2018 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program applications are live

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program at http://www.rangelprogram.org. This is a great professional development opportunity, which will put you in a better position for graduate school. Read today's blog post to learn more about the Rangel Program and who qualifies.

Meryl Streep was on campus last week and I totally missed it

Last week I was walking like a lighting bug across campus in between meetings. I silently cursed my luck as a traffic jam of pedestrians appeared up ahead along College Walk (the main drag off 116th Street). But the really the large group of students stopping to take selfies and apply Snapchat filters weren't the normal parade of sight seekers. In fact, there was a special event on campus that day.

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Sukirti Vinayak

In today's installment of our New Students Series, we're welcoming Sukirti Vinayak, from Delhi, India. He studied engineering at the University of Delhiin 2011, and is currently working pro bono for the Common People's Party. He joined SIPA (instead of another policy school we won't mention) to gain stronger quantitative skills. While he's not sure which employment sector he wants to work in next, he looks forward to learning from SIPA's world renowned faculty and all about governance innovations in NYC. Using a gambling analogy, he's a self-described "Jack" and believes there are no winners when it comes to climate change.

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Katy Swartz

In today's installment of our New Students Series, wave your virtual hand at Katy Swartz. Katy is a Texan (ditto!) who moved to the frigid north in Massachusetts to attend Smith College. She has a degree in Jewish Studies, and taught English in Bulgaria for a year. Today, she lives in Brooklyn and works for the NYC Department of Education as a data specialist. Overall, she's lived in five U.S. states and three different countries. I'm sure her experience abroad will serve her well in a future career as a Foreign Service Officer. Hook 'em, Katy!

A flag of Turkey on a stand outside surrounded by pink flowers in a courtyard

Dilek Kurban, MIA ’04, IF ’04, co-authors working paper on Turkish Civil Society

You often hear of our Seeples doing amazing things in the world and pursuing additional research. This week a 2004 graduate co-authored a paper about how Turkey's civil society can help the country "confront deep political and social problems." Dilek Kurban, MIA '04, IF '04, worked on the paper -- "Trends in Turkish Civil Society" -- with the Center for American Progress, the Istanbul Policy Center, and the Istituto Affari Internazionali.

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Esteban Angel

In today's installment of our New Students Series we're welcoming Esteban Angel from Bogota, Colombia. Esteban studied mechanical engineering at Universidad De Los Andes, and he hopes to be a leader in the energy policy field one day. He admits that he cried after reading his acceptance letter, and he is excited about living in his dream city. We're excited to meet you, too, Esteban!

Sierra standing on a large grass hill in Patagonia, Chile while on a hike.

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Sierra Robbins

In our next New Students Series installment, I'm introducing you to Sierra Robbins, from San Diego, California. Sierra works in the women's reproductive healthcare field and wants to learn how to be more effective in the field by joining SIPA'S MPA in Development Practice program. One thing she really looks forward to in the fall is connecting with her new classmates and picking their brains. Welcome Sierra and good luck soaking up everyone's knowledge!

Join us for Summerfest 2017 in Boston, DC or NYC

If you've ever wanted to learn more about graduate school, then now's your chance. Join SIPA for a free evening reception and mini graduate-school fair this summer in Boston, Washington, D.C. or New York City. You'll get to pick the brains of alumni, students, and staff from five top graduate programs in public policy and international affairs. We'll be joined by Georgetown MSFS, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Princeton WWS, and Tufts Fletcher.

Karl Hendler sitting at a bistro table holding a large glass

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Karl Hendler

This week I shared we're gearing up for our annual introduction series featuring the incoming Fall 2017 class. To get us started, please welcome Karl Hendler from Richfield, Ohio. Karl was a philosophy major from the University of Southern California, and joined the US Marine Corps upon graduation. (Thank you for your service, Karl!) He's joining SIPA to change gears and focus more on designing policy rather than executing it.