What did you do in that position?
for the Columbia Police Department, I read and pulled vital data from numerous
crime reports about suspects, vehicles, stolen property and other important
criminal information to place in a centralized database for police to
research. I then evaluated that data for connections between suspects to try
to link crimes together and gain more details on the individual crimes. I also
started learning the process of crime mapping procedures, as well as how various
detective and police shift meetings work. The department also allowed me to go
to the shooting range with them for ballistics training, so I was able to observe
how different caliber guns penetrated different objects.
How was that experience?
experience was excellent! I am so glad I decided to do the internship this
summer. I had a great time meeting new people and making new connections, as
well as new friends. The internship even led me to an amazing part-time job
offer with the police department. This job will help me build my resume by
giving me greater experience in police work, and since it is part-time, it will
allow me to continue school. The job couldn’t be more perfect and I have my
internship to thank for that.
What have you learned?
learned a lot of valuable information throughout my internship. I learned how a
police department works and how the different departments operate, as well as
many procedures and policies. I specifically learned how policing in Columbia
works and why some of the policies are the way they are. I learned an extensive
amount about crime mapping and why it is so useful to police, as well as how it
is done. I also learned that connections within any department are extremely
important, if not the most important part of the entire position. It helped me
understand that even when you are doing tedious work that no one else wants to
do, it will still pay off because the connections you make see how hard you
work regardless of the type of work you are doing.
Did you use the Grossnickle Career Services Center?
and I also work at the Columbia College Career Services Center, so I know how
useful the staff can be. The staff helped me draft my resume and complete all
of the necessary steps for setting up my internship.
What Grossnickle Career Services Center resources did you utilize?
several individual appointments to go over my resume, making sure it was
absolutely perfect before I submitted it to my employer. Through these
appointments they also helped me fill out my college paperwork, applications
and background check correctly. Overall, the staff was extremely helpful in the
What would you tell other students about your experience with the Grossnickle Career Services Center?
Grossnickle Career Services Center helped me throughout the entire process of
getting hired at the police department for my internship. Without them I would
not have been prepared to apply at the police department and it would have
taken me much longer to get an internship—an internship that ultimately led me
to my job offer at the police department. I have many people to thank for helping
me obtain my job, and the Grossnickle Career Services Center is definitely at
the top of that list!.