Drury Spotlight: Zach Thomas
Graduation Year: May 2018
Majors: Criminology and Political Science
Hometown: Nevada, IA
Extracurriculars: Sigma Pi - First Counselor, Interfraternity Executive Council – Vice President, Student Government Association – Vice President of Student Affairs, Student Union Board - President, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
In the summer of 2016, Drury University junior Zach Thomas had the opportunity to work as an intern through the Federal Bureau of Investigation Honors Internship Program. Observing and working with individuals in the defensive systems unit at the Quantico, VA location allowed Thomas to gain valuable experience and knowledge about this field of study.
Working at the FBI has been a dream of Thomas’ for years. Getting the opportunity to intern through a prestigious program has prepared him for a potential career after graduation.
“I was very excited because obviously it’s pretty difficult to get into… just having that opportunity was really good, especially since a lot of interns get converted to full-time positions if they want to after they graduate,” Thomas said.
Despite a lengthy and in-depth application process, Thomas knew an opportunity like this would be beneficial to setting him up for success later in life.
“There’s a fairly extensive application you fill out online… from there you apply again to the job site you want to go to,” Thomas said. “Then they do a phone interview with you…and finally you submit a background check form and take a polygraph test.”
What impressed Thomas the most about the FBI was “how much the Bureau does themselves and how much expertise they have.” He was able to witness how gunsmiths can adapt and change processes if something needs adjusting and how much training they possess.
Looking back on his time as an FBI intern, Thomas realized just how much knowledge he has gained through his studies at Drury.
“I’ve gained a lot of professional skills; being able to communicate and organize…I mean those are skills that a lot of people have but can always be developed further.”
Story and video by Michaela Remijio