Hannah Heyd

Hannah Heyd

Criminal Intelligence Analyst, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation
Sioux Falls, SD
English, 2011

"Be persistent in pursuing your goals even if your career takes some unexpected turns, and network as much as possible. I would not be where I am today without the relationships I built in previous jobs. Hard work and kindness do not go unnoticed, and really lend themselves to getting a hand up in achieving your future career goals."

Q&A with Hannah:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

I just completed a very demanding 200-hour professional development course through the Department of Homeland Security that will further my career as a criminal intelligence analyst. The course was comprised of a six-week online portion and two weeks in a classroom setting. We traveled to Columbia, SC for two weeks, during which time we completed practical exercises to solidify our knowledge of analytic methods and writing skills that meet DHS standards. Outside of work I volunteer with All Cats Rescue of Sioux Falls and was formerly a member of the Augustana University Symphony. Those pursuits will be on hold this fall as my husband and I will welcome our first child in November.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

My USD experience was a huge influence on my career path because USD gave me the educational foundation for the critical thinking and analytical skills I still use daily in my career. Prior to becoming a criminal intelligence analyst, however, I worked a variety of jobs that all required adaptability and the ability to think quickly and critically. Additionally, I think that completing an undergraduate degree gives everyone the opportunity to develop interpersonal skills that are priceless as one advances in any career.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

I have two: successfully defending my honors thesis my senior year at USD and receiving the job offer for my current position with the SD DCI. The application and interview process were incredibly rigorous, and that feeling of success is like nothing else I've ever experienced!

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

My USD experience was academically rigorous, and lots of fun. I was involved in the Honors Program, played violin in the USD Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. I was also a skit actress in Pi Kappa Alpha's annual "Thursday Night Live" production in the fall of 2010. I met some of my closest friends at USD, including my now-husband. We'll be celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary this December.

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