Berkeley College Students Land Internships with NYPD and NY State Supreme Court, with Long-term Goals of Working in the Field of Cybersecurity

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Photo Caption: Brandon Kennedy, Berkeley College student (second from left), at the New York City Police Department’s 17th Precinct, where Mr. Kennedy is completing the required internship to graduate with his Associate’s degree in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice from the Berkeley College School of Professional Studies. Mr. Kennedy is standing with New York Police Officers (left to right): Kenneth Vega, William Smith, and Russell Kastin. His long-term goal is to work in the field of cybersecurity.

Brandon Kennedy, a student at Berkeley College, is earning his Associate’s degree in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice online. In his coursework, the U.S. Marine Corps veteran is most interested in learning about the law and the inner workings of the justice and trial systems. Through his internship with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), he is learning how a police department operates and what it takes to be a police officer. 

“I see cybersecurity as a new occupation that I have had experience with in the military, so I would like to transition into this on the civilian side,” he said.

Some students enrolled in the Justice Studies – Criminal Justice program at Berkeley College continue their education by applying to law school. Others begin their career journeys right away, even before they graduate.  By engaging with their faculty, career service counselors and peers already working in their fields of interest, Berkeley College students can begin their career experiences early. According to Berkeley College career counselors, local governments and agencies may be the best choices where to start.

“Career service counselors and faculty encourage Berkeley College students from their very first semester to begin thinking about agencies and organizations for internship opportunities,” said Gary Krulish, Chair, Justice Studies – Criminal Justice, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies.

Mr. Kennedy served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years, where he was part of the intelligence unit.  He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, and secured an internship with the NYPD after submitting the application he received from his Berkeley College Career Counselor. 

Mr. Kennedy’s long-term goal is to work in cybersecurity in the private sector or for one of the large federal agencies. He serves as a local firefighter in the town where he lives, Lake Wallenpaupack, PA, is also a member of its Board of Directors and the Department’s Event Coordinator. In addition he has a part-time job with Budweiser.


Anisah Mohammed (photo above) is an adult student who returned to earn her Bachelor’s degree through Berkeley College Online® after gaining some life experience and graduating from Essex County College with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice seven years ago. She works at Investors Bank most days and has the flexibility from her employer to complete her internship as a judicial intern with the New York State Supreme Court. She is assigned to 2nd District Judge ShawnDya L. Simpson and has had the opportunity to follow civil cases heard in the Bronx, and criminal cases heard in Brooklyn. Ms. Mohammed networked through the customers she had relationships with at the bank to connect her with this internship opportunity.

Ms. Mohammed’s internship responsibilities include working closely with the Judge’s office assistant, researching cases, using the databases, proofreading and refining her communication skills. “What I like about this internship is the way it is all about women’s empowerment,” Ms. Mohammed said.

Her career goal is to work in the field of cyberterrorism and she is considering enrolling in one of the U.S. armed forces to do so.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the rate for all occupations.

As the nature of the terrorism threat facing society evolves, so, too, do new technologies and opportunities, so that the impact becomes global. A great economic cost has resulted. Tourism, trade and investments are examples of areas affected as countries deal with terrorist actions. Because of the rising impact of terror events, political and industry leaders need to build capacity in the area of terrorism.

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The mission of Berkeley College is to empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.

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