Sarah Gilbert came to the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs
after spending more than a decade in Europe’s financial sector. She led
software implementation projects for European banks and insurance
companies, but after the financial market crash in 2008, she wanted to
change her professional trajectory and focus more on international
“The MS in International Affairs
at The New School was exactly what I was looking for,” says Gilbert, who
graduated from the program in 2011. “I was searching for a master’s
degree program that valued my professional experience and took
consideration of people that wanted to live their lives but still wanted
to pursue a higher degree.”
Gilbert said was attracted to the MS in International Affairs because
it took her extensive work history into account and allowed her to
focus her studies in Development. The faculty encouraged her to use her
professional background to guide her studies, while opportunities such
as the International Field Program offered hands-on skills abroad.
“I would recommend the MS program for professionals that know what
they want to do and want a higher degree to leverage their work
experience,” she says.
With support from The New School’s Career Services, Gilbert landed an
International Development Fellowship at Catholic Relief Services (CRS),
where she she supported the implementation and management of CRS
projects in the sectors of health, livelihoods, good governance, and
inclusive education in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Shortly after her
fellowship, she accepted a permanent position at CRS as an Emergency
Specialist where she provided support to emergency response and recovery
activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines,
the Central African Republic, and South Sudan.
Gilbert is currently the Head of Programs for CRS operations in
Turkey. In her role, she manages a multi-sector team in the
implementation of over $19 million of agriculture, psychosocial support,
non-food items and shelter programming, funded by USAID, and Catholic
International Development Charity.