Criminal Justice Student Profiles
"I have completed two internships during my sophomore and senior year at Messiah, one at Schaffner Juvenile Detention Center and one with Dauphin County Case Management Unit Adult Mental Health Offenders Division. I am currently the president of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society, as well as the Assistant to the Advisor for the Criminal Justice Club. This major has great students as well as interesting courses, so it isn't hard to come to class! The Criminal Justice program at Messiah provides an opportunity for great friendships and a great education."
"I am currently interning at Dauphin County Juvenile Probation - specifically I am assigned to the Electric Monitoring (EM) Unit. Within the unit I have assisted in placing people on “EM,” removing juveniles from EM, cleaned equipment, and other clerical tasks. Typically the experiences I have on a daily basis vary greatly. One day I could be working with the EM equipment, the next I could be observing court cases and detention hearings, and another day I could be out in the field making house visits with Juvenile Probation Officers. Fall semester of my junior year I participated in Messiah’s Philly Program and studied at Temple University. Trading in Messiah’s main campus and living in Philadelphia was exactly what I needed and I would never trade the experiences I had that semester for anything else. I was able to take a variety of Criminal Justice courses that Messiah doesn’t offer and complete an internship!
"I was an intern with the U.S. Marshals. I was asked to help work on a specific project called Operation Safe Summer. The project focused on finding, warning, and in certain cases, arresting non-compliant sex offenders. My jobs consisted of filing, inputting data, and going on ride-alongs with the Marshals. I was able to see as well as learn many aspects of what the U.S. Marshals do on a daily basis. These first hand experiences have been beneficial in my preparation for a future career in law enforcement. I am also currently the Vice President of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society, as well as the President of the Criminal Justice Club."
"My internship is with Swatara Police. I was given a bullet-proof vest to wear at all times while on duty, and I tag along with an officer for twelve hours at a time once or twice a week. I observe the day-to-day business an officer has to deal with. The interns are not allowed be directly involved with any of the events that take place, and we wear an intern identification around our necks so people know we are not police officers. If a call comes in that could be life-threatening the intern is not allowed to go, but all other calls are fair game!"
"I am doing my internship at Dauphin County Adult Probation. I have done a lot of home visits with different units (Mental health, Drug Court, Electronic Monitoring, etc.). I have also attended meetings and court regarding offenders in the drug court and mental health programs. I am looking forward to working with the Power Shift Unit in which Probation Officers go out with the Harrisburg Police Department to respond to emergency calls. I like this internship because you get to see many different aspects within the Criminal Justice System and so it helps me figure out what I want to do after graduation."