Student Spotlight: Michael Sweeney

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Hometown: Cortland, NY

Program: MPA, Public Management Emphasis

Undergraduate College and Major: Business Administration, SUNY-Geneseo

Expected Graduation Date: December 2014

Current Occupation: SEVP Field Representative, Department of Homeland Security

How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?

I chose Brockport’s MPA program because of my desire to work within government. A master’s degree in Public Administration gives you a well-rounded vantage point of all levels of government. In addition, the Brockport MPA program gives insight into a wide variety of areas, which will enable me to be a dynamic and well-rounded employee. Finally, I was living in the Park Avenue area in Rochester and the downtown campus was an extremely convenient location.

What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?

The in class discussions are easily my favorite part of the MPA program. All the classes I have taken, both online and in person, stress the ability to learn from your classmates. In one class I may have to work with individuals from the healthcare industry, nonprofits, higher education, law enforcement or government. Each person is bringing a different background experience and area of expertise. The professors also do an excellent job of providing real world scenarios for us to work with and learn from.

What does your job entail?

My job entails acting as a liaison between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and schools hosting international students here in the United States. I provide a support service to ensure schools are understand rules and regulations that accompany having an international student program. Additionally, I am out in the field visiting schools on an everyday basis developing relationships with school officials and creating a lasting partnership.

What are your future goals?

I hope to stay within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and gain promotion up the organizational ladder. My background is in higher education, so maintaining some relation to this field is ideal. Ultimately, I would like to hold a managerial role using the skills I learned in through the Brockport MPA program.

Last Updated 8/13/18

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