Jason Wright interned at St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado with the Security and Emergency Management Department. In this interview he explains how he was able to gain valuable experience in different law enforcement agencies, such as the local police department and SWAT team, as well as learn FBI threat assessment techniques. Jason also explains how networking has been crucial for him and his success.
Jason is an army veteran currently pursuing a dual master’s degrees at the University of Colorado in Public Administration and Criminal Justice.
Reach out to places where you would like to intern – create your own internship.
You can gain valuable experience with organizations that relate to your career goal. For example, the school Security and Emergency Management Department deals with the same types of situations, techniques and responsibilities that law enforcement organizations would be looking for.
Be proactive – ask to participate in meetings and activities that you have an interest in.
Attend career recruitment activities put on by your institution’s Career Services department in order to learn more about the organization and network. Then learn more about the organizations needs so when you interview with them you know how you can help them achieve their goals.
By getting involved more in your school groups and socially with other students, it increases your chances of networking and having people help you find an internship or job.
Help other people in your network first, give them assistance. Provide value to them and then when you need help or assistance, they will be more likely to help you.