Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Careers: The third country experience

Most students at SAIS work an internship in the summer between their first and second year of study. Students find internships with the help of theCareer Services and the different academic programs.

In May, we published a post where we asked students about their summer plans. Today, Kathryn Knowles, associate director of the European and Eurasian Studies Program, tell us more about the opportunities available to SAIS students.

Brussels, Bucharest, or Bologna? Madrid, Milan or Moscow? London, Luxembourg, Warsaw or Zagreb? 

Where would you like to spend next summer? These are just a few of the options for summer in internships secured by the SAIS European and Eurasian Studies Program.

The unique SAIS model of providing a trans-Atlantic education means that students have the opportunity to study international relations first from a European perspective in Bologna and then from an American one in Washington D.C. One of the goals of the SAIS European and Eurasian Studies Program in particular is to provide a “third country experience” during the summer between the first and second years of the program, allowing concentrators to experience living and working in their region of study.

SAIS interns at a happy hour in Brussels
This year the program secured 50  internship positions across the region in policy research, public affairs consulting, international business development, financial and macroeconomic analysis, political movements and more. Opportunities are specifically designed for SAIS students and offer a content-rich experience with senior-level mentors.

Applications are open to SAIS MA, MAIA and MIPP candidates of all years and concentrations on all SAIS campuses. Priority is given to first-year students although graduating students interested in working in the region are also considered since summer “exit-internships” are often a way to get a foot on the vieux continent. All recruiting is done through the SAISworks system and employers make the final selections.

Kathryn Knowles

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