What Do Foreign Service/Intelligence Grad Programs Expect of Me?
July 9, 2013 5:14 PM Subscribe
My senior year as an Undergraduate begins this Fall. I go to a large public school that is heavily recruited from by the CIA/NSA etc... I am a Political Science/Russian double major with a 3.81 GPA. My interests are varied: nuclear proliferation, intelligence, conflict, analysis, the role of exponential tech growth, and on and on. Help me discover whether or not Grad school is right for me, and if so how to iron out a few details.
posted by 221bbs to Education (11 answers total)
Other relevant points:
- Have a 4.0 in all my Russian courses
- Am president of the University Democrats
- Have never been out of the country :(
Have a kick-ass internship that looks great on a resume, but isn't research intensive
- I will be graduating without student debt.
All the advice I have heard about getting onboard with a three-letter-agency indicates that I will need a post-graduate degree. Programs like Georgetown's Master of Science in Foreign Service make my heart quicken. However, it seems many of them require extensive out-of-country experience.
So my questions:
A. Do I need to go to Grad School?
If I am interested in intelligence and diplomacy would it just be better to apply or take the FSO exam?
B. If I need to go to grad school, what type of out-of-country experience do I need and how should I go about getting it?
Peace Corps? Private sector position?