For a young woman just out of college, Meghan Cokely has an impressive background. As a graduate student pursuing a master of science in criminology and criminal justice at Merrimack, Meghan is now in the midst of an internship with the Enforcement and Removal Operations Team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
She also completed an internship with the Diversion Unit of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as an undergraduate at Simmons College. While interning with the DEA, she collected, organized, and analyzed spreadsheets of prescription data; performed web research; and provided investigative assistance to Diversion Investigators.
The rigorous classes in her master’s program, combined with her impressive internship, have helped her to gain a better understanding of the criminal justice system, while simultaneously learning how to apply these learned concepts in the real world. She has chosen the Intelligence and Technology concentration.
Meghan was drawn to Merrimack’s program because of its prestige as an institution and its distinguished faculty.
“Not only would I receive a top quality education, but I would also be guided by a group of faculty members that were experts in the field and would help me reach my goals,” says Meghan.
Although the outstanding faculty is a highlight of the program for her, she also credits much of her success thus far to the supportive environment of her fellow classmates.
“Everyone in class looks out for one another, whether it is for career opportunities or questions about an assignment.
“In the future, I plan to pursue a career with a federal law enforcement agency specializing in high profile cases,” she says.