Interning in Jail: A Criminal Justice Student’s Story

Posted by on June 18, 2013

Jennifer Miller, a criminal justice degree student who graduated from Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville this quarter with a Bachelor of Science degree, spent the spring interning with the public defenders office, working within the Dakota County Jail. The internship allowed her to apply skills she gained from her courses and gave her an opportunity to experience the real life situations that simply cannot be taught in the classroom.

In her final presentation to Matt Stiehm, criminal justice program chair, and other Minnesota School of Business staff, Jennifer explained the unique knowledge she gained as a result of the internship. Alongside Myron Lee, a public defender, Jennifer worked on 30 cases, many from inception to completion. Jennifer played a pivotal role in the cases, connecting with defendants, witnesses and more.

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Jennifer Miller shares her internship experience.

Jennifer explained that the experience required her to work under pressure, something she prides herself on. Having direct contact with a variety of individuals, from inmates to lawyers, offered Jennifer experience working with people who require different needs. In one example, Jennifer shared how she was needed to work with a disgruntled inmate, something she learned to deal with on the spot.

In her final presentation, Jennifer explained, “Through the internship, I got to see how the law system works in real-life.”

In her work reviewing cases or collaborating with colleagues, Jennifer utilized terms and concepts she learned in her criminal justice and law courses at Minnesota School of Business. Jennifer shared how the knowledge she brought from her education helped her to hit the ground running when she began the internship.

In addition, Jennifer saw firsthand the work that her colleagues were completing in positions she could one day fill. She explained that although she had heard of some of the positions during her time at Minnesota School of Business, her internship opened her eyes to other opportunities she was not aware of.

Jennifer’s successful internship experience is a great example of the value that comes from collaborations Minnesota School of Business creates with our local business, government and nonprofit communities.

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