Ask Questions and Clarify – Megan Cox

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).

A team player to me is someone who can support their group with encouragement and be able to work together with the other members in order to achieve a specific goal. By this definition, I think that I am a team player because I like to help and work together with others. On a team, there are different roles that a person can play. For example, someone could be a leader on the team, while others are followers. One is not particularly better than the other. A good follower is someone who can listen and follow directions in order to get something accomplished. They also can give their thoughts and opinions to better the group. A leader on the other hand is someone who assists in assembling the group in order to achieve a goal. To me, a leader shows by example and listens to their teammates. With this dynamic, the team can achieve whatever they set their minds toward.

One of the last times I worked as a team was during the school year. As a resident assistant, I worked with my staff to create a safe and inclusive environment for the residents. In this team, I was a follower who listened to my Senior Resident Assistant and Area Coordinator. Working with a large staff meant that sometimes we could have communicated better, but for the most part, we worked very well together. I used my RA experience to help me with my internship at the ATF this summer. I learned that communication is key when working with a large group. I made sure I communicated everything to the ATF agents. I asked questions and clarified points that did not make sense to me. The Arson and Explosives group had to work as a team for interviews and following up on leads. With their group supervisor and the agent in charge of the case, the group was able to investigate many cases and achieve their common goal of getting arsonist and bombers of the streets.

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