Allyson Arns, Southeast Missouri State University criminal justice alumna, is interning
with the Madison County Probation and Court Services Department in her hometown of
She takes photos of and collects DNA from new offenders, sits in on office visits with those on probation, accompanies officers on home visits and works at the juvenile detention center.
“My goal is to be a probation or parole officer, so working at a probation office is showing me what the job truly entails,” she said.
Allyson said her studies at Southeast prepared her for a successful career in corrections.
“The University has a great criminal justice program with great teachers and staff. I always learned something new in each class session,” she said.
She also learned a lot while serving as the education vice president of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. In that role, Allyson gave educational programs on topics such as alcohol policies, safety and academic expectations, and planned sisterhood activities and goal-setting retreats. She also regularly participated in various volunteer activities for Special Olympics, Girl Scouts of the United States of America and other organizations.
“The best part is that when I participated in those volunteer activities, I was with all of my best friends,” she said.
While in Cape Girardeau, Allyson loved to eat and visit with her sorority sisters at El Torero. She also enjoyed attending sporting events with them, especially football and baseball games. When she has extra time, she said she loves to visit anywhere there is a beach.
Allyson advises future Southeast students to get involved with campus activities.
“Join an organization. It is a great way to have fun and be productive for the school and community,” she encourages.