment in the United States, 25 percent are working internationally in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
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 2013 (non-dual degree), median full-time salaries for each sector were as follows:
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.
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 graduating class of 2013 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 multilateral sector employed 17 percent of the SAIS class of 2013. 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.
2013 Multileral Sector Employers:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Career Services offers online skills courses to alumni in accounting, finance, spreadsheet modeling, quantitative methods and information technology for management. Syllabi and registration instructions are available by emailing Martina Leinz at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us coordinate alumni panels and employer visits for a group of students in your city or region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
SAIS students are actively involved in a variety of sector-specific career clubs, including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com , 202.663.7797.
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, JBurrowes@jhu.edu or 202.663.7797.
For employers interested in connecting with students on the Washington, D.C. campus, please contact Janet Burrowes,
firstname.lastname@example.org 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,