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Secret Service Partners with Iona to Forge Hiring Pathway for Students

Kent McCarthy, assistant special agent in charge of administration and recruitment at the Secret Service’s New York Field Office

BCW Member Iona University announced this week a partnership with the United States Secret Service that will include campuswide recruitment sessions for Gaels and other college students from across the Hudson Valley to help expedite the hiring process.

Kicking off the partnership at Iona, U.S. Secret Service agents spoke to six criminal justice classes about various career opportunities available within the agency as well as agency qualifications and duties. The special agents recounted their own academy experiences, providing valuable insights and advice so students are well-prepared for the rigorous process.

College seniors will be eligible to apply January 1, 2024. Students can visit or contact the Career Center for the latest list of vacancies. Underclassmen will also be aware of the agency’s requirements and policies early in their college career to ensure preparedness.

“The Secret Service is excited to partner with Iona University as we work to recruit the next generation of Secret Service agents, officers and professionals,” said Patrick J. Freaney, Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s New York Field Office. “Our goal for this partnership is to provide students with the insight and information they need to jumpstart a career with the Secret Service.” 

Matthew Cardin, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Career Initiatives at Iona University, said: “We are excited to partner and serve as a recruiting hub for the Secret Service and see it as a great fit for some of our students and the agency. We look forward to seeing the placements that will come from this partnership overtime.”

The Gerri Ripp Center for Career Development will also offer guidance to interested students throughout the entire application process.

The Secret Service will return in the Spring 2024 semester to host additional recruitment sessions and administer interviews, written examinations, and a fitness test. Applicants from the Hudson Valley will be welcomed to visit Iona University’s New Rochelle campus.To learn more about the opportunity, please contact Matt Cardin at

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