Internship: US Marshall Service– Federal Intern
Major: Political Science
Concentration: Criminal Law
Activities: Men’s Lacrosse
Finding the Internship
I learned about the internship from a family friend and I applied at the US Attorney’s Office. The office I worked in was very small. There were only 8 deputies and 3 interns. Interns did not typically work on the same day so I got to see and experience a lot.
A typical day included anything from serving court papers to people being summoned, to assisting with prisoner transport, and/or helping take prisoners to holding cells from the transport van. I also performed background checks because I had an FBI clearance.
What I Learned
I learned how important it is to lead by example. Law enforcement agents need to show people that they can make better choices and that there is a better life that they can lead. I also learned that our judicial system is very different then what is shown on TV. It is more traumatic because every day you see firsthand the horrible decisions people make and the consequences of their decisions.
My 1st day was probably my best day because I was so excited to be there. I looked at fugitive files, dealt with detainees and got the feel of the job right away
What Everyone Should Know
Internships are really important. Many people don’t take advantage of internship opportunities while they are in college and that is unfortunate. I knew in my junior year that I had to have an internship so I worked hard and was proactive about finding one. Networking is also really important because you never know where it might lead you. I met a lot of people at my internship that could help me down the line.
One thing I learned throughout entire experience was the importance of having patience. Although it's tough to have, it is definitely needed. And when you work hard, the rest takes care of itself.
Long Term Plans
I would like to work for federal agency down the line. There are many opportunities for me to grow within law enforcement, and hopefully I will be one of the lucky ones to take advantage of those opportunities.