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Internships Give Students a Work-World View

Release Date: 6/15/2010

Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Internships Give Students a Work-World View

Westminster, Md., Christine Rhodes was enrolled this spring in two criminal justice classes at Carroll Community College. A graduate of the college, Rhodes enrolled in these classes because she wanted to take additional credits in Criminal Justice and Ethics and in Criminal Evidence and Procedure.
Her coursework immersed her in the Criminal Justice field. Yet, she was interested in taking a closer look at careers in the field. So she completed an internship with the Maryland State Police in the Crime Scene Unit.
"I interned with the techs and observed their everyday tasks," said Rhodes. "The internship showed me first-hand how to do my future job, because this is exactly the career I want. Carroll's internship program prepared me and gave me the credits that I needed to be qualified for a position." 
Carroll Community College's renewed emphasis on internships has encouraged more faculty to help students design such experiences in the workplace.

"Internships provide students with real-world experience and the real world is much different than TV police dramas," said Wayne Livesay, discipline coordinator of  Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. "Internships are  an opportunity for students to spend time with an agency in which they have an interest.  I always try to place them with an agency where they intend to apply for a job. There is also an opportunity to build their resume. I continually have students tell me that their class work complimented their internship. However, it was through the internship that students  learn how to be a good employee, how to be responsible for their work, and how organizations function."

Joyce Schaum, director of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit at the Office of the State's Attorney for Carroll County,  supervised a Carroll Community College intern this past semester. "Internships are important to an organization. Internships help with the backlog of filing, keeping up-to-date with correspondence, and numerous other tasks that need to be accomplished."

"Student interns have access to everyone in our office," said Schaum, "including attorneys. Students can get what they want out of the experience.  This gives interns an opportunity to see part of the criminal justice system from the inside to help them determine if the choice of criminal justice as a career is the right one for them."


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