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Area College Students Complete U.S. Marshals Student Internship Program

For immediate release

Michael McQuillan, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Western District of Tennessee
Jackson, TN
(901) 456-8053

Jackson, TN – The reinstatement of the Student Volunteer Internship Program (SVIP) by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in the Jackson and Memphis Offices this year has resulted in the completion of the program by students from Freed-Hardeman University and Lane College.

During the spring semester, Colin Newsom helped with the paperless transition of the Jackson office, which involved many hours of converting and scanning administrative files into the new U.S. Marshals Service database Capture. "The U.S. Marshals Service's internship was an excellent experience for me," stated Newsom. "I was provided multiple unique opportunities and experiences and was able to learn the court system and the role of the Marshals Service within it. I would recommend this internship to any student with an interest in law enforcement." Newsom graduated with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Criminal Justice from Freed-Hardeman in May.

Over the fall semester, Tarhanysia Thomas became the first student from Lane to intern with the U.S. Marshals Service in West Tennessee. Thomas continued the work of converting Jackson to a paperless office. "I'm so appreciative of this opportunity and because of it, I have developed myself personally and professionally," stated Thomas. "I didn't know I was going to meet people who could help change the trajectory of my life." Thomas, who is very active in the Lane student body, will graduate in April 2023 with a degree in Criminal Justice.

"We are proud to offer this type of hands-on opportunity for young difference-makers in our community," said U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller. "Colin and Tarhanysia showed commitment and drive as they met the demands of their college schedules while interning with us. It is an honor to introduce them to the federal justice system. I look forward to seeing the impact they will have in the future."

Student Volunteer Internship Program is an unpaid internship and work assignment that prepares students for future aspirations in law enforcement and the justice system. To apply for the Student Volunteer Internship Program, candidates

  • Must be in good standing with their Academic Institution and enrolled in at least part-time studies
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 24 hours (3 days) per week at the U.S. Marshals Service Office.
  • Internships usually last one semester but can be extended an additional semester. These are short term positions and cannot exceed a 6-month period.

For more information about the Student Volunteer Internship Program (SVIP), please contact the Internship coordinator at (901) 456-8053 or

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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