Philly Life – 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).

Because of my internship this summer, I was able to experience the city of Philadelphia more than ever before. Despite living in Philly my entire life, this summer opened my eyes to the historical area. Since my internship is located near historic Philadelphia, I was able to walk passed Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Although these things have nothing to do with the ATF, I would never have the chance to stop and look around at my beautiful city.

Within the ATF, I have had many new experiences that have taken me out of my comfort zone. One example of this was when I was taken to the shooting range. I have no family members in law enforcement so I had never touched a gun, let alone shot one. The agents who were training made it look so easy, while I only hit the target a couple of times.  I also was able to get a tour of the ATF National Forensic Laboratory and Fire Research Laboratory in Maryland. I probably never would have gotten to opportunity to go otherwise. I went with my group supervisor and one of the special agents in the arson and explosives group. We were given the grand tour, including an up close look into their burn rooms. I specifically liked this part of the tour because at the University of New Haven, the fire science department has their own burn rooms. It was interesting to see that the training we do in the fire investigation courses is the same as what the professionals are doing. I am able to use my knowledge that I have learned from my fire investigation classes every day. I was able to go to a fire scene to look around and take part in an interview. It was very rewarding to see what actually goes on after a fire takes place.

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