Southeast Chosen to Participate in U.S. Marshals Service Work Study Program



Sept. 12, 2003 – Southeast Missouri State University was recently selected to participate in the prestigious U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Centralized Student Career Experience Program (CSCEP).

The CSCEP is a 16-week cooperative work study program in which students who are interested in becoming Deputy U.S. Marshals and are majoring in criminal justice, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology, or social science with a concentration in one of the areas listed can receive on the job training and work experience with the USMS. If chosen, first by the University and then by the USMS, students will have the opportunity to earn a salary with benefits.  Participation in this program may lead to eligibility for full-time employment with the USMS.

“I anticipate the students we send will do a good job and future students will live off that legacy.  We expect this program to pay off as a dividend for students in the areas of marketing and job placement,” said Dr. John Wade, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology will select one student each semester to be considered for entrance into the CSCEP.  The first student sent by Southeast will begin the program next January.  More than 20 students already have expressed interest in the program, and the department expects the selection process to be very competitive, Wade said.

In order to meet requirements for the program, students referred by the university must be at least 20 years old, have U.S. citizenship, maintain a 3.0 grade point average (G.P.A.) within their major field and an overall G.P.A. of 2.75, and be near completion of degree requirements.  Once chosen by the school, the student must then pass a structured interview, full-field background investigation, medical and psychological examinations and fitness test.

The 16-week program with the USMS qualifies as an internship, and the student may receive up to 12-credit hours from the University.  The CSCEP can be completed in any of the 94 USMS district offices throughout the country, including the USMS district office in Cape Girardeau.  Should a participant choose to remain in this area to complete the program, he or she would be able to finish any remaining degree courses via Southeast Online or Southeast P.M.

Upon successful completion of CSCEP and all degree requirements, students may be offered a Deputy U.S. Marshal position.  According to Wade, this non-competitive process provides a direct line of employment, compared with the less direct, traditional route of working in public service for three or four years before moving into a position with the USMS.

The duties performed by Deputy U.S. Marshals cover a wide range.  Deputies are responsible for the majority of fugitive arrest warrants, Wade said.  They protect judges and juries, as well as providing security for prisoners during trials, he said.  Witnesses who are in jeopardy are protected, relocated, and given new identities.  The USMS is the largest transporter of prisoners in the world.  Deputy Marshals also seize and manage property forfeited during major drug and criminal cases.

Wade said he believes the University’s involvement with the CSCEP is a great recognition for the University and the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology.

Southeast will send Wade as a representative to an informational seminar Sept. 23-24 in Sacramento, Calif., at the USMS district office. This seminar will provide the university with detailed information on the USMS, CSCEP and the Deputy U.S. Marshals pre-employment process.

For more information on Southeast’s involvement with the CSCEP, contact the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at (573) 651-2541.