After hearing about The Washington Center from different faculty members on my campus, I decided to apply for this prestigious program. After finding out that I had been selected to participate in the fall 2008 semester, I had to decide on a place to intern. My program advisor, Sarah Jagolinzer, helped me find an internship that fit exactly what I was looking for: Crime scene investigation with science involved. I applied for an internship with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in the Death and Homicide Unit.
I flew to Washington, D.C. on July 8 and had my interview on July 10. I was nervous out of my mind. There were two people interviewing me at once. One would throw a question at me and then the other would follow with another question. I waited about two weeks to hear the results of the interview. Finally, I get an email from Jennifer Prasarn stating that she would like to offer me a position with NCIS. How exciting!! I accepted the position in a heartbeat. The course I selected was forensic psychology. I believe this course will be beneficial to me because it ties in with my major, Anthropology/Biology.
There are many things I hope to gain from The Washington Center. The internship will be very demanding but interesting. The forensic psychology course I chose will help me better understand forensics from a different perspective. I also hope to gain critical thinking skills. Although I am already a good thinker, it is a must that I think critically in the NCIS setting. Since I will be working in the Death and Homicide Unit, I need to be able to think logically and reason in order to work my assigned cases.
Overall, I am excited to begin this new experience. I’ll keep you updated during the semester!