Neil 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.
Kara Alaimo is a global public relations consultant and assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Kara talks about her transition from international politics to academia, and how being able to engage audiences outside of academia yields unexpected rewards.
Andy Bast is an Associate Producer for 60 Minutes at CBS. He earned his Masters of Arts degree in Political Science in 2009 from the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Andy talks with us about how he landed his job and how his time at the Graduate Center helped his career. He also offers some advice on how to leverage skills from graduate school in a competitive market.
Allison de Cerreno has a PhD in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. She now works as Assistant Director for Policy and Business Programs in the Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Allison's job focuses on tolling operations, revenue forecasting, facility planning and traffic analysis, as well as toll and transportation policy. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Allison offers advice to students considering careers outside academia, and shares how the skills she developed as a PhD student have helped her in her career.