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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
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    I worked at IIE full-time (More than a year)


    The work isn't all that demanding, so it never needs to come home with you. If you're working late nights or on the weekends, you're doing something wrong. Likewise, IIE is a great place to work if you are studying part-time. IIE will toss you a few thousand dollars a year towards tuition, and work will never be so demanding that it will impact your studies.


    There is no discernible difference between the responsibilities of Program Coordinators ("PC") and Program Officers ("PO"). Who ends up in what position depends on when you applied, and what was available at the time. Because of this, POs are very insecure, and try to reinforce their seniority over the PCs. There are few practical differences in responsibilities, and PCs and POs often do the exact same thing, just at different pay grades. PCs resent the POs, and POs work hard at putting the PCs "in their place." Moreover, it is very difficult to get promoted from PC to PO. To be fair it does happen, but it depends a lot on one's Associate Director supervisor. IIE tends to hire new POs from the outside, while letting the PCs stagnate. The PC position at IIE has zero growth potential, so at some point you'll have to leave. PO positions do allow for promotion, however, so if you land one of those you might see some career progress. All in all, IIE's model fosters a petty office environment. The PC/ PO dynamic fosters a lot of backstabbing and power games, and rewards office politics over doing your job well. People who just put their heads down and get things down do not fare well at IIE; they will get overlooked in favor of the cliquey social climber types. *Disclaimer: The above comments are only applicable to the DC office. The NY and other offices may be very different, so I wouldn't extrapolate to IIE as a whole.

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