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UT Student Selected for Coveted FBI Internship

Published: May 10, 2005
For the second consecutive year, a University of Tampa student has been selected as a finalist for the FBI’s prestigious Honors Internship Program.

Preston Coleman, a junior at UT, is the third UT student chosen for the distinction, and spent this summer in the nation’s capital as an FBI intern. Last year, Kelly Maher, a senior who graduated in May with a degree in finance, completed the same program, said Dr. Richard Piper, director of UT’s Honors Program.

Each summer, a highly competitive group of students is chosen to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the program. The selection process is rigorous, consisting of several interviews, background checks and a polygraph examination. Nationally, only 50 students are selected.

The Honors Internship offers these students a unique insider’s view of FBI operations, as well as career exploration within the ranks of the FBI itself. At the same time, the program enhances the FBI’s visibility and recruitment efforts at colleges and universities nationwide.

Coleman, who is from Lake City, FL, is a double major in management information systems and criminology. He is in the Honors Program and is a member of the Honors Council’s Executive Board.

Note: An earlier version of this story omitted Kelly Maher.

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