Broncs learn from federal agents – The Rider News

By Sarah F. Griffin

The International Revenue Service (IRS) hosted a training day at Rider’s campus on October 14 for students interested in entering the law enforcement field.

“Programs like this are important because they give us the opportunity to conduct our research at universities and colleges across the country and spread the word about what it means to be a Special Agent,” said Tom Rudnicki, Special Agent for the IRS criminal investigations.

Rudnicki, a field officer, said the program will benefit students because “it will definitely give them insight into what we do and how we do our work.” He added: ‘When we get to get out into colleges and universities and do our outreach, that’s definitely an aspect that shines a light on the jobs that we actually do so that people can get a real view of what a special agent is. for IRS Criminal Investigation done on a given day.

Rudnicki said that while most of his work is done in the field, he and his partner, who declined to be interviewed, “Try to make ourselves as widely available as possible, and we’re always looking to branch out into other schools.”

According to Rudnicki, many of the students at the event were accounting students. “To be an IRS special agent, you need an accounting degree or some kind of business degree, or you could have any other degree and at least fifteen accounting credits. We try to have a good mix of students who are accounting or business majors, with the minimum accounting requirements,” Rudnicki said.

Of the students who went to the event, Rudnicki said, “I think they were very motivated. Rider has always been a very successful school for us – I believe this is our fourth or fifth time here – and we can’t wait to come back and show the next class what we do too because it’s good to spark interest, and we have always had a great welcome here.”

Rudnicki emphasized how Rider has always been a successful school for organizing events like these.

“Rider is as friendly and warm a university as we have ever been, so we plan to return, and the students demonstrate why every time we meet them, with their enthusiasm and the quality of their education,” added Rudnicki.

Mandy McLean, a criminal justice major who plans to become a lawyer or FBI agent after graduating, attended the IRS event. “I just felt like it would benefit me because I want to work for the federal government in the future,” McLean said. “Today I actually learned a lot of important things, mainly what it’s like to be a day-to-day working officer and the different things they put in their cases.”

One of the activities that McLean said was most beneficial was the mock interview section, where participants had to “go talk to a client.” McLean said the training helped her “set up [her] career path. »

Zachary Schmid, a freshman criminal justice student, also attended the training to see if he was interested in the IRS.

“I plan to join law enforcement after I graduate, so when I saw this project was going to happen, I was definitely going to,” Schmid said.

After completing the training, Schmid said, “I learned how the IRS deals with an extreme amount of numbers; the amount of paperwork and patience is extraordinary. I can tell you it’s not an easy job; these agents are top notch.

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