#PrepareAtPeace: WPU Baseball Player Goes in the Field with SBI Internship
UPDATE: Hunter received a job offer from the NC SBI a few months after graduating. He is currently working there as a Special Agent Associate.
Hunter Allen is a senior on the William Peace University Baseball Team and is majoring in Pre-Law with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Psychology. The summer leading into his senior year at WPU, Hunter was on the hunt for an internship to better prepare for his future. Dr. Beth Kusko, a professor at WPU coordinating the Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Pre Law Programs, met with Hunter and informed him of the possibility of working with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Little did he know, this would be an opportunity far greater than he’d expected.
“I think that this internship’s allowed me to see every single aspect of the State Bureau of Investigation. It’s also allowed me to kind of get a feel for how the inner workings actually are, and it’s allowed me to see if this is the path that I want to pursue.”
Allen submitted an application to the SBI and was called at the beginning of the summer for an intense phone interview. He was later brought on to the NC SBI team and began training and participating in the day to day workings of the State Bureau of Investigation in June.
Hunter’s day begins in the SBI headquarters office located in Wake County, off Garner Road. The SBI is responsible for assisting local law enforcement with criminal investigations, meaning they are not first-responders. When a smaller precinct needs supplementary enforcement, the SBI is there. Allen has been active and on the scene for homicides, drug busts, arsons, search warrants, shootings, and much more. According to Hunter, you never know what you will embark on when going into a field operation.
“I think that this internship’s allowed me to see every single aspect of the State Bureau of Investigation. It’s also allowed me to kind of get a feel for how the inner workings actually are, and it’s allowed me to see if this is the path that I want to pursue,” Allen said.
While taking on these action-filled days, Allen is also a full time student-athlete taking 18 credit hours while also juggling baseball practices. He interns Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until operations are handled for that day, meaning he could be there working after 10:30 on some nights. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Allen is taking classes throughout the day. When it comes to his extracurricular activities, he’s given flexibility. Should he have baseball practice or workouts, he is allowed to leave headquarters; although, for this Pre-Law student, choosing between a drug bust and baseball practice may be a bit of a toss-up.
“I think this internship has prepared me extremely well for my future career because, hopefully it is my future career.”Coming to WPU, Hunter did not know that William Peace University offered so many opportunities in regards to career connections and classes giving him the experience in the field he wanted to pursue.
“I think this internship has prepared me extremely well for my future career because, hopefully it is my future career,” he said. “I’ve gotten to be hands-on with everybody from agents, to the departments that we work with, to hiring managers, to even the director.”
Once Allen finishes his internship, he plans to graduate in the spring of 2017. He says this internship opportunity has helped clarify what he wishes to do with his career – work in law enforcement.
“I’ve viewed this as a job try out. I get to try them out and they get to try me out, and I love every second of it.”
Hunter is a second basemen for the Pacers and was named to the 2013-14 and 2014-15 USA South Academic All-Conference Teams.
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