Anna Sweeney
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My Story

Anna, a native of Massachusetts, transferred to Northeastern to pursue a degree in criminal justice, after spending her first year at Keene State College. Anna’s major will prepare her to fulfill her childhood desire of helping other people through her line of work.

This is Anna’s story…

My Path
Why Northeastern?

Anna learned about the university’s distinctive opportunities and focus on experiential learning from her aunt, a co-op advisor in the College of Art, Media & Design. While she believes many aspects of Northeastern stood out to her, she recalls being most excited about the co-op program.

“After having extensive conversations with [my aunt] about all Northeastern has to offer, and hearing about all of the opportunities friends of mine were taking part in, I knew I wanted to transfer.”

Why Criminal Justice?

From a young age, Anna knew she wanted to work in a field that helped other people. Her father worked as an environmental investigator — a role that involves the investigation of environmental crimes. His work gave her an early introduction to the criminal justice system.

Sadly, she gained a more personal interest in criminal justice when she lost her mother in the events of September 11, 2001. Anna’s major in criminal justice with a minor in international affairs unites her interests in crime and its global impacts.

Anna presents her work at Fidelity Investments
Investigating Financial Crime

Anna’s first co-op was at Fidelity Investments where she was trained by investigators to work on cases involving identity theft, account compromise, scam victims, elderly exploitation and fraud/financial crime. The experience helped her develop an unexpected skillset in finance that she hopes to continue using in the future.

Working with Government

Early in her undergraduate career at Northeastern, Anna secured an internship in the Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, where she attended invigorating events, worked on a variety of projects, and enjoyed work that linked her two interests of criminal justice and politics.

Her second co-op was at the Office of the Attorney General working in the Criminal Bureau. Because of her training at Fidelity, where she investigated various types of crimes, she was able to adjust to the position quickly, working on projects involving human trafficking, gaming, fraud, and white-collar crime.

Governor Charlie Baker (left), Anna Sweeney (middle), Lt. Governor Karyn Polito (right)
Mentorship with Impact

Anna named Gia Barboza as a professor who had an incredibly positive influence on her career path and overall learning.

“I have never had a professor that cares so deeply about every one of her students. I have taken Criminal Due Process and Research Methods with her, and both times she would go out of her way to make sure each student understood what was being asked of them. If her office hours didn’t work with someone’s schedule, she would go out of her way to meet for coffee or lunch. Even during semesters where I did not have her as a professor, she would check in with students to see what they were up to.  I learned so much from her over my time at Northeastern and she always made me feel confident in my work.”

Next Steps

Following her second co-op, Anna started an internship with Senator Michael Moore. This work tied Anna’s co-op and internship experiences together and gave her a boost when thinking ahead to full-time jobs.

Anna participated in a varied set of classes and co-op experiences that helped further inform her ideal career path. After graduation, Anna plans to continue at Northeastern to pursue a master’s in Security and Resilience Studies with a focus on counterterrorism.

Photo by Bailey Craig
This was Anna's Northeastern Pathway... Where will yours lead?