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Mark D'Ostilio

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Minor: History
Hometown: Woodbridge, Connecticut
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

At the Center for Civic Design, I completed a research project that focused on voting rights after a criminal conviction.

How did this experience impact you academically?

From this experience, I learned how to conduct research on a large scale and present my findings.

I hope that I can use what I have learned during my fellowship to help improve the criminal justice system in the future.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My internship has opened my eyes to the importance voting plays in our democracy. From my experience with the Center for Civic Design, I have learned that some citizens are denied the right to vote based on their criminal history and this can have major consequences for society as a whole. This is because civic engagement and voting can help create a successful reentry and reduce the likelihood of recidivism. I hope that I can use what I have learned during my fellowship to help improve the criminal justice system in the future.

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.)?

The Career Enrichment Network has helped me with resumes, cover letters, and networking. Additionally, the Career Enrichment Network has helped me find opportunities in my field and prepare for interviews. I have also been assigned a mentor through the alumni mentor program, who has helped guide me through challenging career decisions.

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