Brandon Gould, Class of 2009, Returns to Batten

Brandon Gould, a member of the Batten School’s inaugural class, returned to Grounds last week with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). Gould represented IDA at the 2011 Diversity Career Fair on Wednesday, November 2 and gave a presentation to Batten students the following afternoon in Garrett Hall Commons. He highlighted the many career and internship opportunities available for Batten students at IDA, particularly those with strong analytic or statistics backgrounds and an interest in defense policy.

“Overall, I am extremely impressed with the continuing improvements—both to Garrett Hall and the MPP program—at the Batten School. When the first class enrolled in 2008, much of the program had to be built from scratch. In the span of four short years, the Batten School has simultaneously broadened its academic scope and crafted a unique identity within the public policy community at a very rapid pace. Today’s Batten School appears to be an exciting place with many opportunities for students to do interesting and impactful analysis on the critical issues of the day. I am proud to be an alumnus of such a dynamic institution, and I anticipate a bright future for the Batten School and its graduates.”

-Brandon Gould, Class of 2009

The Institute for Defense Analyses is a non-profit, federally-funded research organization that studies national security issues for the US government. Gould began his career with IDA in the fall of 2010 and works in the Cost Analysis and Research Division of the Studies and Analyses Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia. Genevieve Heckel (Acc. ’11) also recently began a career with IDA in the Joint Advanced Warfighting Division. Information on career opportunities with IDA can be found on their website.

Post by Rob Panos

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