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Centre County Correctional Facility
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Colleen Corbett

Major: Criminology
Minor: Rehabilitation and Human Services
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found out about this internship through the Career Enrichment Network. I went to the Career Enrichment Network to review my resume with one of the advisers, and while their she mentioned that many Criminology majors intern at the Centre County Correctional Facility. She provided me with contact information and assisted me in drafting a cover letter.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My internship at the Centre County Correctional Facility is unique because I am exposed to many different areas of the correctional facility. I have been shadowing both correctional officers and counselors, and occasionally helping with office work. I have had the opportunity to interact with inmates on housing units, in rehabilitation classes, and during classifications, releases, misconducting hearings and commitments. I have also had the opportunity to learn the process of parole, probation and obtaining a public defender. I also assist the department of record in filing old, new and active files. My internship at the correctional facility has taught me more about the criminal justice system than I could have ever learned in a class.

My internship at the correctional facility has taught me more about the criminal justice system than I could have ever learned in a class.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has impacted my academics in many ways. First it showed that I was not interested in the current minor that I am pursuing of Security and Risk Analysis. It showed me that my true passion is to be in constant interaction with offenders and help show them the error in their decisions. I am now pursuing a minor in Rehabilitation and Human Services. These classes are more focused on group and individual therapy and addiction. I plan to take the classes that closely correspond with drug and alcohol abuse. It has also showed me that I should not just study material for a test, but to truly learn it because you will apply it in your career.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My current career plan is to graduate in December 2017 and immediately leave for the Pennsylvania State Trooper Academy, and hopefully be selected to work in the Drug Recognition Experts Unit. I want to protect and serve the citizens of this state to the best of my ability, and hopefully be selected to work in the Drug Recognition Experts Unit. After working for the State Troopers for five or six years, I will apply to the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If selected to work for these agencies I hope to be a Special Agent. My career goals are ultimately to make the state of Pennsylvania and the United States a safer place for everyone.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes I would recommend this internship to other students pursuing a degree in Criminology. The staff and especially my supervisor are welcoming and eager to teach me the ins and outs of the facility. You have the opportunity to shadow every section of the jail, and interact with many different law enforcement agencies. I recently interviewed with the Centre County Department of Parole and Probation and they were very pleased with my current internship experience. 

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