Episode 21 – Political Science at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

About This Episode

Alumni Aloud Episode 21Neil Hernandez is an Asylum Officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Neil earned his PhD in the Political Science Program at the Graduate Center.

In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Neil tells us about the rewards of blending practice and theory in public administration, the rewards of making a difference in people’s lives by understanding and affecting policy implementation, and the different ways that qualitative research skills he gained during his PhD have helped him thrive in his role at the agency.

Positions like Neil’s often have very short application periods. If his work sounds interesting to you, set up a profile on the www.usajobs.gov website, load a resume, and let the system know what kind of jobs you may be interested in (including Asylum Officer positions). In turn, the system will alert you when a new position that is linked to your profile is announced.

This episode’s interview was conducted by Anders Wallace. The music is “Corporate (Success)” by Scott Holmes.

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