After a long and arduous application process, Gabrielle D. Grimmett ’17 was accepted to intern with the U.S. Secret Service over the summer in their Brooklyn, N.Y field office.
Prior to beginning the internship Grimmett said, “I believe this internship will help me achieve my goals by showing me the different fields in forensic science and criminal justice,” says Grimmett, of Stamford, Conn. “Having this experience will help me figure out what career I will want to pursue in the future.”
The application process, Grimmett says, was lengthy and consisted of an extensive background check, an interview and hours of filling out paperwork and forms. She says The Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education helped her to prepare for the interview by giving her mock interviews and tips on how to have a great interview.
The Secret Service provides academic, study-related work assignments that allow students to explore career options in addition to developing personal and professional skills. Many of Grimmett’s assignments were of a clerical nature that allowed for career exploration and preparation for a possible future employment with the Secret Service. Grimmett was most excited to learn what it’s like to be a government official and about different careers in the forensic field.
Although only a sophomore, Grimmett believes her time at HWS has already prepared her to succeed at her internship and in the professional world. On campus, she is a member of the Mountain Film Club and participates in the Geneva Heroes Program. She has not yet declared a major.
“My time at HWS has prepared me for this internship by teaching me how to work effectively and quickly as well as how to write and be in the professional world,” Grimmett says. “The Geneva Heroes Program definitely helped me by giving me a chance to develop leadership skills that will enable me to work well with my colleagues and my supervisors in the workplace.”