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"During my senior year as an undergraduate student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice I interned for the Arizona Department of Corrections at the Florence Complex. For the first month internship I was assigned to various security staff to learn the security processes of the facility and understand the day to day functions. This included conducting perimeter checks, institutional inmate counts, responding to incidences, interviewing incarcerated men, inventorying property, and many other tasks. For the rest of my internship I co-facilitated and organized a variety of programs, allowing me to work hands on with inmates and officers to learn about the complexities of the environment and the importance of programs. I was provided endless opportunities to grow as a student, individual, and future leader. Following the completion of my bachelor’s degree I continued as a volunteer and continue to facilitate the Impact of Crime on Victims Class (ICVC). As a result of this internship I have directed my graduate studies toward corrections and currently work on a research project at three state prisons. This internship created an opportunity and allowed me to discover a passion for something I otherwise may not have found."
"This internship created an opportunity and allowed me to find a passion for something I otherwise may not have found."
"As an undergraduate student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, I had the opportunity to intern with the Arizona Department of Corrections at the Florence Complex in 2014 and 2015. My internship took place at Central Unit and was centered around mental health treatment. As a part of the internship I assisted mental health clinicians during cell block walks, participated in case management activities, attended treatment team meetings, helped to coordinate psycho-education classes and instructional groups, co-developed and piloted a mentorship program, and assisted with group and individual therapy sessions. Overall, the internship was incredibly impactful, both personally and professionally. The experiences I had throughout the course of this internship coupled with the opportunity to see the correctional system from the perspective of mental health professionals have continued to influence how I approach my graduate studies today."
"This experience has helped me improve skills in a variety of areas, such as communication and organization, while networking with other professionals."
"During the Fall 2018 semester as a Criminal Justice and Criminology major, I completed an internship with the Maricopa Reentry Center (MRC). This agency aims to reduce recidivism rates through integrative programming conducive to the rehabilitation and successful reentry of men on parole. My main responsibilities involved co-facilitating a recreational therapy program, implementing and facilitating a creative arts program, developing lesson plans, and coordinating events with staff for residents. I spent the majority of my time working with residents and gained a new perspective on the immeasurable significance of reentry programs. My internship allowed me to work in an environment that is part of the emerging changes within the correctional system that emphasize the importance of rehabilitation. This experience has helped me improve skills in a variety of areas, such as communication and organization, while networking with other professionals and continuing my work at the MRC as a volunteer."