Soko Cheng '19 has been awarded a competitive Gilman International Scholarship, which she will use this sprin...
Major in Psychology, minor in Peace and Social Justice
Could you describe your internship?
I interned at the Augusta Police Department in Augusta, Maine. During my internship, I had the chance to see and experience the work of law enforcement officials. I was able to join the patrol officers around Augusta and respond to citizens' calls and concerns around the city. I went to other departments of the police department as well, like Records, Detectives and more. As part of the internship, I also got to see the Maine State Crime Lab and Medical Examiner's office. I enjoyed every part of that experience. I learned a lot about the work that law enforcement officials do and the dynamic between them and the citizens that they serve.
What Knox resource most helped you succeed in your internship?
Everything I've learned at Knox has been valuable throughout all my experiences. As a psychology major, I was able to think about things I have learned in class while observing the interaction between police officers and citizens.
What is one resource you recommend to other students or prospective students who want to have meaningful professional experiences like yours?
I could not have experienced this amazing opportunity without the help of the Mellon Fellowship. Individuals at Knox who work in the Mellon Fellowship committee are amazing, and their support means so much to me. The [Bastian Family] Career Center was a great resource, too. Before even applying to this internship, I was able to discuss my options and my approach to looking for internships with the Career Center. I think that they helped me a lot to put the best of myself out there and find an opportunity that will help me grow.
How do you see this internship affecting your future?
This internship has already greatly influenced my future, including my decision to work as a psychologist in the law enforcement field. I was able to start building my professional network and I know now that whenever I need some advice related to this field, I have a group of Augusta PD employees who are willing to help me. However, I think that this is just the beginning and while I greatly appreciate the experience that Augusta PD gave to me, there is so much more that I want to explore beyond that.
A Resident Assistant, Saraqini also serves as a general member in the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, president of the Knox Alumni Ambassadors, and a KnoxCorps volunteer for CASA of West Central Illinois.