Washington, D.C. – November 2015 – This fall, new students attended an orientation, which included an overview of self-assessment, self-marketing, and targeted networking as well as a presentation from the Metropolitan Police Department. IWP alumni also participated and offered advice based on their own experiences, both in the government and private sector. The event also included an overview of the security clearance process, a brief on security and counterintelligence, and an opportunity to sign up for personal interviews with CIA recruiters.
IWP Alumnus and State Department Employee Moises Benhabib helps new students make their way into the government work sector.
Other seminars have been held over the course of the semester for all students and alumni. The semester kicked off with an overview of how to conduct an effective job and internship search, followed by a review on writing an effective resume and how to make the most of an interview. Throughout the semester there have also been numerous information sessions with various companies, agencies and offices from relevant sectors, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington Regional Threats Analysis Center, and more. Several seminars have been held about careers in more specialized fields such as counterterrorism, law enforcement, and international development, as well as a briefing with the director of the NCIS, Andrew Traver.
IWP hosts EPIC career panel.
Students come to IWP to receive a professional education which will allow them to succeed in their chosen career. The Careers Services Office and the Institute has developed specialized programs to assist students at all stages in their careers.
“At the Institute’s Career Services Center, we offer a full range of unique career services to ensure your success.” said Derrick T. Dortch, director of Career Services at IWP. “We understand that our students attend IWP because they are passionate about national security, international affairs and related fields. These specialized fields house some of the most highly sought after and competitive jobs on the national and global markets. Our goal is to make sure you are prepared to win these jobs by being the most competitive candidate; having the right tools and skills to sell your capabilities to a future employer.”
IWP students tour the Washington Regional Threats Assesment Center with the Career Services Office.
In addition, working closely with students and alumni, Career Services develops personal plans and strategies to ensure that they are properly prepared to get the jobs they want in this highly competitive market. Alumnus James Di Pane remarked, “I recently acquired a Research Fellowship with Washington’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). I am now a member of a team of analysts dealing with real world issues related to terrorism. The experience and practical skills gained will be very valuable as I pursue my career goals in the field of national security. This opportunity came directly from Career Services, and I would not have been able to get it without the advice and support they provide.”