North Carolina Department of Correction News - May 1999

Internship program will benefit the department

"I need experience to get a job; I need a job to get experience."

These words are often expressed by new college graduates seeking to begin a career with the Department of Correction. In recognition of this dilemma, the department is embarking upon a new program which will provide paid work experience of up to 40 hours per week for those students approaching their senior year with criminal justice related majors.

In recent years, the department has experienced difficulty with the recruitment and retention of qualified individuals with criminal justice education and experience. This internship program will enhance student readiness for the workplace by integrating academic study with practical work experience.

The internship program will provide opportunities for students to gain work skills while finishing their education. It will also provide DOC with a more skilled pool of entry level professional employees.

The program is slated to begin its first session May 15 and will last approximately 12 weeks. The program has been developed and will be administered by the department’s Workforce Utilization section with recruitment services and assistance provided by the Equal Employment Opportunities section of the Office of State Personnel.

Karen Campbell, a Workplace Utilization staff member, will have primary responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the program. Students will be recommended by the chairman of their academic department, reviewed by Community Corrections management and given final approval and assignment by the Secretary’s office.

Students may earn academic credit for their participation in the programs as approved by their respective faculty chairperson. Once students have completed the internship program and have obtained their degrees, they may be offered a permanent probation and parole position with the Division of Community Corrections.

Secretary Theodis Beck said this program will benefit everyone involved.

"This program is an excellent opportunity for the department to partner with the university system and provide meaningful employment opportunities to college students," he said. "I see this as a win-win situation for all involved." u

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