Clark Police Department
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Carissa Vuono

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Other Major: Psychology
Minor: Italian
Hometown: Clark, New Jersey

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this internship through my neighbor. He is currently a police officer with the department and informed me that they just created the program. I was able to obtain an application then interview with the Chief of police and I got the internship.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Throughout the summer I get to work alongside incredible officers that give everything to my community. For the first two weeks I am working with the records department. I have the chance to read current cases, file cases in the cabinet, and see how background checks are operated. For the following four weeks, I get to work with dispatch. I get to answer administrative calls, watch security cameras, and see the protocol for when 911 calls come in. Later in the summer, I will have the chance to ride along in the police car with the officers. As long as the scene is safe I’m allowed to get out of the car and observe the situation. I also can help write the police reports on whatever the incident may be. Finally, for my last two weeks of my internship I will be working alongside detectives and will have the ability to add my input on whatever case is being worked on.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has impacted me academically because it has showed me how much there is to learn about the criminal justice field. In just the few short weeks I’ve been at my internship I have learned so much. This has motivated me to do well in school so I am able to one day secure the job I want to. The officers have offered me good advice and have suggested certain course that will benefit me. I’m grateful to be working alongside incredible officers who are willing to help me and teach me new things. They are always supportive even when I make a mistake.

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

I have two career goals in mind. I definitely want to work for the government but I am still trying to decide which path to take. Homeland security is one career that interests me because I want to ensure security in this country. The other path I would like to take is to work for the FBI. The FBI is very intriguing to me because of the fast pace aspect to the job. There also are many different types of careers within the FBI. Both agencies have a lot to offer and this internship experience is helping me figure out which one I should pursue.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, I would recommend this internship to other students. It is a great experience to work so closely with incredible officers and see first-hand what police officers do. It also is a great learning experience and great way of forming connections.

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