February 27, 2018

MPA-EPM 2018 DC Trip

MPA-EPM 2018 DC Trip
MPA-EPM 2018 DC Trip IMF Alumni_ Tessy Vasquez Baos (Peru), Pablo Bejar (Bolivia), Keni Kitano (Japan)

Offering an opportunity to network with alumni and hear about relevant career opportunities, current MPA-EPM students participated in a career conference in Washington D.C. as well as toured the city from January 7th to January 9th, 2018.

The career conference featured panel discussions and meetings with MPA-EMP alumni, recruiters, and senior officials employed at institutions like the World Bank, the Institute of International Finance, the Federal Reserve, the Brookings Institution, and the International Monetary Fund. Participating students were presented with an intimate opportunity to seek career advice as well as to interview with these organizations for potential career openings.

”The interaction with the alumni was very helpful in understanding the challenges of the job and in providing us the insightful guidance of different job opportunities available,” said MPA-EPM student Beenish Amjad. “These meetings helped us not only understand the in-depth working of these institutions but also enabled us to grasp the challenges. I also really appreciated the efforts of the alumni at the IMF for their extended briefings and valuable guidance."

In addition to meeting with analysts and economists from institutions like the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, students had the privilege of hearing from Brookings Institution scholars Dr. Homi Kharas and Dr. John McArthur who devised the Sustainable Development Goals.

Recalling this meeting, MPA-EPM student Warda Saleem of Pakistan remarked, “This was not just a privilege but an elevating experience. This meeting added a lot to the vision of my life which will stay with me forever.”

Balarabe Hamma, a MPA-EPM student from Nigeria, summed up the experience as “an enriching, fun-filled, and enlightening experience.” Beenish Amjad added, “during this trip I felt that the MPA-EPM program was like a family, and each alumni and student shared a strong bond of support and understanding.”

"Overall the MPA-EPM trip to DC was great. The MPA-EPM alumni were very eager to help and share their experiences in their current jobs. The mix of alumni was also very interesting, some of them just joined their jobs but some other were in very senior positions. I found from meeting with World Bank professionals that our program, MPA-EPM, is very well known and has a very good reputation, specially as being the toughest and most quantitative program in SIPA," Bernardo Orellana of Ecuador.

The mid-career MPA in Economic Policy Management program (MPA-EPM) is a 12-month MPA program at SIPA and is geared towards professionals with significant working experience within economic policymaking, financial, consulting, political science, engineering and energy backgrounds. 

For more information visit https://sipa.columbia.edu/academics/programs/mpa-economic-policy-management, https://www.facebook.com/columbiampaepm/ or email mpa-epm@sipa.columbia.edu.

View our brochure here: https://issuu.com/columbiauniversitysipa/docs/mpa-epm_lgbrochure_bro_jl_v4_2017-2   

SIPA's MPA in Economic Policy Management (MPA-EPM) was formerly named the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM).