Jordan Reimer ’08, MPA ’12, received his MPA with a concentration in international relations. As an undergraduate, Reimer majored in politics with a certificate in Near Eastern studies and studied in Egypt and Yemen. Following his junior year, he interned with the Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs’ Office of Iranian Affairs. His two-year fellowship at the Department of Defense included rotations in the Office of the Under Secretary for Policy’s Office of Iraq Affairs and the Joint Staff on Arabian Peninsula issues, as well as work on the Quadrennial Defense Review and public affairs. In the summer of 2011, Reimer interned for the Synergos Institute on its Arab World Social Innovators program.
SINSI is invaluable. It has allowed me access and an insider’s view into the functioning of our federal bureaucracy and provided the skills and experience for a career in a field directly related to my interests. It lends structure to one’s immediate post-graduate years and creates a trajectory of both professional experience and continued academic instruction that leads to an actual career. The fellowship opportunities SINSI provides are extensive, inserting Scholars directly into federal agencies which affect public policy directly and immediately. The placements are at a level that most graduates would be hard-pressed to secure on their own.