As I mentioned in my blog post about the summer semester, I chose to participate in the ENHANCE program. I worked with Bob and Carlie (two of my teammates mentioned previously) on a project with the FBI in the San Antonio Field Office. The ENHANCE project was well worth the time and effort we put into it. Our project was working on the recruiting strategy for Special Agents in the San Antonio field office area (San Antonio, Austin, Brownsville, Del Rio, Laredo, McAllen, and Waco). We got the opportunity to work closely with a Special Agent responsible for recruiting as well as some of his support staff (so non-Special Agent employees). We were lucky enough to get to visit the FBI offices in both Austin and San Antonio, requiring special precautions in terms of security of the belongings we could and couldn’t bring on site.
Aside from getting an insider’s view into the FBI and its recruiting processes, what did this experience afford me? Well, for one, it exposed me to an area that I haven’t previously had work experience in – a government agency (a great resume builder!). Additionally, it gave me a real life, practical place to apply my skills and knowledge acquired so far through the TEMBA program. ENHANCE also enables you to further develop your ability to work in a team – as a smaller group, the three of us had to wear many hats throughout the summer in order to effectively meet the goals of the project. And, it was a project that we were able to shape through the course of our research and in-person interviews – we took a strategic, high level approach and were able to deliver something that we were proud of (and the FBI was impressed with!). Finally, I had the opportunity to further practice my presentation skills as we had a midpoint and final presentation to “sell” our ideas to the FBI (including the very senior levels of the San Antonio Field Office). Having the opportunity to complete a mini consulting “internship” as a part of the TEMBA program is a benefit I wasn’t positive I’d take advantage of, but am glad that I put the extra time into it – the ENHANCE experience was well worth it!