Let me preface that I don't want this to get into a leveraged sellout-esque pissing match over which group of professionals has the biggest dick.
I have these two paths ahead of me and I want to know which is best for me, given my goals. I don't intend to do either in the long-term. By the age of 30, I want to preferably have:
1) Gained entry into a top dual MBA/MPA program, like HBS-HKS, CBS-SIPA, INSEAD-SAIS.
2) Made an exit into the public sector. I haven't made my mind up specifically, but this could mean anything from civil service (foreign service officer, intelligence agencies, etc) to more finance-related stuff (sovereign wealth funds, treasury, fed). Maybe even state legislature or other elected office in the far, far future - but I won't get ahead of myself!
Given my career trajectory, which would hold a greater cachet in terms of helping me get those things: anrole at /MS/ , or consulting at , Bain and ?
My first gut reaction tells me, because something tells me public servants don't take kindly to bankers for some reason. But please correct me if I'm wrong!