Jordan Clifford graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2016, and is from Binghamton, New York. He majored in Political Science in his undergrad at Binghamton University before coming to NYU.
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
I am currently working at JP Morgan on the Firmwide Risk Executive Reporting team. Our team leads the assessment of Operational Risks that arise from day to day business activities or external sources that might cause financial loss. We author the presentations, reports, research, memos, and talking points for the Board, senior executives, and key decision makers of the Firm in the area of Risk.
How do you use the knowledge and skills acquired at NYU in your career?
Many of the instructors instilled the importance of being able to analyze data, write short a short and concise (and convincing) story, and present that story or analysis. I leverage the above skills throughout my day, almost every day.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
NYU is the largest private research university in the US. The department is amazing. I had always heard great things and I thought what most of the professors were doing was interesting. So I decided… NYU.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed?
I’m actually in it right now. It’s US National Security with Dr. Helman. He is just phenomenal. Coming from a practitioner’s point of view, he offers a lot that you would not get in a normal academic setting. But he also approaches it in an academic sense so you get the best of both worlds from someone who has spent the majority of his career in the government.
What advice would you give to future students of the program? What is one piece of advice you would give to someone regarding professional development?
Come with an open mind. And really get involved with not only your fellow classmates but also with your professors. You’re only here for two years and they really make the most of your experience here. Talk to them, go to their office hours, build relationships and just be open to other’s opinions and their opinions.
I think there are three components: 1) Involve yourself in anything and everything you can: internships, research, student groups, local groups; on campus off campus; everything. 2) Network. You'll be surprised how much those you connect with can help you out, and vice-versa. 3) Work hard and have fun. (enjoy those happy hours and leverage Dr. Williams for drinks and a great conversation).