Kathleen Schulberg

Study Abroad in The Netherlands, Internship with Centre County Probation, and participant in the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program.
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Kathleen Schulberg

Hometown: Des Plaines, Illinois
Major: Crime, Law, and Justice

How did you learn about these opportunities?

I learned about the study abroad program and alumni mentor program through my adviser. I learned about my internship by researching and contacting local organizations that involved probation departments.

Tell us a little bit about your experiences.

The criminal justice study abroad program was an experience I will never forget. Students get the chance to learn about a foreign justice system and to visit many historical places involved with the justice system worldwide such as the peace palace and the international criminal justice court. Besides the awesome field trips, you hear from guest lecturers from all over the world who talk about controversial topics such as euthanasia, the history of drug trade, rehabilitation tactics, and juvenile delinquents. Furthermore the program is led by passionate Penn State professors who guide you throughout the whole learning process.

“All of these Liberal Arts experiences have led me to my career goals and really helped me to find my passion in the criminal justice field.”

The Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program was something I found to be incredibly beneficial. Before this program I knew I had an interest in the criminal justice system but had no idea what I wanted to do with it. Through this program I was paired with an alumnus who shed light on his career path and career opportunities for me. His advice led me to the field of probation, where I found I had a strong passion and interest. This program is such a wonderful way to connect with Penn State alumni and learn from others who have been out in the workforce to see what paths they took to get to where they are today. 

My internship with Centre County Probation and Parole was a great way to experience all different aspects of the criminal justice system. While working in the probation department I was able to interact with the corrections department, district attorney’s office, public defender’s office, police officers, etc. Also, I was able to sit in on various court cases and learn how the court process works. I eventually was able to meet with clients who are on probation, assist with reports that are submitted to the Judge for review, and assist in transporting clients to and from the court house. Everyone at Centre County is really friendly and willing to help, and the office is always accepting applications for future interns. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in the criminal justice field. It a fun and exciting way to earn college credit, while gaining work experience.

Would you recommend these experiences to other Liberal Arts students?

I considered all of these programs to be extremely beneficial to my future career plans and would highly recommend them to other Liberal Arts majors.  These experiences helped me to realize that I hope to work someday for the U.S. Probation Department. These programs not only enhance your resume and work skills, but they really help you to understand who you are as a person and what your strengths and weaknesses are. They are also fun ways to get involved with your major and really feel like you got everything out of your Penn State experience.

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