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RESEARCHER: Internships Not For Training, But For Networking

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This researcher went into college with the goal of becoming a journalist. At the end of his educational career, he decided that this was no longer what he wanted, but he decided to apply the skills he acquired studying to be a journalist to a new career in civil service as a research analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. Now he still gets to write, conduct interviews and analyze data as he did as a journalist, just in a new field.

School: Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Degree: Journalism - Political Science - Government
Job Title: Researcher
Employer: United States, Department of Homeland Security

Job Summary: Operations Research Analysts

Job Description

Operations research analysts use advanced methods of analysis to help organizations solve problems and make better decisions.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Many operations research analysts who work with the military are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $125,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Home, Travel, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Mathematical skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented

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m='17200'>educational</span> <span m='17555'>path.</span> <span m='19430'>I</span> <span m='19790'>went</span> <span m='19880'>to</span> <span m='20120'>the</span> <span m='20240'>University of</span> <span m='20460'>Maryland</span> <span m='21340'>at</span> <span m='21610'>College</span> <span m='21870'>Park,</span> <span m='22190'>and</span> <span m='22640'>I</span> <span m='22780'>attended</span> <span m='23060'>the</span> <span m='23260'>Philip</span> <span m='23540'>Merrill</span> <span m='23970'>College of</span> <span m='24440'>Journalism</span> <span m='24830'>there.</span> <span m='26000'>I</span> <span m='27980'>have my</span> <span m='28420'>degree</span> <span m='28700'>in</span> <span m='28760'>journalism,</span> <span m='29652'>my</span> <span m='30100'>bachelor</span> <span m='30420'>of</span> <span m='30840'>arts,</span> <span m='31390'>and</span> <span m='32320'>I</span> <span m='33080'>had</span> <span m='33370'>minors</span> <span m='33850'>in</span> <span m='34250'>government and</span> <span m='34739'>politics,</span> <span m='35717'>and I</span> <span m='36206'>also</span> <span m='36695'>had</span> <span m='37184'>concentrations</span> <span m='37673'>in</span> <span m='38162'>Arabic</span> <span m='38651'>and history.</span> </p><p><span m='42430'>I</span> <span m='43010'>came</span> <span m='43730'>to</span> <span m='43790'>my</span> <span m='43900'>career--</span> <span m='44890'>my</span> <span m='45660'>school</span> <span m='46060'>educational</span> <span m='46530'>path</span> <span m='46950'>fairly</span> <span m='47370'>late in life.</span> <span m='48729'>I</span> <span m='50090'>wanted to</span> <span m='50250'>go into</span> <span m='50380'>the</span> <span m='50500'>military</span> <span m='52010'>after</span> <span m='52230'>high</span> <span m='52390'>school,</span> <span m='52690'>but</span> <span m='52810'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='53290'>I</span> <span m='53340'>have</span> <span m='53520'>very</span> <span m='53950'>poor</span> <span m='54170'>eyesight.</span> <span m='54850'>And it</span> <span m='55230'>was</span> <span m='55610'>poor</span> <span m='55920'>enough that</span> <span m='56366'>I was excluded from</span> <span m='56812'>all branches</span> <span m='57260'>of</span> <span m='57545'>military</span> <span m='57830'>service.</span> <span m='58220'>So I kind of</span> <span m='58590'>wondered</span> <span m='58770'>what I was</span> <span m='59110'>going to</span> <span m='59360'>do with my</span> <span m='59730'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='61070'>This was</span> <span m='61350'>around</span> <span m='62880'>2002,</span> <span m='63470'>2003,</span> <span m='64739'>and</span> <span m='65260'>the</span> <span m='65590'>Jayson</span> <span m='65890'>Blair</span> <span m='66190'>scandal</span> <span m='66490'>had</span> <span m='66790'>just</span> <span m='66920'>broken</span> <span m='67620'>at</span> <span m='69685'>the</span> <span m='70160'>New York</span> <span m='70500'>Times,</span> <span m='70940'>where</span> <span m='71230'>a</span> <span m='71720'>reporter</span> <span m='72085'>had</span> <span m='72450'>falsified</span> <span m='73030'>a</span> <span m='73080'>lot</span> <span m='73250'>of</span> <span m='73300'>stories</span> <span m='74205'>and</span> <span m='74490'>had</span> <span m='74600'>risen</span> <span m='74870'>quite</span> <span m='75100'>far</span> <span m='75940'>despite</span> <span m='76170'>the fact that</span> <span m='76610'>he</span> <span m='76920'>falsified</span> <span m='77230'>a bunch of</span> <span m='77470'>stories.</span> <span m='78405'>And</span> <span m='78730'>so</span> <span m='79770'>kind</span> <span m='79950'>of</span> <span m='79990'>on</span> <span m='80220'>a lark,</span> <span m='80480'>I read his</span> <span m='80740'>articles,</span> <span m='81060'>and</span> <span m='81260'>I thought,</span> <span m='81460'>well,</span> <span m='81540'>I</span> <span m='81800'>can</span> <span m='81870'>write</span> <span m='82000'>better than</span> <span m='82500'>this guy.</span> <span m='82740'>And I</span> <span m='83233'>could.</span> </p><p><span m='84220'>And I</span> <span m='84400'>went</span> <span m='84530'>to</span> <span m='84906'>school,</span> <span m='85660'>and</span> <span m='85950'>I</span> <span m='86010'>did</span> <span m='86190'>fairly</span> <span m='86480'>well,</span> <span m='86740'>but</span> <span m='87900'>when</span> <span m='87920'>it came</span> <span m='88190'>time</span> <span m='88530'>to</span> <span m='88690'>the end</span> <span m='88820'>of</span> <span m='90090'>my</span> <span m='90270'>educational</span> <span m='90800'>career,</span> <span m='91280'>I</span> <span m='91350'>decided</span> <span m='91960'>that</span> <span m='92440'>journalism</span> <span m='92680'>wasn't</span> <span m='92960'>for me.</span> <span m='93300'>I didn't</span> <span m='93640'>like</span> <span m='93850'>the way</span> <span m='94225'>the institute was</span> <span m='94600'>changing--</span> <span m='95064'>it was</span> <span m='95528'>extremely</span> <span m='95992'>competitive.</span> <span m='96920'>And</span> <span m='97384'>I</span> <span m='97848'>decided</span> <span m='98312'>to</span> <span m='100190'>look</span> <span m='100370'>at</span> <span m='100590'>civil service,</span> <span m='100980'>because</span> <span m='101370'>I</span> <span m='101760'>still</span> <span m='102115'>enjoyed</span> <span m='103698'>analyzing</span> <span m='104192'>data,</span> <span m='104686'>I still</span> <span m='105180'>enjoyed</span> <span m='105674'>interviews,</span> <span m='106170'>I still</span> <span m='106530'>enjoyed</span> <span m='106790'>writing</span> <span m='107255'>a</span> <span m='107720'>great</span> <span m='107940'>deal.</span> <span m='109270'>But</span> <span m='111176'>journalism</span> <span m='111552'>just</span> <span m='111930'>wasn't</span> <span m='112100'>for</span> <span m='112300'>me.</span> <span m='112990'>So</span> <span m='113430'>after</span> <span m='113860'>a</span> <span m='114130'>year</span> <span m='114480'>or</span> <span m='114580'>so</span> <span m='114870'>being spent</span> <span m='115180'>as a freelance</span> <span m='115850'>writer</span> <span m='117000'>for</span> <span m='117080'>various</span> <span m='117540'>publications,</span> <span m='118444'>I</span> <span m='119800'>got</span> <span m='119970'>my</span> <span m='120070'>job</span> <span m='121290'>working</span> <span m='121650'>as</span> <span m='121780'>an</span> <span m='121860'>analyst,</span> <span m='122380'>and</span> <span m='122440'>I</span> <span m='122810'>deeply</span> <span m='122970'>enjoy</span> <span m='123180'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='124192'>What</span> <span m='124598'>I wish</span> <span m='125004'>I knew</span> <span m='125410'>I</span> <span m='125500'>started</span> <span m='125830'>my</span> <span m='126040'>career?</span> <span m='127692'>I wish</span> <span m='128178'>I'd known</span> <span m='128664'>that</span> <span m='129150'>internships</span> <span m='130669'>are</span> <span m='131050'>not</span> <span m='131620'>really</span> <span m='132060'>what</span> <span m='132465'>you should do to</span> <span m='132870'>get</span> <span m='133165'>on</span> <span m='133460'>the</span> <span m='133520'>job</span> <span m='133760'>training.</span> <span m='134030'>It's</span> <span m='134405'>more</span> <span m='134780'>to know</span> <span m='135030'>people.</span> <span m='135900'>The</span> <span m='136310'>phrase,</span> <span m='137280'>it's</span> <span m='137640'>not</span> <span m='137830'>what</span> <span m='137990'>you</span> <span m='138100'>know,</span> <span m='138280'>but</span> <span m='138670'>who is</span> <span m='138800'>kind</span> <span m='138970'>of</span> <span m='139050'>trite,</span> <span m='139370'>but</span> <span m='139470'>it's</span> <span m='139610'>very</span> <span m='139820'>true.</span> </p><p><span m='141650'>Many</span> <span m='142280'>jobs</span> <span m='142675'>and many</span> <span m='143530'>places</span> <span m='143990'>will</span> <span m='144050'>give</span> <span m='144220'>you</span> <span m='144310'>on</span> <span m='144470'>the</span> <span m='144550'>job</span> <span m='144780'>training</span> <span m='146680'>and</span> <span m='147100'>you can</span> <span m='147280'>learn</span> <span m='147580'>a</span> <span m='147630'>lot</span> <span m='147840'>more</span> <span m='148070'>simply</span> <span m='148310'>by</span> <span m='148490'>keeping your</span> <span m='148820'>mind</span> <span m='149150'>open.</span> <span m='150040'>But</span> <span m='152600'>if</span> <span m='153070'>you</span> <span m='153470'>don't</span> <span m='153620'>get</span> <span m='153730'>the</span> <span m='153770'>job in the</span> <span m='154200'>first</span> <span m='154550'>place,</span> <span m='154700'>it's hard</span> <span m='155020'>to get</span> <span m='155140'>that</span> <span m='155320'>training.</span> <span m='156060'>And</span> <span m='156380'>really,</span> <span m='156660'>if you</span> <span m='156940'>talk</span> <span m='157210'>to</span> <span m='157290'>people</span> <span m='157550'>about</span> <span m='157870'>what your</span> <span m='158060'>interests</span> <span m='158355'>are</span> <span m='158650'>and what you</span> <span m='158870'>are</span> <span m='159155'>good at,</span> <span m='159440'>what you're</span> <span m='159880'>studying</span> <span m='160195'>in</span> <span m='160510'>school,</span> <span m='160820'>you will</span> <span m='161280'>find</span> <span m='161540'>a</span> <span m='161580'>place</span> <span m='161860'>for</span> <span m='162140'>yourself.</span> </p><p><span m='162615'>But</span> <span m='163090'>it's</span> <span m='163470'>all</span> <span m='163630'>about knowing the</span> <span m='163960'>right</span> <span m='164230'>people.</span> <span m='166490'>So</span> <span m='166660'>what</span> <span m='166790'>I</span> <span m='166830'>would</span> <span m='167040'>suggest to</span> <span m='167330'>people</span> <span m='167620'>who</span> <span m='167720'>start</span> <span m='168040'>their</span> <span m='168230'>career</span> <span m='168550'>is to</span> <span m='168870'>look at</span> <span m='169160'>internships.</span> <span m='169470'>Look</span> <span m='169780'>at</span> <span m='170265'>fellowships.</span> <span m='170750'>Look at</span> <span m='171720'>groups</span> <span m='172205'>of</span> <span m='172690'>people</span> <span m='173175'>who</span> <span m='173660'>have</span> <span m='174630'>an</span> <span m='174870'>interest</span> <span m='175170'>in</span> <span m='175470'>what</span> <span m='175770'>you want</span> <span m='176070'>to</span> <span m='176370'>do,</span> <span m='176670'>and</span> <span m='177270'>pursue</span> <span m='177570'>that.</span> 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