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SPP Students Discuss Careers in Immigration Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

On April 28, students from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy visited the headquarters of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to meet with policy practitioners in charge of running the country's agency responsible for legal immigration. Students spent several hours talking with members of USCIS about their role in immigration policymaking and how a degree in public policy could be used in the field. Speakers from the USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy, Office of Community Outreach and the Refugee Affairs Division discussed their role in the agency and provided accounts on how they entered the government sectors. Representatives from USCIS’s human resources department also spoke about how and when to apply, and provided an overall presentation on the hiring process. Laura Krahl, a current management and program analyst at USCIS and School of Public Policy alumna spoke to students about the skills and courses at the University of Maryland that prepared her for a career in immigration policy.

In 2016, SPP's Career Services launched a new site visit program to expose students to career opportunities off campus at employer locations. The program offers students opportunities to meet employees and representatives from top organizations and agencies in the field of public policy to better understand the practical application of the students' degrees. During the 2016-2017 school year, Career Services brought more than 50 students to various locations across the greater DC area and introduced them to professionals in the field of public policy. Various visits encompassed a wide range of policy fields including security, environmental, state government, immigration, financial management, diplomacy and many others. Site visit locations included the Maryland State Capitol, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 

UMD participants included: 
Bryan Kempton, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations  
Benjamin Honey, Student (Spring 2017)
Corey Ryan, Student (Spring 2017)
Muthanna Rahman, Student (Fall 2017)
Thomas McConnell, Student (Spring 2018)
Laura Krahl, Alumna (Class of 2016)