Who knew future CIA members might be found here at HPU? On
Sept. 26, HPU students had an opportunity to learn about the
Central Intelligence Agency at an information session presented
by the Career Services Center.
The session featured three speakers from different branches
of the CIA. Joe Dorsey discussed the National Clandestine Service;
Annabel Shaeron discussed the science and technology aspects
of the CIA; and Michael Mau, the Agency’s West Coast
Regional Recruiter, discussed the analytical opportunities
for CIA operatives.
Career Services Center’s Director Lianne Maeda believes
that such information sessions are important for all students
[Students’] perspectives are broadened,” Maeda
said, “ about questions that may be difficult to answer
from company or organization literature or Web page,” she
The most important aspect of an information session,” Maeda
continued, “is the physical or human interface that enhances
a student’s ability to market them far better than just
depending on a résumé.”
In addition to students becoming more informed about postgraduation
jobs, the CIA recruiters discussed programs and internships
available for undergraduate and graduate students. Senior Courtney
Menard, an international relations major who thought, before
the session, that she would have to get a graduate degree to
work for the CIA, was excited to discover that graduate school
was not a requirement.
Senior Kim Harkins, a history major, also found the CIA’s
Information Session to be very insightful.
I’ve always had an interest in foreign travel, and the
CIA seems like a good path,” said Harkins.
The CIA is not the only organization that holds information
sessions at HPU. Maeda said the FBI, Walt Disney World, Merrill
Lynch, Hilton Hotels, the Marriott, and New England Financial
already have or will have information sessions this semester.
Students can find out about these sessions through their Pipeline
accounts or by accessing the Career Services Center’s
Career Events Calendar. Maeda said the calendar is available
online, or hard copies can be picked up in the Career Services
Center, and she reminds students to continually check for updates.
This document is very fluid and changes all the time,” Maeda
Maeda also advises students to sign up early as spaces fill