Juliet King

Nov. 20, 2018

Criminology and psychology major Juliet “Jules” King ’19 likes to be busy. Between her double majors, double minors (neuroscience and Arabic), role as vice president of Student Ambassadors and her job at the FBI, it’s hard to imagine how she found the time to create the new career networking series, HawkTalks.

“When I was told to pick one thing to focus on [for a major], I just couldn’t,” King said with a laugh. “So, I picked four, and I really like forensic science, so I have taken almost all of the credits for that too. My mom likes to tell me that I don’t sleep enough, but sometimes when I sneeze, I close my eyes.”

While working at the UNCW call center and giving tours, King learned a lot about the variety of degree programming on campus. She heard about unique networking opportunities that the Cameron School of Business offers, and thought ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we had programs like that for every major on campus?’ She decided to do what she could to make it a reality.

“The idea was to create a series that fills in the gaps for some of the majors and programs that don’t have as many dedicated resources to bring alumni back to campus,” she said. “The idea is to bring professionals in those areas to campus so students can hear about careers, network and potentially get their foot in the door for some of those internships that are so important during college.”

After almost a year of interdepartmental coordination, encouragement and some serious networking, HawkTalks’ first panel is ready for rollout November 28, and King could not be happier.

“I want to expose students to the many different ways that they can use a major because it’s been so important to me to be able to really see that,” said King. “I have gotten a lot of opportunities here at UNCW and made a lot of connections.”

One of those opportunities, an internship with the FBI, allowed King to pursue her passion in law enforcement and ultimately led to a job position. She currently works counterterrorism for the bureau here in Wilmington.

“I was stalked when I was in high school, and it was a horrible experience. It was part of the reason I knew I wanted to be in the FBI,” she said. “It’s traumatic to go through something like that. I thought it would be a worthwhile career to help make people feel safe again. I’ve also found that it really fits my personality. I love the camaraderie of law enforcement. It’s a blast to go to work, and you don’t have to do the same thing every day!”

-- Christina Schechtman