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Six Ways that SIPA OCS Can Help with Your Career

SIPA Office of Career ServicesThe Office of Career Services (OCS) provides students and alumni with tools to manage their professional development. OCS offers a variety of services to help current students and alumni find their career paths, such as individual career advising; required professional development courses; networking events, on-campus recruitment sessions, professional networking opportunities, and internship grants. Throughout the semester, OCS organizes numerous activities and services aimed at informing students about their options in internships and full time jobs.

As a first year student, you will benefit from the professional panels where you can learn about possible employers and the procedure to apply to future positions. Some of the employers that have participated in these panels are: The Federal Reserve Bank of NY, the Central Intelligence Agency, Human Right Watch, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Eurasia Group.

As career development is a tenet of SIPA’s core curriculum, the OCS supports students’ career paths in the following ways:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

The Professional Development class, which is administered through OCS, heightens the awareness and involvement of students in career planning.  This mandatory half-credit course develops the skills needed to compete effectively in the international and public affairs job markets.  Instructors provide direction on writing resumes and cover letters, job search tactics, successful interviewing, networking, negotiating employment offers, and other key career topics.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT

Students are required to conduct an internship as part of their degree requirement, and this is also administered through OCS.  The internship is typically done in the summer between the first and second year, although it can be completed at any time during the program.

INDIVIDUAL SERVICES

On an individual level, OCS career advisers provide students and alumni with career advice, job search strategy tips, resume and cover letter reviews, and general career information.  OCS also maintains the SIPA Career Coaching (SIPACC) program, which is comprised of alumni working in a variety of jobs who provide industry specific information and advice.  Students can arrange appointments once they have registered for classes in August through SIPAlink, our recruitment software.  (See more )

WEEKLY ONLINE NEWSLETTER

To update students on programming and services, OCS compiles a weekly newsletter that lists information on career events, fellowship opportunities, upcoming recruitment visits, job/internship postings, and other essential information for their job search.  (See more )

JOB DATABASE

OCS offers a database of current positions, including internships, for both current students and alumni in a variety of professional fields. The database, which can be access through SIPAlink, has proved to be quite useful to current students in helping them to find internships.

If you are curious on what other things OCS does, visit our past blog post or go to the SIPA OCS website: http://new.sipa.columbia.edu/careers/career-services.

CAREER COACHING

Finally, SIPA Career Coaching (SIPACC) is offered free of charge by experts in the field. SIPACCs are full-time professionals who volunteer throughout the year to offer industry-specific knowledge to current students. Sessions run 30 minutes and Seeples can sign up for them in SIPAlink, SIPA’s job and internship database. Within the sessions, SIPA Career Coaches will:

  • Dispense industry-specific job advice in their field(s).
  • Share their knowledge about various career opportunities related to the advisee’s SIPA concentration or specialization.
  • Establish steps that should be undertaken by the advisee in order to advance in a particular industry.
  • Offer other career advice at their discretion.

SIPA students and alumni can sign up for three coaching sessions per semester.

SIPA’s Office of Career Services is another reason why SIPA may be the place for you. We hope to see you this coming year!

Payne International Development Fellowship Program is Now Welcoming Applications!

The Donald Payne International Development Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Donald Payne International Development Fellowship Program at https://www.paynefellows.org! The application deadline is January 19th, 2018.

The Donald Payne International Development Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship.

The Payne Fellowship is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Program, administered by Howard University, which seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in USAID. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will have a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Program Benefits

  • An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2018
  • Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2018 and one overseas at a USAID Mission in summer 2019.
  • Up to $22,000 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as development, economics, public administration, public policy, business administration agriculture, environmental sciences, or urban planning at a U.S.-based institution.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in USAID Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and USAID policy, with each Payne Fellow committing to a minimum of three years of service.

Eligibility requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2018 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

About USAID Foreign Service

USAID Foreign Service Officers work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times, including poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism. They are part of a corps of officers who have worked for more than fifty years to make lasting improvements to the lives of millions of people around the globe. USAID Foreign Service Officers are stationed in Washington and in more than 75 countries in five regions worldwide – Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia, Asia, and the Middle East. They work alongside colleagues from other U.S. government agencies to achieve our country’s foreign policy objectives in democracy and governance, economic growth and trade, peace and security, education and health, conflict mitigation and humanitarian response.

Program Contact: paynefellows@howard.edu, 202-806-5952

SIPA Wins 1st Prize in Columbia’s Solvathon

Congratulations to our Seeples! Alok S. Viswan (MPA, EPD ’19), Anjana Shyamnath (MPA-DP ’18) and Sachin Sharma (MPA, IFEP ’18) won first prize in the 36 hour long, Solvathon 2017, organized by Columbia Impact of Columbia Business School, an interdisciplinary competition which saw over 50 teams participate from different schools of the University. Citi Ventures, Bloc Power, and Viewpoint Health sponsored the competition. The event involved teamwork to provide technology-based solutions that would have high social impact in response to the real world problems. This team utilized a combination of sensor technology and cloud based platforms for data sharing and storage to conduct real time quality monitoring and tracking of critical liquid commodities in transit in areas of natural disasters.

What you should know about SIPA’s International Dual-Degree Programs

As a member school of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), SIPA offers a International Dual-Degree Program to our MPA/MIA students. Students in this program have the opportunity to spend one of the two years of their MPA/MIA program to study at a foreign partner school. This program gives students the chance to study public policy from an international perspective with exposure to different academic, cultural, and professional environment. Here are some things you need to know about the International Dual-Degree Program.

Which schools offer international dual degrees with SIPA?
SIPA has a partnership with six policy schools around the world, including Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the FGV-EAESP in São Paulo, the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo, and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

When do I begin my study aboard if I am in this program?
Students in the international dual-degree program would spend one year at SIPA and another year at a partner school. For each program — except for the one with Sciences Po Paris — students are free to choose whether to  spend the first year at SIPA or at a partner school. The program with Sciences Po Paris is a fixed-track one, in which all students must spend their first year in Paris and the second year at SIPA.

If I want to start from SIPA, how do I apply?
If you plan to spend the first year at SIPA, you need to go through the regular SIPA admissions process. All the requirements are the same as the regular two-year MPA/MIA application, including the materials you need to submit and the deadlines. When you are matriculated at SIPA, you need to talk to your academic adviser about dual-degree program and apply to a partner school accordingly.

If I want to start from a partner school, how do I apply?
If you plan to spend the first year at a partner school, you need to apply through their website. The following programs has various application requirements and deadlines, so please follow the school’s instructions and contact their respective admissions offices if you have questions or need further information. More information for each program is below:

Do I get two degrees from both schools?
Yes, you could get a MIA or MPA degree from SIPA and also a relevant degree from the partner school. See the links above to confirm which degrees qualify for the program at each institution.

How do I pay tuition?
Students will pay SIPA tuition when they are studying in residence at SIPA, and the partner school tuition for the other year. For the SIPA side, you can find the estimated tuition, fees and cost here. For the partner school side, you will need to review the links referred above to find about their tuition and cost.

What is the language of instruction?
English is the language of instruction for all programs with the exception of the FGV-EAESP’s Master in Management and Public Policy in São Paulo, where the language of instruction is Portuguese (The language of instruction for the Master in International Management is English).  Therefore applicants to this program should know Portuguese, as well as English.

What courses should I choose when studying in a partner school?
If you study at a partner school during the first year, you are encouraged to satisfy as many SIPA core requirements as possible by taking approved equivalent courses. During the second year at SIPA, you will need to complete any remaining core requirements in addition to your concentration and specialization requirements. If you start at SIPA, you are required to complete all core courses  in the first year, with the exception of capstone workshop. The second year curriculum is determined by the partner school. You can consult with your academic adviser and the dual-degree coordinator to figure out which courses can be used to satisfy SIPA requirements, as well as the partner school’s requirements.

Who do I contact to find out more?
Please contact Alleyne Waysome, assistant dean of Office of Student Affairs for more info on the International Dual-Degree Programs at sipa_osa@columbia.edu.

I’m still confused.
Don’t worry. Just look at the chart below.

Program
Location
SIPA Degree
Partner  Degree
Enrollment Preference
Instruction Language
How to Apply
Fundação Getulio Vargas Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
MPA or MIA
Master in International Management
Start at either school
 English
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.
Master in Management and Public Policy
Portuguese/ English
Hertie School of Governance
Berlin, Germany
MPA or MIA
MPP or MIA
Start at either school
English
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.
London School of Economics and Political Science
London, England
MPA or MIA
MPA
Start at either school, but if you start at LSE you can only pursue the MPA at SIPA
English
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Singapore
MPA or MIA
MPP
Start at either school
English
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.
Sciences Po
Paris, France
MIA
MIA
Start at Sciences Po
English
Students submit a single “dual degree” application to Sciences Po. If admitted the admission decision is applicable to both schools.
MPA
MPP
University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy
Tokyo, Japan
MPA/MIA
MPP
Start at either school
English
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.

Seeples Spotlight: Nick Calbos

And finally, our fourth new PA for this semester is Nick Calbos. He is studying Energy and Environment/International Security Policy. After commissioning as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army, Nick was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, leading soldiers in a variety of challenging assignments on the Korean Peninsula. From 2012-2013 he was deployed to Afghanistan as a combat advisor to an Afghan National Army infantry battalion in Kandahar province. Following his service in the military, Nick participated in a specialized internship at Goldman Sachs, working primarily in sales and trading. He earned his undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 2009.

What attracted you to SIPA and Columbia University?
I first visited Columbia while I was completing my undergraduate degree at West Point. The vibrant academic community in the heart of New York City was a stark change from the cloistered military environment in the Hudson River Valley. I always had in the back of my mind that I might one day be lucky enough to attend Columbia for graduate school. Fast forward several years, and I was completing an internship in New York, a few months from leaving the Army. I came back to the campus for a visit and was not only struck with the same feeling I had years prior, but discovered the uniquely international student body at SIPA. As a “third culture kid” I knew that it was the right fit for me.

What experiences do you think prepared you to attend SIPA?
The academic rigor of SIPA is not to be taken lightly. Certainly the rigors of my undergraduate and the Army helped prepare me for SIPA. Additionally, growing up overseas and attending international schools gave me the right perspective to appreciate the varied backgrounds of the student body which makes our school so special.

What has been the best part of your SIPA experience?
I remember a specific day my first year at SIPA in which I started the day by listening to a world renowned economist lecture, followed by a lively academic debate on the future of the energy industry in one of my smaller seminar classes, and then ended the day telling the best stories from summers around the world with some of my SIPA classmates. I remember walking home along Morningside Park, looking out across one of the greatest cities in the world, and feeling like my time at SIPA was set to be an amazing experience.

Can you comment on the quantitative rigor in the curriculum?

I attended a school for my undergrad that was traditionally an engineering school. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of quantitatively heavy courses involved. SIPA is as much, or more quantitatively focused. To be honest, it is not enjoyable if you are not quantitatively inclined. However I feel as though it is necessary to give SIPA graduates the reputation for technical skill that is so desirable in the work force.

What’s your internship experience been like?
I interned this summer at Moody’s Investors Service here in New York. It was exhilarating to be at the cross roads of International Affairs and Finance, and to see the workings of a critical piece of the global capital markets.

How did you obtain your internship?
I went through the traditional channels at the SIPA Office of Career Services. I have found that if utilized effectively, OCS is a fantastic resource, with dedicated professionals who are committed to finding you employment and furthering the SIPA reputation in the work force. I think it also helped that Moody’s is FILLED with SIPA graduates, further affirmation of the quality and desirability of SIPA grads.

Photo Courtesy of Nick Calbos

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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