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Criminology career fair set for April 6

March 16, 2016

Attending last year's criminology career fair changed Ella Meyer's life. Literally.

"I got my internship because of the career fair last year. A representative relayed information to the agency that I was a good candidate, and that is how I got the internship I really wanted," said Meyer, a graduate research assistant for the department of criminology and criminal justice.

"My internship was my step in the door. I have gotten called back by almost all the jobs I have applied to, and I definitely think it is because of the internship," she said.

Meyer of Valparaiso is a graduate student working towards her Master's of Science degree in criminology and criminal justice, with plans to graduate this spring. She received her bachelor's in criminology and criminal justice at Indiana State University.

Some of Meyer's responsibilities as a graduate research assistant for the criminology and criminal justice department are to help plan and facilitate events such as this year's criminology career fair, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 6 in Hulman Memorial Student Union Dede II and Dede III.

Like Meyer's experience, this year's event is an opportunity for students to meet representatives from more than 50 law enforcement agencies such as the DEA, FBI, Terre Haute Police Department, Vigo County Sheriff's Department, Indianapolis Airport Police Department, U.S. Marshal Service and Secret Service.

As the president of Alpha Phi Sigma, a graduate honors society in criminal justice, knew she wanted to go into the federal probation field and made sure last year at the career fair to meet the representative that was there. By doing this, Meyer was able to make connections and receive an internship in Hammond for six weeks.

The criminology and criminal justice career fair is open to all students of all majors.

"So someone who does not want to be the police officer or correctional officer can find a different job within the criminal justice field," said Travis Behem, instructor in the criminology and criminal justice department. "Maybe they want to be a counselor or work in human resources; there are opportunities for students who are studying nursing, accounting, computer/technology, psychology, finance, counseling, science and so on."

The agencies at the criminology career fair are looking for students to join their agency in some way, whether it's an internship or a career.

"If you're meeting them face-to-face, shaking their hand, giving them your resume, dressing to impress, showing them you want their job and able to make them remember your name then you have one step above somebody who did not go to the career fair," Meyer said. "Last year at the career fair, I got four different emails and phone numbers from people and told me to call them and they'd remember me."

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Media contact: Travis Behem, academic adviser and instructor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Travis.Behem@indstate.edu or 812-237-2196

Writer: Libby Legett, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, elegett@sycamores.indstate.edu or 812-237-3773