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Student testimonial: Anni Villeme

Degree completed:

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with a track in biology, Columbia College Day Campus.  

Extracurricular activities at Columbia College:

Member, International Club; member, Forensic Science Club; member, History Club; member, Science Club; member, Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Society; member, Sustainability Committee; member, Student Advisory Committee; participant, Emerging Leaders Institute; participant, intramural sports; residential assistant, Office of Residential Life.

Employer names:

Kansas City Crime Lab, Kansas City, Mo.; and Columbia Police Department, Columbia, Mo.

Internship titles:

Kansas City Crime Lab intern; and Columbia Police Department crime analyst and geographic information systems intern.

What did you do in those positions?

My internship with the Kansas City Crime Lab was a valuable hands-on experience. I worked with employees to create a data log of archived bullet casings and fingerprint cards, learned about bullet comparisons, and collected trace evidence from vehicles to be processed by various agencies. I also gained exposure to jobs in different areas of the crime lab, including firearms, trace evidence, chemistry, fingerprinting, DNA and photography. As the crime analyst and geographic information systems intern with the Columbia Police Department, I maintained the “Burglary, Robbery, and Larceny for Motor Vehicle” logs. I also generated weekly reports showing activity that happened in high frequency call areas around Columbia and designed a log of recent parolees.

How were those experiences?

These experiences were an absolute joy. I learned more about the crime lab every day I was there. Not only did I learn about laboratory techniques and applications, I also learned how the lab collaborates with different agencies and utilizes internally collected information, such as data on quality assurance, to improve the crime lab’s functions.

What have you learned?

There is so much I learned at both internships. I learned a lot about the computer systems used to organize the data that comes into the police department. I also got a good sense of what crime scene investigators do and how they collect evidence. I learned many hands-on skills, such as how to complete audits, compare bullet casings, enter information into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, complete worksheets for evidence, and set up and utilize a rape kit.

What Grossnickle Career Services Center resources did you utilize?

I made individual appointments to work on my resume, mock interviews and cover letters. I also participated in workshops for speed networking, etiquette dinners, resume writing, internships and many others.

What would you tell other students about your experience with the Grossnickle Career Services Center?

The Grossnickle Career Services Center provides the best help with any sort of question you have about researching jobs and internships, and getting help with your resume. Not only does the staff provide helpful resources and information, it also can give positive and constructive criticism about what you need to do to become the best interviewee, resume writer or job searcher. The staff is flexible and willing to help in any way. Definitely take advantage of the services available to you!


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