College of Health and Human Services / College of Liberal Arts
Teresa Koebbe of St. Louis and a senior at Southeast Missouri State University, is interning this summer with the Secret Service at the federal courthouse in St. Louis.
She says she’s getting exposure to a number of areas in the Secret Service and is learning about jobs in several related agencies. She says she’s attended an air lift for prisoners to be taken to different parts of the country. Teresa also got the chance to meet the director of the Secret Service.
Teresa is double majoring in criminal justice and German, and also is working toward earning a double minor in information systems and accounting.
“I have already learned from this experience that I am in the right field of study and am pursuing a career that I will enjoy,” she says.
Teresa says, “Dr. (Mike) Brown in the Criminal Justice Department helped me find my internship and get it set up.”
She says she works at the internship three days a week doing various tasks.
“My favorite part of the experience so far is the daily interaction with the agents,” she says.
Teresa says she’s looking forward to her awaiting opportunities after graduation.
“I hope this internship gives me real-life experience and training in the Secret Service and that the knowledge I gain will make me a better candidate for employment after I graduate,” she says.
In addition to her internship, Teresa also studied in Germany. She studied abroad during her sophomore year for four months.
“I learn better in the smaller environment, but I was able to broaden my horizons with my time in Germany and now this internship,” she says.
Besides Teresa’s internship and her study abroad experience, Teresa has been involved in several activities on the University’s campus.
“I do a lot of volunteer work with the coed service fraternity on campus,” says Teresa, adding she is the vice president of service for Alpha Phi Omega. “I always had an interest in volunteering, and the organization made it easy for me to do so. Plus, I’ve made a lot of great friends,” commented Teresa.
Teresa says she also enjoys going to the Student Recreation Center on campus.
“It’s a lot of fun to go there with friends and play basketball, volleyball and other sports,” she says.
“Southeast as a university has contributed a lot to my success,” Teresa says, “The University was just the right size for me. It’s not a huge university, but it offers all the amenities of one.”
Teresa encourages future Southeast students to get involved on campus and off. The experiences and knowledge gained help build resumes and contribute to the whole experience of Southeast, she says.