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IU Northwest business student excels at Drug Enforcement Agency internship

Casian Olar selected as the ‘2010 Star Intern’ by the IU Northwest Office of Career Services


Casian Olar, IU Northwest student and intern at the Drug Enforcement Agency, works with his mentor, Resident Agent in Charge, Mark Giuffre.

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Casian Olar, IU Northwest student and intern at the Drug Enforcement Agency, works with his mentor Resident Agent in Charge, Mark Giuffre.

Casian Olar is focused on the future as a fifth-year senior at Indiana University Northwest.

Olar, who is studying Financial Information Systems at the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics, understands the importance of real-world experience and networking in helping him to achieve his future professional aspirations.

His current internship with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), located in Merrillville, Ind., is providing him with an opportunity to apply and sharpen the skills he has learned in the classroom.

“I first heard about an internship at the local DEA office through IU Northwest’s Office of Career Services,” Olar said. “I worked with internship coordinator Ms. Emory-Gamble to learn more about the position and decided to apply.”

Olar has been working at the DEA office since March 2009. What started as an internship focused primarily on answering phone calls and helping out with mail distribution has grown into a position that Olar feels is providing him with a greater understanding of the law enforcement world.

“Currently, my primary role is data management, data mining and data insertion,” Olar explained.  “The information I have access to is extremely sensitive. It truly is the data and information that is spread between agencies that gets cases won.”

Not only did Olar’s DEA colleagues see his positive attitude and willingness to learn, so did the Office of Career Services.

“The IU Northwest Office of Career Services noted his excellent work, which is why we have declared him as the ‘2010 Star Intern,’” Emory-Gamble said. “He developed a passion for his role and the law enforcement industry.”

Olar says he learned his inspiration and winning attitude from his mentor, resident agent in charge (RAC), Mark Giuffre.

“I can understand how it’s difficult to know how much responsibility you can give to an intern,” Olar said. “But thankfully, due to some projects I did very well, RAC Giuffre gave me more responsibility, which is why I am now able to do some of the projects that are beyond my experience level.”

Emory-Gamble stresses the importance of having an open mind when searching for internships.

“I recommend that students not only look for internships in their targeted area, but also look at opportunities in areas and subject matters that interest them,” Emory-Gamble said. “By doing so, your experiences and resume will be more specific by the time you graduate, which will allow you to be more marketable.”

Olar agrees, saying his original plan was to be a financial analyst or accountant.

“I actually never planned on going into law enforcement, but after taking this internship, it has steered me primarily in that direction because I see the great need,” he said. “This job is so satisfying because it affects so many people.”

Olar is on track to graduate in December 2010 and has applied for several full-time positions at the Merrillville-based DEA office.

Career planning

The Office of Career Services assists students and alumni in planning for successful careers and securing meaningful employment and entrance into graduate study that best uses academic backgrounds, skills and interests.

The Office has a full schedule of free workshops scheduled throughout the Fall 2010 semester aimed at assisting students and alumni:

  • Resume & Cover Letters – Learn the basics of creating a winning cover letter and resume.
    • Monday, Sept. 27 (Noon until 1 p.m.) - Library Conference Center, Room 110
    • Thursday, Sept. 30 (6 p.m. until 7 p.m.) - Library Conference Center, Room 110
  • Dress For Success & 6 P’s of Interviewing – Learn what not to wear and say in a job interview.
    • Tuesday, Oct. 12 (Noon until 1 p.m.) - Library Conference Center, Room 110
    • Wednesday, Oct. 13 (6 p.m. until 7 p.m.) - Library Conference Center, Room 110
  • Internship & Volunteering – Learn how to get experience without a job and how to get a job without experience.
    • Monday, Oct. 25 (Noon until 1 p.m.) - Library Conference Center, Room 110
    • Thursday, Oct. 28 (6 p.m. until 7 p.m.) – Raintree Hall, Room 109
  • Career Discovery & Assessments – Have you ever wondered what career best suits your personality?
    • Tuesday, Nov. 30 (6 p.m. until 7 p.m.) - Library Conference Center, Room 110
    • Wednesday, Dec. 1 (Noon until 1 p.m.) - Library Conference Center, Room 110

The Office of Career Services is located in the Moraine Student Center. To learn more, go to http://www.iun.edu/career-services/.

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