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Sydney Harris

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Other Major: Public Policy
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Spring 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I am currently working as an intern under Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s special initiatives team led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Rob Reed. This team focuses on criminal justice reform through trauma-informed practices. I am working for the only attorney general-sponsored reentry council in the United States This work is derived from Governor Wolf’s trauma-informed plan (HEAL PA).

How did this experience impact you academically?

The skills I've obtained in class have helped immensely when creating recommendations for policy based on discussion and research with the Criminal Justice Actions Teams. Not only this, but I have learned real world application of law, research, and policy.

"The skills I've obtained in class have helped immensely when creating recommendations for policy based on discussion and research..."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My career goals are to enact reform through policy. Through this internship, I have been in discussions with judges, attorneys, heads of Pennsylvania prisons, researchers, and individuals with firsthand experience in the criminal justice system to work toward a state that values trauma-informed practices over retributive practices. This work generates recommendations into policy that benefit both those involved in the criminal justice system and society as well. Topics of reform include prevention, extremism, corrections, probation and parole, reentry, policing, and sentencing.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I received enrichment funding from the Career Enrichment Network, which helped me be able to participate in this internship program. 

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

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