Dan Duffy ('14)
Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Dan’s Comments about his Internship Experience:
A valuable learning experience I gained from this internship was the importance of local government. This lesson, in addition to finding growth in a failed situation and valuing the priority of civil and human rights have been exceptionally modeled by the Evictions Department of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, I have experienced and learned about employees at all levels of the Sheriff’s Office who have pushed for effective change in their county. This lesson speaks to me about the importance of local government; specifically, it shows that every day someone’s life is affected by your performance at your job.
Comments from Lt. Peter Pon of the Warrants/Levies/Evictions Department, Dan’s Supervisor:
Dan started out with a great attitude in learning our processes and finished off by being able to apply what he had learned. Dan expressed himself clearly in written and verbal communication. Dan was very open-minded in his encounters with staff and the public and displayed a genuine concern for those seeking information. Oftentimes Dan displayed true professionalism and was often thought to be a salaried employee by the public.
Hannah Wilson ('14)
Madison Police Department
Hannah’s Comments about her Internship Experience: Learning about how the department works, different things they crack down on, and just learning more about K-9 units was a recipe for a great summer experience. I would not trade the trainings and ride-alongs I went on for anything. I would say that the track was the most exciting thing I did during this summer internship. Even though it may not seem like the most exciting thing, to me it is amazing that a dog is able to use just its nose to find people even if the track has been rained on, contaminated, or just a heavy traffic area. These dogs can even track over ice! They are trained to find drugs, track people, protect people and clear buildings. Gun fire does not bother them and they are able to stay cool in some situations that I would never expect a dog to stay cool in. I think that is pretty amazing.
Overall, the things I learned about police K-9’s was pretty awesome. I learned a lot about what it takes to train a police K-9 and what it takes to be a patrol dog handler as well as a lot about the Madison Police
Department in general. I could not have asked for a better experience and a better group of people to work with. I am very glad I chose this internship.
Comments from Sgt. Christine Boyd, Hannah’s Supervisor: Hannah learned skills in helping with K-9 training exercises easily and performed well. I asked her to do many things for us and don’t recall her ever misunderstanding or needing me to repeat instructions. Hannah speaks confidently and clearly. She was very engaging with officers. Officers described her as asking good questions, thinking about answers, and developing more questions. Hannah showed equal respect and comfort with various racial, ethnic, and even supervisory levels.
Hannah was a pleasure to work with. She was one of the most mature interns we have had the pleasure to work with. Her sense of self seems strong, she gets along great with others, and she has a healthy appetite for learning. I would highly recommend her for any vocation she elected to pursue.
Kevin Healy ('14)
Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Kevin’s Comments about his Internship Experience: At the end of my internship I was capable of helping the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Intelligence Center where I was able to work with a very large criminal case and got to gain some experience with how they gather evidence and work to build a case in order to ensure they are prepared to make the arrest. By far the most interesting and useful experience I have had during this time was when I learned about fraud investigation and the process the Sheriff’s Office takes in stopping it and investigating the fraud. I was able to learn how it is actually the finance department that is responsible for the fraud investigation and review and is something I am interested in pursuing as a career.
This experience has been absolutely amazing for me and taught me endless lessons about the criminal justice field that I would never have been able to learn in a classroom. I was surrounded by people who didn’t just give me work they didn’t want to do, but gave me work that would help me learn about the criminal justice world. They were always making sure they were teaching me and guiding me while I was doing work and taught me lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life.
Comments from Alexis Herrera, CFO, Kevin’s Supervisor: Kevin was eager to learn our operations and did not have to be instructed more than once on how to accomplish the required tasks. Kevin was very interested and engaged in learning as much as possible. He was able to articulate himself and worked well with staff always displaying a respectful and positive attitude. It is surprising that someone so young has such a professional presentation. Kevin was always willing to go the extra mile.
Meredith Brunkow ('14)
Chicago Area Project (CAP)
Juvenile Justice Diversion (JJDP) Program
Meredith’s Comments about her Internship Experience: In the criminal justice system we learn about many different theories and terms that can be applied to various forms of crime and offenders. Each of the theories we learn and the terms we study helps us to better understand and comprehend why an individual chooses a life of crime, what factors contribute to their criminal behavior and how victims and communities respond to the devastation of a criminal’s actions. However, learning about it and reading about these terms in class is not enough. As part of the criminal justice department we know that these theories and terms are real and that there are actual people bringing these terms that we are learning about in class to life. This is a reality.
During my summer internship I have been able to see the theory of community justice in action and I have learned how it is making an impact on a community. I have learned the importance of being involved in a youth’s life and I have learned the importance of advocating for change where it is needed. During a training that I attended, a Board Member of the Chicago Area Project stated, “As a youth worker we do not fear the fight, we embrace it. We are fighting for our children and community.” That is exactly what agencies like CAP are doing. They are embracing the fight head on and they are standing up for today’s youth and the future they deserve.
Comments from Joy Hernandez, Meredith’s Supervisor: Meredith’s communication skills both written and verbal are outstanding; her ability to express herself has grown and she can convey a message on a very complex subject with ease. Meredith performed her assigned tasks above and beyond the call of duty and always in alignment with CAP policies and protocol. She is an excellent model of “Walk your Talk” and is an exemplary intern who is living the mission and goals of CAP’s JJDP program.
Working alongside Meredith has been a pleasure and has provided me with a great sense of hope for the youth of today and tomorrow. What a refreshing experience it has been for me and CAP. Thank you and Loras College for such a great opportunity to work with a dedicated and committed professional “Meredith.”
Michael Carey ('14)
Orland Park Police Department
Orland Park, IL
Michael’s Comments about his Internship Experience: I have learned many things, and the observations and experiences that I encountered during my time with the Orland Park Police Department will stick with me for the rest of my life. In addition, I feel that these observations and lessons have not only better prepared me for a career in the field of law enforcement, but have also made me an even more marketable candidate when it comes time to start the application process. I now have a set of good references for my professional character and skill capabilities.
Comments from Lt. Joseph Mitchell of the Orland Park Police Department, Michael’s Supervisor: Michael was an outstanding intern; a wonderful ambassador from Loras College. Michael was articulate and always respectful when interacting with citizens and personnel. Always the professional. Established a high bar for other interns to strive for.
Shelby Roach ('14)
Stephenson County Probation Office
Shelby’s Comments about her Internship Experience: I have gained a much more realistic vision of the duties and procedures of probation officers. One thing I have realized throughout my internship is this position really is a “learn as you go” experience. Just as with any job, you learn more by doing more. I am very fortunate to be able to say that I am now knowledgeable on the job description of a probation officer.
I cannot express enough how lucky I am to be at the end of my internship with the knowledge I have gained from this experience. My experience has taught me a lot and even helped me to decide on a career path after graduation. The staff at the Stephenson County Probation Department did everything they could to enhance my experience by allowing me to go out on home visits, be a part of their Thinking for a Change group, and including me on other various activities. I am very grateful that I have been able to gain this experience and to finally be able to choose a career path.