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Neil Bhatiya, Marist ‘06

Neil majored in History and is a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

What has your career path been to this point?

For the past year, I have been a Policy Advisor at the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. There I work on policies to protect the U.S. financial system from a variety of criminal and national security threats. Prior to joining the government, I worked at a variety of national security-focused thinks where I focused on illicit finance, energy, and climate change.

Can you share a memory from your time at HRVI that stands out as meaningful?

Among the memories that stand out the most are the public events I did while at HRVI. Re-enactments and panel discussions are an important part about educating the public. Putting them on was a lot of hard work, but everyone pitched in and it was a valuable experience. Bottom line, they were just tons of fun.

How has your experience at HRVI helped you advance your education and/or professional pursuits since graduating from Marist?

Two of the most valuable skills for my current position (and life in general really) are the ability to work as a team and writing well. HRVI made you do both from Day One, and the leadership knew how to both challenge you, as well as uplift your work.

As HRVI celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022, do you have any advice for future HRVI interns based on your time at HRVI and your experience in your professional field?

Try to learn something new every day.