U.S. Marshals Service
Spring 2010 Site Review
Position: Student Intern
Student: Government Senior
Generally I spent 12-20 hours a week at the office depending on what else I had going on during a given week; my supervisor was flexible about my hours and days. Usually I would spend between three to five hours at the office. When I arrived each day I checked the daily court schedule to see what kind of proceedings were taking place in the U.S. District and Magistrate Courtrooms. I attended various court proceedings including: initial appearances, arraignment and pleas, detention hearings, jury selection, parole revocation hearings, suppression hearings, and sentencing.
When I wasn’t attending court proceedings I helped with administrative work for the deputy Marshals. I entered and processed warrants on active and closed investigations. I also entered detainers so that inmates would be returned to federal custody after serving time at the state and local level. I was also responsible for other office work including filing and shredding. I helped process prisoners into the U.S. Marshal system, so that they could be located when arrested in the future. Processing includes entering the prisoners’ personal information, fingerprints, photos, and in some circumstances, DNA. One day I even had to accompany a deputy Marshal and prisoner to the emergency room after the prisoner had a seizure in the holding cell. The internship provided insight into the investigations and day to day activities of the USMS. I also met agents from the FBI, DEA, and ICE, which helped me understand how those organizations function as well.
Overall, it was an interesting experience that helped me think critically about some of my coursework at the University of Texas and some of the issues facing the United States legal and criminal justice systems.