Alumni Spotlight

Michael Cahill '13

After graduating from Salve Regina, Michael Cahill '13 enrolled in the master's degree program in global governance, politics and security at American University's School of International Service, where he focused on the study of terrorism and counterterrorism.

As a graduate student, Cahill traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan to attend the Baku Summer Energy School and completed a practicum with the U.S. Department of Justice's International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program. In the practicum, he and other students designed a counterterrorism curriculum that is now taught to mid-level police officers around the world.

In 2014, Cahill joined the U.S. Department of State. After interning in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, he was hired as a full-time civil service employee and selected as a Presidential Management Fellow. Fellows rotate through various offices in the federal government and are guaranteed future civil service employment within the Department of State. Cahill currently serves as the lead policy analyst for the State Department's Special Protective Equipment Review Board.

Cahill said the most beneficial aspect of the global studies program at Salve Regina is its semester of study abroad. "There are a whole lot of different cultures outside the borders of the U.S.," he said. "I think experiencing different cultures firsthand is an integral aspect of any globally-based education."