Alumni Voices

Rebekah Mann (Class of 2019)

Alumni Profile: Mann, Rebekah

Rebekah has recently accepted a position in Manhattan, New York as a Financial Intelligence Analyst for NY/NJ High Intensity Financial Crime Area (HIFCA) under Homeland Security Investigations. This was entirely coincidental as her previous neighbor in New Brunswick had a connection who is the Director of NY/NJ HIFCA and gave him a recommendation to interview her when a position opened up. She is coming from Arlington, Virginia as a Program Assistant III at the Foreign Service Institute. Rebekah was recommended to FSI by her Graduate Program Director, Eric Davis and started the application process in May of 2019. To summarize the process, it essentially happened in three steps. 1. The phone screening, 2. Qualification interview, and 3. The final panel interview. During this time, she was going through her background check, which was a lengthy one—primarily due to the required Secret Security Clearance. It took about four months from start to finish for this process to complete and for Rebekah to be hired. As for the New York position, Rebekah was only required to submit a resume and attend a panel interview—she will go through the background check process during her employment. The best advice she can offer is to apply anywhere you can as long as it interests you and to keep your options open. Also, make as many connections as you can, because ultimately, those connections are really what help you land a job that can eventually lead to a career. It’s no understatement that it is very difficult to find jobs in our field and at our age, but it is possible if you know the right people and don’t give up on applying.

Christian Alvarez (Class of 2016)

“Since my admittance into the MA program at Rutgers I was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) funded by the U.S. State Department, allowing me to study abroad in Oman for a two-month period. This highly competitive scholarship could not have been possible without the assistance and guidance provided to me from my professors at Rutgers. I also had the opportunity take part in an internship at the Rutgers Eagleton Institute. Additionally, I was recently accepted into the PhD program in political science, a goal unattainable had it not been for the outstanding education offered by the masters program. The superb academics and outstanding support provided by the staff has made many of my goals attainable. I am proud to be a graduate of the MA program at Rutgers University”

Mazhar Syed (Class of 2016)

“I joined UN MA program in Fall 2014, the program's first semester. The program has developed and grown a lot with wide variety of focus. Classes provided theoretical and practical knowledge for students to critically analyze policies in a global scale. As the program continues to increase in number of students, more internship opportunities as well as career advising  has been incorporated into the program for students to take advantage of”