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Otterbein sociology major will tackle crime with the U.S. Marshal Service

Otterbein sociology major will tackle crime with the U.S. Marshal Service

By Alli Bates ’16

Sociology major Jess Moore’s upcoming internship is not for the faint of heart. Moore is the first woman at Otterbein to receive an internship with the U.S Marshals.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. U.S. Marshals and their deputies have served for more than 200 years as the instruments of civil authority by all three branches of the U.S. government.

Moore’s internship will take place at the courthouse in Columbus where she will get to experience a little bit of everything.

“I will go in the field with the agents and see them in action as well as writing up warrants and reports in the office. I will have to categorize files and evidence and help with the processing of prisoners. In my spare time they'll let me go to court to sit and listen,” Moore said.

She will also get to help with the case against members of the Short North Posse, who will be going through the courts in April. The Short North Posse is a criminal gang involved in murders, attempted murders, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion, robbery, arson and other crimes.

Moore was able to get this internship with the help of Associate Professor Heidi Ballard, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. “I worked hard and have good grades and Heidi knew that so she vouched for me to get this opportunity. I learned about this internship when I was a first year and have wanted it ever since, so I worked hard and talked with my professors so they could help me get it,” said Moore.

Moore has had two previous internships. Her first internship was with the Children's Hunger Alliance, a government program that gives free meals to kids in summer programs. Her job was to collect data about who was receiving the free meals and who wasn't.

Her second internship was at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where she was an intern with DEAMS—the Defensive Enterprise Accounting and Management System.

“I was also a part of the Junior Force Council, where I helped put together a symposium and had to make sure we had food, speakers, a location, a confirmed date and time, and volunteers to work the event. The day of I also handled the social media aspect of it and fielded questions from Twitter,” Moore said.

Moore credits her previous internship experiences with helping her earn her new internship. “Without these internships I would not be as knowledgeable about the government as I am and that is a huge boost in my favor with the Marshals,” said Moore.


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