Aspiring Deputy Interns with U.S. Marshals Service
College of Health and Human Services (Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology)
Kevin Magnan of St. Louis, Mo., is a Southeast Missouri State University student interning with the U.S. Marshals Service in Tulsa, Okla.
Kevin’s internship responsibilities include assisting deputy U.S. marshals with paperwork for processing prisoners, moving and interacting with prisoners, attending court and completing special assignments. Some of his most memorable moments from his time with the U.S. Marshals Service involved salvaging a government vehicle that was in an accident, archiving one-year-old investigative files for headquarters and accompanying two deputy U.S. marshals on a prison transport trip to Oklahoma City.
“I am very optimistic after completing this internship that I will go forward to become a deputy U.S. marshal. After completing over 300 hours with the district, I feel that I fit in very well with the culture of the U.S. Marshals Service. By showing initiative and working hard every day during my internship, I hope that the district I work in will assist and aid me in fulfilling my career goals. Also, my time with the U.S. Marshals Service has helped tremendously to understand how the department operates and who they look for as employees,” he said.
Kevin plans on returning to school to earn his master’s degree after a few years in the field. He came to Southeast on the Regents’ Scholarship and works on campus at Central Receiving. Kevin is in his second consecutive term as vice president of finance for Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, and he said he will never forget Bid Day.
“It’s a rush of exciting feelings when you find out the fraternity you will be joining, putting on your rush T-shirt and hearing your fraternity’s chant yelled for the first time,” he said.
Kevin said there is nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his fraternity brothers. Together they play Call of Duty, watch movies, eat lunch at the University Center on campus and hang out downtown on Friday and Saturday nights.
Kevin said he will also always remember Homecoming.
“The chance to watch the float that you worked on for so many hours pass by and to see alumni you know as well as meet new alumni makes every Homecoming awesome,” he said.
In his spare time Kevin enjoys running, weightlifting and playing soccer. He said he has grown not only physically since his freshman year but also intellectually and professionally.
“I don’t feel my time at Southeast has contributed to my success. Rather, I know it has. At Southeast, I have pushed myself in other groups and taken up leadership positions as they have come available. There have been times when I felt overwhelmed by all my activities, but I still came out with very successful outcomes. After going through these circumstances, I have a great sense of accomplishment and also have no doubt that I can do or become anything I desire,” he said.
He said he has no regrets from his time at Southeast and suggests future University students should make the most of their college experience, both academically and socially.
“First, come to Southeast with the desire to achieve a high GPA, work hard at it and do not let up. Also, think very hard about joining multiple groups, clubs and going Greek. Not only do they provide excellent leadership opportunities and résumé builders, but they also provide friendships and brothers and sisters that will stay with you past your four years of college. Finally, I strongly suggest that future students attempt to find and complete their internship within their fields as sophomores. If you can complete your internship earlier, you will help yourself realize if your major is right for you before entering your junior or senior year,” he said.