Thanks to the generosity of the Bergami Family and the UNH Division of Student Affairs, eight UNH undergraduate students received a stipend to cover expenses related to their unpaid internship experience. The eight recipients will be reflecting on their internship experience over the course of the summer. This entry is from Megan Cox, Forensic Science Major, who is interning with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
My internship at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was the perfect opportunity for me. Being a forensic science major with a certificate in fire arson investigation, this internship will help me prepare for my future career as a fire investigator. I am not sure if I would like to work for the public or private side of investigation, but this internship will hopefully give me insight into working for a government agency. The ATF is the only government agency that has a specific group for fire and explosives. Because of this, I chose this internship site in order to work with ATF agents, analysts, and certified fire investigators (CFI).
During my time at the ATF, I will strive to gain knowledge about the agency and fire investigation. I hope I will get the opportunity to go to a fire scene with the CFIs and be able to see first-hand how a scene is processed. At the University of New Haven, we learn about the scenes and the fire behavior. I know the material from my classes, and I hope to use my experiential education to expand this knowledge. Besides fire investigation, I also want to experience the forensic work that the ATF performs. Although I might not be in the ATF forensic laboratory, there are many databases and systems that were spoken about in my forensic classes that are used by the ATF. These systems are used for tracing firearms, linking ballistics to crimes, etc. I am expecting to learn from a multitude of people while at this internship. I want to experience everything I can this summer, whether it be at a scene or in the office. When I return for my classes in the fall, I want to be able to know the information not just because of a book, but because I experienced it this summer. I am excited to find out what experiences this internship has in store for me, and what connections I can make with people along the way.