July 18, 2012
By Stacey Luke
FRESNO, Calif. --- Criminology major and senior swimmer Jen Hicks has established herself as a top dog in the pool and in the classroom after landing a valuable internship with the United States Attorney's Office located in downtown Fresno.
Hicks has been a prized member of the swimming and diving team over the past three seasons.
As a part of the first recruited class since the team's return in 2008, Hicks set the bar high for herself and her teammates by working hard and keeping a positive attitude. In her second season, Hicks was voted Most Improved by her teammates and earned a 10th place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle event at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championship.
"Jen has been such a great leader in and out of the pool since her freshman year," said head swimming coach Jeanne Fleck. "This internship is just another example of her being determined to get the most out of her time at Fresno State."
A former police officer, Greg Hicks, inspired his daughter to choose criminology after she first explored a teaching career.
"I'm not sure yet what route I want to go, but I want to be a part of protecting the community," Jen Hicks noted.
After consulting her criminology advisor, Hicks called the U.S. Attorney's Office regarding an internship position and immediately was asked for an interview. Within 24 hours of the interview, Hicks received notice that they wanted her for the job. After filling out 20 pages of applications, the final step before starting work was an extensive background check.
"The background checks are a very slow process," said Hicks. "They usually take about three or four months. They want to know everything about you in the past seven years."
Hicks has begun to look beyond life as a student-athlete as she launches her career in the criminal justice system.
"The fact that I'm going to have the opportunity to work with the U.S Attorney's office as an intern is an amazing opportunity to get, especially with the career route I'm thinking about taking," said Hicks.
She is excited to learn as much as possible during the six months that runs until late 2012. She will be working as an office aid to one of the main supervisors.
"My goal is to meet new people and get advice on what their experiences are," said Hicks. "I want to figure out what I'm good at. I'm trying to keep as many doors open as possible. I don't know yet if I want to go down the federal agency route or go to law school. I want to keep my options open and I think this internship will help lead me in the right direction."
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