Megan’s AFP journey began when she became interested in archaeology and forensic anthropology while at university. It was during an AFP presentation at a lecture that Megan decided to apply for the AFP Graduate Program to help follow her passion in her chosen fields of study. It would take three attempts for Megan to gain entry into the graduate program and she hasn’t looked back since!

What is your qualification?

Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology)/Bachelor of Science (Biology)

What areas of the AFP did you work in during your graduate year?

My first rotation was in Forensics where it gave me the opportunity to draw on my biology background in the lab. I gained hands-on experience with extracting DNA, quantifying and amplifying it, and then creating a DNA profile of a person of interest.

When I was not in the lab, I was assisting with case work by reviewing paperwork for the case officers, learning how to analyse a profile, and attending numerous training sessions. I also got the opportunity to work in the Exhibit Registry learning the ins and outs of how Forensics works as a whole. In my last rotation in the INTERPOL operations and policy teams I used my forensics background and contacts to streamline some of the processes between INTERPOL and Forensic teams such as Fingerprints and Biology.

What was the highlight of your graduate year?

My favourite thing about the graduate program is that it increased the number of people I created working relationships with. I am the type of person who enjoys a challenge and the AFP has certainly succeeded with that. I have loved my time as a graduate and would do it again if I had a chance and would encourage anyone who is thinking about their career options to apply for the AFP Graduate Program. Your everyday work helps deliver policing services for a safer Australia.

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