Southeast Missouri State University student Ashley Sommer of St. Charles, Mo., is interning with the City of St. Charles Police Department.
She works in the detective bureau and rides with detectives while investigations are being conducted, works in evidence while items are being taken in and rides with officers while they patrol.
“This gives me a direct look at exactly what police officers do and has given me an inside look into a career path I’m really interested in. Future employers will see that I already have experience and that I can properly follow a chain of command,” she said.
Ashley said she feels her time at the University has helped prepare her for a career in law enforcement by giving her the knowledge she needs to succeed.
“In the classroom, I read about laws and why people commit crimes, and now I’m seeing how it all ties in to the ‘real world,’” she said.
On campus, Ashley is involved with Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority. Through the organization, she volunteers on campus and in the community.
“This has allowed me to meet lots of new people and have some awesome experiences,” she said.
She is also involved in Towers West Hall Council, Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. Ashley said she loves to participate in campus organizations and also loves to attend campus events, many of which are free for students.
“It’s a great way to see and do some things you normally wouldn’t get to do,” she
During a nice day or evening, Ashley walks by the river, explores shops and dines at restaurants downtown. When she has extra time, she said she likes to travel, especially to California, where she first visited during her senior year of high school. She also plans to travel to Italy someday.
Ashley encourages future Southeast students to intern while in college.
“It will help you narrow down your career path, and you can learn things in the field that simply cannot be taught in the classroom. In addition, get involved on campus. Find something you’re interested in and passionate about, and more than likely there’s some kind of organization for it,” she said.