Employment Outcomes | Key Figures
Professional Skills
Connecting with Employers
Career Treks
Austin (Energy)
Hong Kong
Houston (Energy)
London (Finance)
London (Political Risk, NGOs, Think Tanks etc.)
New York (Asset Management, Private Equity)
New York (Consulting)
New York (Global Banks)
New York (Conflict Management)
San Francisco (Energy)
Washington, DC (Consulting)
Washington, DC (Energy)
Washington, DC (Environment)
Washington, DC (Multilateral)
Washington, DC (Net Impact)
Career Clubs
For Alumni
For Employers
Connect with Us

Talent for the World

We have a proven track record for connecting talented students with rewarding global career opportunities. Through individual coaching, networking events, employer presentations, and career treks, our team of career counselors will help you:
  • Define your career objectives
  • Build professional development skills
  • Meet with alumni working in your chosen field
  • Connect with employers
  • Prepare for internship and job interviews
  • Accept job offers and negotiate salaries

Employment Outcomes

Review the latest Employment Outcomes [2] report for more information about the career-advancing benefits of a degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

employment_outcomes_fact_sheet_2018 [2]

Report data based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2017 and August 2018.

Alumni Network

Our alumni network is known for actively supporting students through career-related activities. Whether meeting with students to discuss industries and organizations, holding informational interviews, or hosting students during employer visits, our connected and active alumni network supports you to build your career.

Past Reports

Class of 2017 Employment Outcomes [3]
Class of 2016 Employment Outcomes [4]
Class of 2015 Employment Outcomes [5]
Class of 2014 Employment Outcomes [6]
Class of 2013 Employment Outcomes [7]
Class of 2012 Employment Outcomes [8]
Class of 2011 Employment Outcomes [9]
Class of 2010 Employment Outcomes [10]


Handshake is your new best friend during your time at the school and after graduation. The portal is used for signing up for events, employer presentations, counseling appointments, as well as applying for jobs and internships, skills courses, treks, and on campus recruiting. 

Self-Assessment Review

Our career coaches offer 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, you may attend a workshop to learn about the results and then meet with a coach to discuss any impact the results may have on your professional development and career choices.

Career Resources

JHU Career Wesbite: [11] This site contains resources applicable to all students across disciples at Johns Hopkins, and is intended to supplement existing career office sites and provide additional resources for our schools that have limited online offerings.
CQ Interactive: [12]
  Interactive case interview preparation website from author of Case In Point, Marc Cosentino.
- Goinglobal: [13] 
Read and download Goinglobal country guides, detailing employment trends and practices in countries worldwide.
ProFellow [14]: Search ProFellow.com's free database of more than 750 fully funded fellowship opportunities, including more than 100 professional fellowship programs abroad. 

The Simple Dollar Employment Guide [15]: A six-step guide to landing your next job from the website, The Simple Dollar.
- InterviewStream [16]
Practice, practice, practice your interview skills! 
Vault Career Library: [17] Read and download Vault Industry & Career Guidebooks. 
VersatilePHD: [18] Versatile PhD is an online community helping graduate students and PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. 
VMock: [19] This online tool provides detailed feedback to improve your resume down to the last bullet point.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)

- PMF Fellows Class of 2016, Presentation for Academic Institutions  [20]



Gaining Experience Through Internships

Domestic and international internships facilitate career exploration and skills development and are tremendously valuable experiences.  Global Careers has a number of resources available to help students identify and seek promising opportunities.  Additionally, many academic programs also work with students in their concentration to develop relevant internships.

75% of MA students participate in full-time internships during the summer between their first and second years and 50% also pursue part-time academic year internships during their second year.  

To learn more about 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.

Summer Internship Fund (SIF)

The Summer Internship Fund (SIF) provides financial assistance to returning students with confirmed unpaid, full-time summer internships in the public, multilateral, or nonprofit sectors.  Awards are available to students on all three campuses, in any concentration, for work in any region between their first and second year (awards are not available for private-sector internships).    

Application materials and instructions are available in the spring. Students receiving funds from an academic program or other Johns Hopkins SAIS source are not eligible for the Summer Internship Fund. In 2017, 102 students received SIF awards with an average amount of $1,250. 

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 sais.dc.careers@jhu.edu [21].

Online Skills Courses - All SAIS Campuses

  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Finance
  • Spreadsheet Modeling 
  • Quantitative Methods 

On Campus Skills Courses -  Washington, DC Campus

Courses are determined based on student survey, student satisfaction, market research, and employer and alumni suggestions. The following courses are a small sample of courses that have been offered in the past:
  • Consulting Skills
  • Financial Modeling
  • Intro, Intermediate & Advanced Excel
  • Intro & Advanced GIS
  • Project Management
  • Intro to Tableau
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Public Speaking & Presentation Skills
  • Intro to Intelligence Analysis
  • Intro to STATA

On Campus Skills Courses - SAIS Europe Campus

  • Intro, Intermediate & Advanced Excel 
  • Elections & Democracy Assistance 

Mini Courses - Hopkins-Nanjing Center Campus

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Data Analytics
  • Doing Business in China
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Cross Border Banking: The US and China
  • Entrepreneurship in China
  • Sports Marketing & Agency in China


SAISLeads is a two-day retreat offered at the end of August to returning and incoming students. This extremely interactive event is designed to explore individual leadership styles and potential and in doing so, better equips students to pursue career paths that are suitable to their personal and professional goals. Not only will participating students apply this knowledge to leadership roles at the school, they will continue this learning process and use these skills during their employment search and throughout their careers.

SAISLeads Plus

SAISLeads Plus is a series of workshops offered throughout the academic year to provide students with a unique experience that will enhance leadership skills.  

  • Leadership Case Study
  • Leadership for Changemakers: Maximizing Your Impact 
  • Creative Leadership
  • Leadership Panel - Alumni in Leadership Position


SAIS Students are*: 

  • Bridge builders: Community-oriented, inclusive, multidisciplinary, and unite around a common purpose
  • Clear communicators: Persuasive, effective writers and speakers
  • Self-starters: Initiative, self-motivated, proactive, pragmatic
  • Motivational mentors: Teamwork-oriented, collaborative, and engage and empower peers

    * According to a 2017 survey led by the Dean's Fellows

Students at the SAISLeads Retreat. 

Employer Presentations

In 2017/18, 123 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.

Career Treks / Site Visits

We organize 20 career treks [22] 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 - DC

Global Careers hosts an annual Career Fair on the Washington, DC campus during the fall semester. The fair is a great way for students to learn about employers and practice their networking skills with 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 US Department of State, the US Department of the Treasury, and the World Bank.

Washington Week - DC

The Washington Week occurs in the fall semester and is a series of panels with alumni or area professionals to give students insight about different industries, including but not limited to, consulting, international development, energy and the environment, US federal government, think thanks, among others.

International Student Networking Event - DC

This event includes a panel of alumni (across all sectors) who share their experiences with networking during their US job search. After the panel discussion students join alumni for small group discussions on the challenges and benefits of networking and to gather advice from alumni.

Alumni Career Advising - SAIS Europe

A signature event on the SAIS Europe Campus is Alumni Weekend which occurs in the spring semester, usually in April. During the 2018 Alumni Weekend, 120+ students participated and 90+ alumni spoke on career advising panels. Panels vary from year to year, but this past year included sector topics such as: Diplomatic Service, Economic Policy, Energy & Environment, EU Institutions, Finance & Banking, International Development, Sovereign Analysis/Country Risk. This is a very popular event; each year, nearly all students participate.

Career Panels

Throughout the academic year, students and alumni participate in career panels, 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. 

Career Treks

We organize 20 sector-focused career treks to Asia, Europe, and North America every year:

Austin (Energy) [23]
Beijing [24]
Brussels [25]
Geneva [26]
Hong Kong [27]
Houston (Energy) [28]
London (Finance) [29]
London (Political Risk, NGOs, Think Tanks, etc.) [30]
New York (Asset Management, Private Equity) [31]
New York (Consulting) [32]
New York (Global Banks) [33]
New York (Conflict Management) [34]
San Francisco (Energy) [35]
Shanghai [36]
Vienna  [37]
Washington, DC (Consulting) [38]
Washington, DC (Energy) [39]
Washington, DC (Environment) [40]
Washington, DC (Multilateral) [41]
Washington, DC (Net Impact) [42]

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 Careers office on your campus.

Students at UNIDO during the 2018 Vienna Career Trek. 

Austin Energy Trek

During the 2018 Austin Energy Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • Austin Technology Incubator
  • EDF Energy-Water Initiatives
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas

    Students at Austin Technology Incubator during the 2018 Austin Energy Career Trek

Beijing Trek

During the 2018 Beijing Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • Bloomberg
  • China Policy
  • EU Chamber of Commerce
  • Ogilvy
  • People’s Daily
  • Pfizer
  • PwC
  • U.S.- China Business Council
  • U.S. Embassy

Students at PWC during the 2018 Beijing Career Trek

Brussels Trek

During the 2018 Brussels Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • Bruegel
  • Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
  • Europe Analytica
  • European Commission
  • European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Kois Invest
  • NATO Headquarters
  • NATO Parliamentary Assembly
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Students at the European Commission during the 2018 Brussels Career Trek

Geneva Trek

During the 2017 Geneva Trek, participating organizations included:

  • GAVI – The Vaccine Alliance Secretariat
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the UN
  • The International Environmental House
  • The Sphere Project
  • United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

Students at the UN Mission during the 2017 Geneva Career Trek

Asia Trek/Hong Kong

During the 2018 Asia/Hong Kong Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • BNP Paribas
  • Citi
  • Fitch Ratings
  • HSBC
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Natixis
  • Thomson Reuters

    Students at Fitch Ratings during the 2018 Asia Career 

Houston Energy Trek

During the 2018 Houston Energy Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • Control Risks
  • Deloitte
  • ExxonMobil
  • GE Power
  • S&P Global Platts
  • Shell
  • Tellurian Investments
  • Waste Management
  • Wood Mackenzie

Students at Shell during the 2018 Houston Career Trek

London Finance Trek 

During the 2017 London  Finance Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • Credit Agricole CIB
  • Credit Suisse
  • Fieldstone
  • Fitch Ratings
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Power Capital
  • S&P Global Platts


Students during the 2017 London Finance Career Trek

London Trek

During the 2018 London Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • BMI Research
  • Control Risks
  • Eurasia Group
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Exotix Partners
  • Information Handling Services (IHS)
  • Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC)
  • UBS

Students at IHS Markit during the 2018 London Career Trek 

New York Asset Management & Private Equity Trek

During the 2018 New York Asset Management & Private Equity Trek, participating organizations included:

  • BlackRock
  • Offit Capital

Students at Offit Capital during the 2018 New York Asset Management Career Trek

New York Consulting Trek

During the 2018 New York Consulting Trek, participating organizations included:

  • A.T. Kearney
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • PwC
  • ReD Associates

New York Global Banks Trek

During the 2017 New York Global Banks Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • Citi
  • Goldman Sachs
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley


Students at Goldman Sachs during the 2017 New York Global Banks Career Trek

New York Conflict Management Trek

During the 2018 New York Conflict Management Trek, participating organizations included:

  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Crisis Group
  • International Peace Institute
  • United Nations


Students at the International Peace Institute during the 2018 New York Conflict Management Career Trek

San Francisco Energy Trek

During the 2018 San Francisco Energy Trek, participating organizations included:

  • Apple
  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
  • Google
  • NEXTracker
  • NRG
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Pattern Energy
  • Stem
  • SunPower
  • Sunrun
  • Tesla
  • U.S. Forest Service

Students at BNEF during the 2018 San Francisco Career Trek

Asia Trek/ Shanghai

During the 2018 Asia/Shanghai Trek, participating organizations included:

  • APCO
  • Blackpeak
  • Deloitte
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KPMG
  • Wells Fargo

Students at Wells Fargo during the 2018 Asia Career Trek

Vienna Trek

During the 2018 Vienna Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • Austrian National Bank
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • OMV
  • Organization for Security & Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Sustainable Energy for All
  • UNIDO, United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • United Nations
  • Verbund
  • World Bank

Students at OMV during the 2018 Vienna Career Trek

Washington, DC Consulting Trek

During the 2017 DC Consulting Trek, participating organizations included: 

  • Dalberg
  • Frontier Strategy Group
  • Metis Strategy



Washington, DC Energy Trek

During the 2018 DC Energy Trek, participating organizations included:

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • ICF
  • IHS Markit
  • Oracle/Opower
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Tetra Tech

Students at ICF during the 2018 DC Energy Career Trek

Washington, DC Environment 

During the 2018 DC Environment Trek, participating organizations included:

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • World Resources Institute

    Students at  World Resources Institute during the 2018 DC Environment Career Trek

Washington, DC Multilateral Trek

During the 2018 DC Multilateral Trek, participating organizations included:

  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Finance Corporation
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank Group

Students at the World Bank/IFC during the 2018 DC Multilateral Career Trek

Washington, DC Net Impact Trek

During the 2017 DC Net Impact Trek, participating organizations included:

  • Grameen Foundation
  • Omidyar Network
  • Technoserve
  • Walmart’s Sustainability Department

Students at the Grameen Foundation during the 2017 DC Net Impact Trek 

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 the school.  Career Clubs also provide leadership opportunities for students.

See the list of current Career Clubs below:

- Careers in Development
- Careers in Diplomacy
Consulting [44]
- Defense & Intelligence
- Energy & Environment
- Entrepreneurship
- Global Security & Conflict Management
Global Women in Leadership [45]
- International Finance
- International Law
- International Organizations
- International Trade
- Net Impact


Quinn Campbell, Wenwan Gong, Yoori Kim, and Elias Dammann, MA '18, receiving the 2018 Career Club of the Year award on behalf of the SAIS Consulting Club. 

If you are interested in our coaching services

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 sais.dc.careers@jhu.edu [46] 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!

Getting Involved at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Alumni continue to be one of our key assets for recruiting!  You know the curriculum, you recognize the quality of students and faculty, 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. Below are some of the ways we ask alumni to engage with students. If you have any questions please contac us at sais.dc.careers@jhu.edu [46]

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.

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

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.

Talk with an Expert Information Sessions: If you would like to speak on a specific professional development topic or subject to a group of students, please let us know.

Washington Week: Speak in a series of panels to give students insight about different industries, including but not limited to, consulting, international development, energy and the environment, US federal government, think thanks, among others.

International Student Networking Event: Share your experiences with networking during your US job search.  After the panel discussion students join alumni for small group discussions on the challenges and benefits of networking and to gather advice from alumni.

Mentoring Program: Serve as a mentor via the 1-on-1 career development mentoring program. The relationship is intended to target longer term career exploration/development. 

Recruiting at Johns Hopkins SAIS

See below a list of opportunities to connect with your next hire. Please contact the staff member at the campus located most conveniently to you in terms of distance or time zone (see 'Connect with Us' tab), or contact Janet Burrowes, Associate Director for Employers Relations, jburrowes@jhu.edu [47] or +1.202.663.7797.

Sourcing Global Talent

Job & Internships Postings: You are welcome to advertise open positions on Handshake, a free, online job posting and internship resource for 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.  Presentations 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. 

Employer Site Visits: For employers near one of our locations, we can easily arrange to bring a group of students to your site for a presentation by your human resources staff and/or by alumni employed at your organization.

Career Fair: Global Career Services hosts an annual Career Fair in the fall on the Washington, DC 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.

Career Treks: Global Career Services organizes 14 career treks every year to cities in the United States, Asia and Europe. Career treks provide you with the opportunity to network with students who are interested in learning about future employment opportunities. 

Video Interviewing:  If you want to interview students without incurring travel costs, we can facilitate video interviewing.

Career Clubs:  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 a select group of students.

Connect with Us

Washington, DC 
sais.dc.careers@jhu.edu [48]

SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy)
sais.eu.careers@jhu.edu [49]

Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China)
mhoffman@jhu.edu [50]

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