Take this job listing from the Council on Foreign Relations for example. They are looking for a Research Associate on National Security and Civil Liberties and want someone with
M.A. degree in National Security, International Relations, International Law or a related field preferred, with high academic credentials or a B.A. degree with coursework in national security, constitutional law, U.S. foreign policy, or international law, and national security; along with a proven interest in civil liberties.That makes sense. But what about this?
A minimum of one full year of related administrative experience during or post-graduation, preferably including experience coordinating events with VIPs.Why would someone need both an M.A. and administrative experience? Because they are going to be doing 90% administrative work and 10% research
• Research the following areas: homeland security, national security law, international law, specify areas, and tracking news and data sources.I imagine that those who have forked out the tens of thousands of dollars to get a Masters must just be crawling over each other to get jobs where they can spend the majority of their time filing and answering phones.
• Coordinating events, including arranging mailings, preparing invitations, travel arrangements, scheduling, corresponding with participants, helping to prepare materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.
• Handling writing assignments, summarizing research findings, and business writing.
• Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement.
• Providing administrative support to the task force directors, including handling correspondence, filing, and responding to requests for information.