Graduate Testimonials

Kashif Siddiqi, MS

“During my time at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, I gained tools and knowledge that I know will stay with me throughout my professional career. The classes were intense and the workload was not light, however, the professors and staff were always readily available to help guide me and to make sure that I never felt overwhelmed. The program was instrumental in preparing me for a career in criminal justice research and policy. I was not only able to learn about the criminal justice system and the processes involved, I was also able to make contact with professionals and researchers in the field. That network is a part of the criminal justice program at Northeastern that is not advertised but is one of the major aspects that sets the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University apart from others.

After my graduation from Northeastern University, I was able to use one of my contacts gained during my time in the program to become the Grants Manager and Statistician for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts. I have used many of the skills gained during my time at Northeastern directly on the job at the MSO. This is a position I would never have been qualified for were it not for the efforts of the professors and staff at Northeastern University. My time at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice was an incredible experience that has opened up many doors for my professional career and I could not be happier with my decision to attend.”

 

Jessica Mansourian, MS

“SCCJ provides a well-rounded academic experience for any student who is interested in working in the criminal justice field. From my cohort alone I know of other graduates who currently have careers working for the federal government, in the prison system, or in law enforcement. The knowledge that is gained through this program is applicable for almost any career in the criminal justice field and the experiences that Northeastern provides to their students are ones that will remain with them for their lifetime.

Immediately following graduation I took a position working as a Criminal Justice Research Technician at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) working in their applied research division. At SANDAG I was responsible for collecting and analyzing crime data from all of the law enforcement agencies within San Diego County. I participated in the development of research methodologies for criminal justice and public safety program evaluations; assisted in the design of data collection instruments and procedures for federally funded applied research projects; and participated in a number of county-wide evaluation programs of criminal justice and juvenile justice programs.

After SANDAG I accepted a position with the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) as a Program Analyst in the Research & Development. I have currently been at the COPS Office for 4 years and have been promoted to a number of positions, of which I am now a Senior Social Science Analyst with the Research & Development Division. At the COPS Office I support the design, implementation, monitoring, and assessment of national-level programs to increase the number of community policing officers and advance community policing. Additionally, I perform a variety of analytical, administrative, and evaluative, and other professional work involving social and behavioral sciences and contributes to the COPS Office’s mission.”

Undergraduate Testimonials

Nico Coia, BS

“I knew that I wanted to go into Federal Law Enforcement, and with Northeastern’s great academic reputation and distinguished co-op program, I knew it was the right choice. I graduated Magna Cum Lade with a BS in Criminal Justice, and Minors in International Affairs, History, and Law/Public Policy. During my co-ops, I interned with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in which the agent in charge was also a Northeastern Criminal Justice graduate. During my internship, I applied for a Special Agent position with that agency, and two months after graduation I was hired and sent to training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

The co-op program is the most important aspect of Northeastern because it gives you connections and real-world experience. Getting a degree is one thing, but having work experience and professional connections is something that makes you stand out above the rest.

It’s simple. Northeastern is rising in the charts every year. More and more students are applying to this school because of its reputation. Graduates realize that Northeastern offers something that no other school can offer, and that is why we want to stay connected and vocalize how great our experiences were. Northeastern University offers a college experience that will make you get that dream job, right when you graduate. I can say first hand that my degree speaks for itself, and when people read Northeastern University on my resume, they know the type of applicant they are hiring.”

 

Katie Shaffer, BS

“I actually chose Northeastern for the business program and started my studies focusing on accounting. In my second year, I started to consider tax and accounting fraud and took Introduction to Criminal Justice. This class made me realize that I was more interested in criminal justice, so I changed my major towards the end of my second year.

CJSAC and the broad faculty backgrounds were very helpful in guiding me into the path I’ve chosen. Being a part of CJSAC and attending and planning events with different speakers and trips to places like the BPD gave me a good look into what the different parts of the criminal justice system offer. Along those lines, the professors helped me understand the different roles of professionals in the field. My professors included lawyers, law enforcement, and researchers in a wide array of fields. After graduation, I began law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, focusing on criminal law.

I think students benefit greatly from being a part of SCCJ. The faculty is broad and well-established in their fields and the academic and administrative staff are extremely supportive and helpful. Coming from the large School of Business, I enjoyed that SCCJ was smaller and gives students the opportunity to really get to know their fellow students, faculty, and staff on a personal level. I highly recommend Northeastern’s SCCJ to any student.”