Developing tomorrow’s leaders in criminal justice, law enforcement
By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department
Interested in getting coffee? Making photocopies?
You won’t find that at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) Special Investigations Department (SID). SID interns are real employees who do real work as part of our college relations program, now in its 23rd year.
“We’re treated like coworkers,” says Ohio State University student Gabby Master, an intern in SID’s intelligence unit. “We do all the projects everyone else does.”
On top of all that, she adds, “It’s really fun!”
Established in 1995, SID’s college relations program promotes the study and practice of criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement and public administration. Since its inception, SID has recruited, selected, oriented and trained more than 300 paid college interns.
Many have humbled us with favorable feedback over the years, but we know the credit and accolades go to them. Their careers are testament to their professionalism. Many have gone on to become officers, criminal investigators, special agents, fraud analysts, digital forensic analysts, assistant special agents in charge, special agents in charge and assistant director.
We’re pleased that for more than 20 years our college relations program has attracted students from a variety of backgrounds, schools and experiences.
Today we have seven talented interns working with our special investigations units (SIUs) statewide. Four college interns (pictured above) are based in our Columbus headquarters: Gabby Master, Kelsey Wilson, Loryn Competti and Brianna Belmonte. Our other SID interns (not pictured) are Allison Castle (Lima), Stephen Kersey (Toledo) and Connor Yuellig (Governor’s Hill).
These interns are here for the same reasons that our past interns have worked with SID. They want a challenge, and that’s what they get.
“Our interns have helped us tremendously over the years,” says SID Director Jim Wernecke. “Their work has helped us convict hundreds of fraudsters and saved the BWC system tens of millions of dollars.”
Are you enrolled at a college or university and interested in joining our team as an intern? If so, I invite you to contact me at Jeffrey.B.firstname.lastname@example.org.