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Internship with THE EPIS CENTER
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Shakita Jarrett

Shakita Jarrett

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major(s): Psychology and Criminology

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through the College of Health and Human Development website.  I found the EPIS Center called them to inquire about possible internships offered at the center.

Tell us a little about your experience.

During my internship, I gained valuable experience in understanding the different programs implemented to reduce antisocial behaviors in school-children along with reducing delinquency among troubled youth. This internship has given me the opportunity to work with former probation officers and social workers and gain insight into their professions. Also, I was given the opportunity to visit the Loysville Development Youth Center. Overall, interning at this center has been beneficial and I believe I will use the knowledge of programs learned during this internship in my future jobs.

Overall, interning at this center has been beneficial and I believe I will use the knowledge of programs learned during this internship in my future jobs.

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

I plan on pursuing a career in human services. Specifically I want to work with the mental health community and with juvenile delinquents to help them integrate back into society after placement and treatment. The internship has influenced my path because I gained knowledge of evidence-based programs used in my state to decrease juvenile delinquency.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students? If yes, why?

Yes, I would highly recommend this experience for anyone interested in working with juveniles or aspiring school counselors. Also this internship is relevant for criminology majors. Some of the employees at the center are former probation officers and social workers and they provide valuable insights in the field and can potentially help with seeking employment

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