Rising HPU Senior Fights Crime During Summer Internship

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 22, 2009 – Emma Cernansky, a rising senior at High Point University, is spending her summer fighting crime thanks to an internship with the State Bureau of Investigation in Greensboro.
Cernansky, a criminal justice major, began her internship on May 18 and says she has already learned a great deal.
“Every day, I am paired up with a different agent and we travel to neighboring counties to assist local police and sheriffs’ departments,” Cernansky says. “We also work with several federal task forces (FBI, DEA and ATF). So far, I have sat in on interviews, processed crime scene vehicles, dealt with evidence from a police shooting and sat in on a polygraph test. I have also helped out with drug surveillance.”
Dr. Robert Little, professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Department at HPU, notes that the internship is very prestigious.
“The Criminal Justice Department of High Point University is very proud of Emma for winning this prestigious competitive SBI internship,” Little says. “It will allow her to receive invaluable real-world experience within the state’s premier investigative agency and it will afford her the opportunity to make connections within the justice system, which will enhance her future occupational endeavors.”
Dr. Heather Ahn-Redding, assistant professor of criminal justice at HPU, adds the importance of securing an internship prior to making any career decisions.
“Many students who are interested in law enforcement, for example, benefit from hands-on experiences where they get a firsthand glimpse of what they might be doing in the future,” Ahn-Redding says. “I suppose the same is true of any profession, but there are so many misconceptions regarding law enforcement – mainly coming from TV shows – that students may have unrealistic expectations about what life on the job is like on a daily basis. Completing a law enforcement internship is incredibly valuable in that many of these misconceptions are potentially cleared up.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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