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Student Capitalizes on What Washington, DC, Has to Offer

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Talk about taking full advantage of Marymount’s location!
Tim Brezinski ’11 from Aurora, IL, a Chicago suburb, says he chose Marymount University because its program offerings allowed him to merge two of his strong interests, computing and national security, into a solid career. What better place to be, before and after graduation, than in the Washington, DC region, where Marymount is located?

Tim is working on his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a Computer Forensics specialization and a minor in Criminal Justice.

He explains, "I chose Marymount because I knew that being next door to DC would mean lots of opportunity for me. And that's exactly what has happened: I've obtained great internships that have given me solid work experience and a valuable network of contacts.”

Starting in his freshman year, Tim has worked 10 to 15 hours a week on Capitol Hill, as an intern for Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL). He says, “This internship will be great on my resume, and I hope it will help me get a job. I have even given tours of the Capitol, including to the mayor of Beijing!”

The great professional connections of Marymount’s faculty also have been useful to Tim. He says, “I want to do cyber-security work for the government, so it’s great that most of my IT professors have worked with federal law enforcement. I usually get weekly e-mails from my professors about internships or IT-related job leads.”

In summer 2010, Tim found a plum position: a paid internship that also provided housing and which fulfilled Marymount’s internship-for-academic-credit requirement. The internship was with a software development firm, like many in the Northern Virginia high-tech corridor surrounding Marymount.

With graduation in May 2011, Tim has begun applying for jobs in the DC region. But he’s also considering staying on at Marymount, which offers a master’s degree in IT with several specializations, including Computer Security, and a graduate certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance.

Either way, Tim says, “I’m very optimistic about my future.”