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This spring, the Booz Allen Recruiting Bus, affectionately known as BARB, will make stops at more than eight university campuses on the East Coast. To help you learn more about what it’s like to work at Booz Allen, we’re introducing you to employees who attended each school.
Meet Cal Anderson
An ’09 University of Maryland College Park grad, he does intelligence analysis work for the Department of Defense at Booz Allen.
“This company places a strong emphasis on the development of its people.”
I love my work at Booz Allen because I love solving problems.
I work in intelligence, using my eight years of active-duty Army intelligence experience to review raw data and make assessments for my clients at the Department of Defense. My work directly supports our national defense by helping ensure that our nation’s warfighters have the best information available.
I’m proud of the times when my work has helped predict threats against our nation and enabled our forces to respond proactively. There’s a lot of joy in knowing that your efforts matter.
Many of my coworkers have 20, 30 years of experience serving our nation. That experience makes the difference between poorly informed soldiers, and a fighting force with access to the most accurate, up-to-date intelligence.
I chose to work at Booz Allen because I wanted to work at a firm that I could grow with. This company places a strong emphasis on the development of its people. It provides opportunities to move around and take on a variety of challenges, as well as to grow into managerial roles.
I would tell my fellow Terps that choosing to work here right out of college is a no brainer. From your onboarding experience to the support throughout your career, Booz Allen is an amazing place to begin your professional life.
There’s also something to be said for working for a 100-year-old consulting firm with a name and reputation like Booz Allen’s. This isn’t some Acme Corp. fly-by-night. This is the big leagues.
Meet Michele Benchouk
She earned a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and does environmental permitting and corrective action work at Booz Allen.
“Booz Allen trusts you. If you show professionalism, integrity, smarts, and creativity, the opportunities are endless.”
Booz Allen trusts you. If you show professionalism, integrity, smarts, and creativity, the opportunities are endless.
I started here right out of college, working on the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Superfund, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act hotlines. On my first project, I learned about these key regulations in depth, then I got to transfer to San Antonio where I jumped into their practical application.
I now work primarily on environmental permitting and corrective actions around the country, integrating federal and state regulations, industry guidance, and best engineering and management practices.
My work helps streamline environmental projects, accelerating cleanups and ensuring that permits are appropriately protective of human health and the environment. I like knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of the people living near contaminated sites.
One of my proudest achievements came when I was helping the EPA develop an appropriate cleanup strategy for a waterfront site in Dayton, Ohio, that had significant contamination. The facility proposed permanently fencing off the property and allowing the contamination to remain in place, creating a new “brownfield.” I put forward an alternative strategy that involved direct evaluation of risk, a targeted cleanup action, and eventually reopening the property for redevelopment.
I visited the site years later to find that the city has turned it into a park with waterside walking trails. It felt like I had directly enhanced the quality of life for people in the area. I like knowing that I am making a difference.
My master’s in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins helped develop my ability to think critically and ask the most pertinent questions. That skill is really important at Booz Allen, where we have to wade through minutiae to get to the heart of the problem in order to find the most effective solution.
My advice to recent graduates starting here at Booz Allen is to jump in. Trust yourself. Ask questions. Be open to discussion, and listen to your mentors. Work hard and have integrity. Be ready to grow!
Meet Sergio Arango
With master’s and bachelor’s degrees from George Mason University, he works on cybersecurity policy and governance at Booz Allen.
“Booz Allen offers opportunities to work closely with experts in almost any area that interests you.”
I was drawn to Booz Allen by its range and diversity of work, and a culture of inclusion that allows for collaboration across technical areas. It’s also a company with a great reputation globally that offers growth opportunities and a career trajectory.
My team’s policy and governance work influences cybersecurity behavior in the cloud. We’re showing clients that secure cyber solutions don’t have to be inefficient for business or impossible for users.
Back in May 2016, the Booz Allen team I work with launched a cloud computing governance board at a federal agency that handles foreign policy issues. By setting up a board that’s officially the sole authority on cloud computing for the entire agency, we showcased how a small team of committed consultants can respond to a client’s most complex requirements. We received outstanding feedback. One of my proudest moments was when an executive-level representative recommended our customer service-oriented approach to security and governance as an example for other boards at the agency to follow.
I’ve always been excited about technology work, but about 6 years ago I decided to focus on developing a more specific expertise. I pursued a master’s degree in cybersecurity at George Mason when I realized that was the area of tech that I found most interesting. It’s vitally important to every organization and individual on the planet.
George Mason University’s culture of innovation gives students the confidence to think outside the box, and prepares them to work at places like Booz Allen, where new ideas are valued.
With so many people doing business in such a huge variety of sectors and technical areas, Booz Allen offers opportunities to work closely with experts in almost any area that interests you. The firm also provides fantastic resources—devoted career managers, informational brown bags, webinars, online courses, social groups. It’s a great place to start—or continue—a career.
Meet Gabrielle Gonzalez
After graduating from Virgina Tech in 2016, she became an environmental consultant at Booz Allen. Now she’s working on projects for FEMA and the U.S. Navy.
“Early in your career, it’s important to expose yourself to as many opportunities as possible... Booz Allen lets you do just that.”
I like working at Booz Allen because of the team-oriented culture and the diversity of work opportunities. I’ve worked on environmental projects for both civil and defense clients simultaneously, and I frequently work with and learn from people with different skill sets and expertise. It’s great to be able to do that. It keeps work both interesting and challenging.
I currently work on contracts for both the U.S. Navy and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
For the Navy, I support the Overseas Drinking Water Program, which helps ensure that sailors and their families have access to clean and safe drinking water while serving abroad. For FEMA, my team and I help regionally implement the Unified Federal Review process. Our ultimate goal is to streamline environmental reviews so that disaster recovery happens more quickly and effectively, ultimately benefiting impacted communities.
I chose to work in environmental consulting because I wanted to help solve complex environmental problems. Booz Allen felt like the right place to do it because it’s a company that emphasizes problem solving and using your work to make the world a better place.
My time at Virginia Tech prepared me for life at Booz Allen in many ways. It prepared me to communicate professionally. It gave me experience working with teams to solve problems. And it taught me to use my passions to serve others.
Booz Allen is a great place for your first job out of college because it allows you to meet so many different people with so many different passions and skills. Early in your career, it’s important to expose yourself to as many opportunities as possible, and gain as many skill sets as possible. Booz Allen lets you to do just that.
Meet Ryan Barraco
With degrees from both Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, he now works on regulatory science and medical product development projects at Booz Allen.
“If you have the motivation, the opportunities here are unlimited.”
Challenging work, impact, and the people: These are the reasons that I like working at Booz Allen.
I’ve always been interested in solving problems, and my team and I help solve some of the biggest challenges in public health. We try constantly to find better ways to increase access to safe and effective treatments while also attempting to improve the experience of the scientific reviewers who evaluate new medical product applications.
Because we work in public health, we have the opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives. The projects we work on require expertise and consistent, high-level performance, and the people I work with are some of the brightest and hardest-working individuals I’ve ever met. I’m lucky to be part of such a great team.
I’m particularly proud of a project where we helped the FDA develop a service to assist clinical reviewers in reviewing and analyzing clinical study data. The service made it easier for reviewers to understand the data quality early in the marketing application review process, and to generate tool outputs that are useful for reviewing safety and efficacy data.
For recent college grads, Booz Allen provides exposure to experts and leaders in their chosen field, and a diverse range of challenging projects. It also strives to grow and incubate talented individuals through training, mentoring, and sponsorship. If you have the motivation, the opportunities here are unlimited.
At Virginia Tech, I studied biology and economics. My professors and coursework provided me with a solid foundation of scientific knowledge and analytical skills that have served me throughout my career.
At the University of Maryland, I obtained an MBA in management and organization that gave me a new perspective on how to run and operate an organization. I have used many of the theories and methodologies in my day-to-day work.
Degrees from both schools are well-respected here at Booz Allen, especially in the DC metro area where I work. I have plenty of opportunities to talk about Hokie football!
Meet Britney Berg
She's been working on federal healthcare policy projects at Booz Allen since she graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015.
Booz Allen provides its employees with the agency and autonomy to shape their own careers while building skills that translate across all lines of work. There are so many opportunities to explore a new field, to find a project or community of practice that’s supporting something you’re passionate about, or to develop a new expertise.
In the nearly 2 years I’ve been here, I’ve worked on five different projects. I’m not pigeonholed into a certain role or subject area. I get to learn about so many different sectors of the healthcare landscape, both from project work and from being surrounded by knowledgeable colleagues. There’s such a supportive and cooperative attitude here. People want you to learn and grow and are always willing to take the time and energy to help.
Healthcare is always going to be relevant and changing. From clinical interventions, to healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act, to combating fraud, waste, and abuse, there are so many aspects of the industry that directly impact peoples’ lives. When I took a health policy class during my second year at UVA, I realized I had found a subject I didn’t want to stop learning about.
The projects I’ve worked on here are directly related to implementing or maintaining major healthcare reform, or protecting plan beneficiaries. Booz Allen has empowered me to have a voice in the field I’m so passionate about.
I currently support the Medicaid Payment Error Rate (PERM) Eligibility Review Contractor (ERC) project as a state communications lead, coordinating efforts between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), other PERM contractors, and the 17 states participating in the current round of PERM reviews. I build relationships with states, conduct reviews, develop CMS deliverables, and work towards producing eligibility information contributing to the overall error rate. It’s a highly visible project, and I’m excited to see how our findings impact future Medicaid policy.
Meet Ava Beckman
She graduated from Penn State University in 2012. Now focused on applied mathematics and natural language processing, she once helped USAID save lives in developing countries.
“Since I arrived at Booz Allen, I haven’t been bored. I’m not pigeon-holed into one area here.”
The reason I enjoy working at Booz Allen so much is that I get to keep growing.
One of my previous projects was with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund. It was great work! We delivered life-saving HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria medications to the developing world. I had the opportunity to interact with foreign governments and the U.S. Department of State, and to actually travel and meet the patients and doctors who our programs impact.
When I was a student in the French and Francophone Studies department at Penn State, everybody used to ask me what I planned on doing with that degree. I was selected for the USAID project because of my background in French and Spanish as well as my data science skills. It was exactly the kind of work I pictured doing back when I was an undergrad, and it’s why I decided to come work at Booz Allen. It’s great to see a place where language skills are really valuable in a business context.
Since that project ended, I’ve been working on a series of projects focused on applied mathematics and natural language processing (NLP). My French degree was actually focused on linguistics, so NLP was a good fit.
This gets back to the reason that I went into consulting: my government gig was really boring. Since I arrived at Booz Allen, I haven’t been bored. I’m not pigeon-holed into one area here, but rather get to use my network to find the exact kinds of projects I want to work on. I learn something new on each one.
Meet Rebecca Haug
After graduating from Penn State in 2001, she came to Booz Allen as an entry-level engineer. She's now a principal in our Cyber business.
“Training opportunities gave me the building blocks to transition into a technical leadership role.”
I graduated with a computer science degree from Penn State University in 2001 and joined Booz Allen as an entry level engineer.
Early on, I didn’t quite know where I wanted my career to go, but I was drawn to the notion of solving challenging technical problems, and providing thought leadership and innovation to missions that really mattered. I served in a broad set of technical roles, ranging from requirements analysis, testing, satellite communications, systems engineering, and systems integration across multiple initiatives and markets. A plethora of training opportunities gave me the building blocks to transition into a technical leadership role overseeing both a functional capability and a technical delivery team.
One of the projects I managed was a $35 million task order supporting the transport and dissemination of intelligence surveillance reconnaissance data worldwide. Our team engineered and deployed a quick-reaction capability providing standard and HD video for forces in Southwest Asia. It distributes piloted and remotely-piloted aircraft imagery and sensor data to commanders, intelligence analysts, and deployed forces, providing soldiers with the necessary tools to support counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) initiatives—and ultimately saving countless innocent lives.
One of the major challenges Booz Allen has faced historically is retaining highly technical talent that’s interested in advancement, but not necessarily interested in the firm’s traditional career progression model. Changes to our engineering career model now provide the ability to choose a technical career path and still have opportunities to advance to the firm’s highest levels. This fundamental shift has been critical in attracting and maintaining the talent pool we need to realize our vision for Booz Allen’s engineering business.
She graduated from James Madison University in 2014. Now she's a Booz Allen operations research analyst doing intelligence work for the U.S. Army.
As an operations research analyst at Booz Allen, I contribute to a number of studies that help U.S. Army decision-makers improve operational efficiency.
The work I do helps provide soldiers with everything they need to be successful at their jobs. It can save lives. It also helps the Army get the most value out of the money it spends.
I chose to work in the intelligence community because of its impact on national security and our interests overseas. The nature of my job requires me to research, analyze, and defend ideas that do not always align with the government’s traditional way of thinking. My role is to ensure that decisions are made with full knowledge of all options and their implications.
Senior officers often already have a decision in mind prior to the analysis. When that decision conflicts with my recommendations, it can make for a tough conversation.
For diplomatically defending the results of my analyses, and not bending to the client’s wants over their needs, my superiors recently recognized me for embodying one of Booz Allen’s core values: “Unflinching Courage.”
That’s one of the reasons I like working here. The firm and its leaders do not hesitate to give you the recognition you deserve. I never feel overlooked. The amount of trust the firm and its leaders have in me, especially with my being younger, strikes me as something that differentiates Booz Allen from other large companies.
There are specific avenues here for recent graduates to set themselves up for long-term achievement. Every one of the senior leaders I’ve met has been ready to give advice and provide mentorship.
Booz Allen’s great reputation is what initially drew me to the firm. Its supportive leadership is why I have stayed.
Meet Katherine Bishop
She graduated from James Madison University in 2015. Now she's a geospatial analyst doing intelligence work at Booz Allen.
“It was empowering to know that the senior leaders here fully trusted me to represent the company. ”
The work that I do at Booz Allen has an impact on what our government knows and thinks. I may be one small piece of a much larger puzzle, but knowing that I am a part of that puzzle is very humbling.
I just finished working on a data management and analytics project for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Professional Certification Program Management Office, and I will soon be developing web-mapping applications for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). My career manager found the DTRA project for me, knowing that it was a perfect opportunity for me to progress my career in the direction I want it to go.
New opportunities are constantly opening up here, and there’s a focus on finding the right people to fill them. When you’re ready to change projects, or when your leadership team sees an opportunity for you to advance your career, you’re encouraged to go for it. There’s no single path to success here. You’re in charge of your own career.
I chose to work at Booz Allen for a variety of reasons, but primarily because of the very successful internship I had here the summer before my senior year. With that, I got to see how the company works and get a feel for its culture. Having heard intern horror stories about being treated as a coffee and lunch runner, I was shocked to see how Booz Allen treated me as an equal.
At last year’s GEOINT Symposium, I was by far the youngest employee working Booz Allen’s booth. It was empowering to know that the senior leaders here fully trusted me to represent the company. In my mind, it proved that Booz Allen truly taps the person they believe to be best for the task or position at hand.