Senior Pfeiffer students gets real-life experience as intern with Misenheimer Police Department
Senior criminal justice major Shaffaq Usman will graduate in December, and when she does she will be well prepared for post-grad life. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum in the classroom, Shaffaq has the opportunity for experiential learning through an internship with the Misenheimer Police Department.
At the time of her internship, Shaffaq did not have a car on campus, and the Misenheimer Police Department’s convenient location on Pfeiffer’s main campus was a deciding factor in her decision.
As an MPD intern, Shaffaq works closely with Officers Tony Beaver, Nathan Brown and Luke Hatley several times a week and must complete 100 hours of observation time in order to successfully complete her internship. She rides along with the officers on their daily rounds, and has taken trips to the Stanly County Courthouse and Stanly County Communications, the communications center responsible for handling calls for service from every Public Safety Agency in Stanly County.
“Each officer has been so helpful throughout this entire experience,” says Shaffaq. “I especially appreciate the criminal scenarios that Officer Beaver has challenged me with throughout my time at MPD. I feel more prepared for life as a Pfeiffer graduate because of my internship experiences.”