internship is with United States Probation and Pretrial Services located in
Portland, Maine. In past semesters, I have interned with the South Portland
Police Department and United States Marshals Service.
What do you
fall semester while I interned for United States Probation and Pretrial
Services, I had the opportunity to write pre-sentence reports. In addition, I
sat in on different types of courtroom settings, such as switch court,
arraignments, and trials; participated in a training seminar; shadowed
probation officers within the office, and contacted other law enforcement
agencies and courts to request criminal record checks. While interning with the
South Portland Police Department and United States Marshals Service, I had the
opportunity to go on a ride-along with a police officer, sit in on different
types of courtroom settings, work on research projects, participate in sting
operations, observe a deputy going through the intake process with someone in
custody, and shadow officers and deputies while they carried out their tasks.
learned that in law enforcement agencies, regardless of whether they are local,
state, or federal, it takes an entire team to achieve organizational goals. The
success of an agency rests on all of its members providing positive
contribution. The factors of sacrifice, commitment, integrity, loyalty,
teamwork, and self-discipline are cornerstones, just to name a few. Law
enforcement personnel exemplify these day in and day out when they are serving
their clients and carrying out their community duties.
your classes at St. Joe’s prepare you for your internship?
The rigor of
the coursework provided me with various skill sets that I am able to use
outside the classroom. The classes have shaped effective time management
skills, organizational skills and interpersonal skills. The classes have
presented an opportunity for me to become a critical thinker and an effective
What do you
like about St. Joe’s?
class sizes. The professors are able to know each student individually and, in
turn, students are able to interact with professors and classmates more
meaningfully. In addition, all of the professors bring something unique to the
classroom within their respective expertise. Many have conducted scholarly
studies, had their studies published, authored books, spoke at national
seminars, or held occupations within their field of study.
specifically do you like about criminal justice here at the college?
diversity of classes associated with the criminal justice program. In addition
to learning about topics associated with criminal justice, such as law and
society, the criminal justice system, and criminological theory, students are
to social work classes. The professors within this program have diverse
backgrounds associated with police work, law, government, military, clinical
social work, corrections and social movements.