MCU Alumnus and U.S. Navy Veteran Kevin Brown Shares his Success Story
Kevin Brown, served as a Logistics Specialist 2nd Class in the United States Navy and deployed three times with the Electronic Attack Squadron 141, onboard the USS George H.W. Bush (2011), and the USS George Washington (2012, 2013). After graduating as a member of MCU’s Class of 2018, (Bachelor of Arts, Business with an emphasis in Finance & Accounting) he now works as a Financial Analyst for CBS Television Distribution in Santa Monica, following three separate internships for the company. He credits MCU’s strong Internship Program, and their work with Veteran students, for helping him achieve his goals.
Why, as a veteran, did you chose to attend MCU? What was it about the university that drew you in?
There were two things that drew me to MCU: first, a family friend told me that they had a great veterans coordinator who will make the application process easy; second, I liked that the school had small classes.
Briefly describe your experience at MCU.
As a student the small classes were really beneficial and I got to know a lot of the professors, and as a Veteran I never had problems when it came to receiving benefits. My standout experience would have to be the Student Veterans of America conference. While many schools only sent a few veterans to the conference, MCU sent any veteran that wanted to attend.
As a member of the Student Veterans Organization, can you describe your experience?
I was the Treasurer and Vice-President for the Student Veterans Organization. It was a mix between a regular student organization and a veterans social club. The SVO held several events during my time: Lowering the flag on 9/11, a movie night hosted by the SVO at the Dorms, “22 a day push up challenge” (to raise awareness of veteran suicide), and various others. We also got the Student Veteran Center, where I spend the majority of my time on the Ocean View Campus.
Why do you feel MCU is a good fit for veterans?
MCU veterans have a special place at the school and if you work with the school you will be set up for life after college. You’re not just another number, you’ll get to know the professors and build relationships with them.
Please briefly describe your internship experiences. How did these internship experiences relate to your academic studies?
I started at CBS as a promotions assistant with CBS Radio. During this time I attended a veteran mixer where I met many veterans including Bryon, the Director of Strategic Sourcing. My relationship with him resulted in an internship with CBS Strategic Sourcing. This year, three weeks before graduation, I was offered a full-time Financial Analyst position with CBS Television.
There are ample opportunities for veterans in Los Angeles, because MCU has so many connections they were able to get information about an internship specifically for veterans, which ultimately led to my full-time job.