Emily Jenson: Internship


Emily Jenson
Internship: Anoka County Courthouse

What is your major?

Criminology major with a Psychology minor

Where was your internship placement? (What is the purpose of the organization?)

My internship placement was with the Anoka County Adult Corrections Department.  The purpose of this organization is to provide services for the court.

What did your general duties involve?

My general duties included pre-sentence investigation reports, alcohol problem assessments, risk needs assessments, short-form background investigations for domestic abuse and other misdemeanor offenses.  I was involved in back-up bail evaluations duties where I interviewed in-custody offenders and prepared appropriate documentation for the court.  I attended court hearings where I helped assist the appointed corrections agent.  I completed Rule 25 training where I provided chemical health assessments on court-ordered offenders.  Throughout my internship I also observed: the sex offender/domestic abuse unit, traditional unit, female meth program, enhanced supervision, secure juvenile center, and juvenile court.

What was your most memorable experience?

My most memorable experiences were the different opportunities I was given throughout my internship.  I will never forget the first time I walked into the jail and into the cell units to interview inmates, or walking into the courtroom for the first time and meeting the judge, or going on a sex offender home visit with a probation officer.  There was never a similar day at my internship.  There are things you can learn in a classroom but the experiences and individuals you are able to work with at your internship are memorable.

Has your internship influenced your career path?

Yes, my internship has definitely influenced my career path.  My internship experience was more eye opening and rewarding than I ever imagined it to be.  This opportunity greatly impacted my hopes to find a career similar to my internship in the court unit/corrections department.