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Summer Internships: Morgan Czajkowski

Ferris State University students gain valuable work experience through internships. Internships also can confirm or redirect career decision-making, provide marketability, develop people skills and enhance classroom learning. Many academic programs require one, but the experience is encouraged regardless to provide students with a better understanding of what will be expected of them in the workplace.

Many students are participating in internships this summer. Meet:

Ferris State UniversityMorgan Czajkowski

She is: a native of Colon who is entering her senior year pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the College of Education and Human Services.

Her Internship: is with the Branch County Sheriff’s Department, where she learned in a variety of roles. “I participated in an active shooter’s training with several of Branch County’s deputies and investigated several crime scenes, and also worked with road patrol, the jail, the court, and marine patrol. There was a recovery effort when a kayaker drowned that involved multiple agencies, and Friday, June 26, 2019, I was sworn in by the Branch County Sheriff as a full-time correctional deputy.”

Was Ferris Involved in Securing Your Internship? “I would say, indirectly. Mike Vasicek, the professor of my CRIM 220: Supervision and Management in Criminal Justice class, required us to interview a law enforcement administrator. For the assignment, I decided to interview the Sheriff of the Branch County Sheriff’s Department. During the interview, the Sheriff had asked me if I needed a job, and I said ‘I need to complete an internship first.’ Following through on the assignment was the beginning to my future employment with the department.”

Morgan’s Advice for Students Considering Internships: “Consider all options that help you reach your goals. I had my mind so focused and set on becoming a police officer and working my way through the ranks to become a detective, I never once considered becoming a correctional deputy, until the first day I worked in the jail for my internship. The Deputies who spoke about working in the jail made it seem undesirable. However, after my first day working in the jail, I did not think it was as bad as others were making it seem and I actually enjoyed it. Viewing it in a positive light, the easiest and quickest way to become a road deputy was to become a correctional deputy and work at least two years in the jail. Then, when an opportunity came available to apply for a road deputy position, I could do so, and the county would cover my costs for academy training.”

Other Campus Activities: “I am a member of the American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon Chapter Beta Kappa Rho, a professional co-ed fraternity, at Ferris. I recruited for the fraternity during the Fall 2018 semester. Once my fraternity initiation was completed, I became a recruit parent who was in charge of the recruit process and overseeing potential members. For the upcoming semester, I intend to serve as the head of Student Government for the fraternity.”