Interning at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Interning at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

August 13, 2013 | Paola Segura, Intern, NCCD

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My name is Paola Segura and I am a high school intern at NCCD. I will be in 11th grade at Oakland Technical High School this year. I have been interning here for four weeks and so far I love it! I got my internship through the program I’m in, which is called the Coro Exploring Leadership Program. In this program we hope to learn leadership skills to engage in our schools and our communities. This has been my first work and office experience and I have to say, it’s really different from what I am accustomed to at school.

My name is Paola Segura and I am a high school intern at NCCD. I will be in 11th grade at Oakland Technical High School this year. I have been interning here for four weeks and so far I love it! I got my internship through the program I’m in, which is called the Coro Exploring Leadership Program. In this program we hope to learn leadership skills to engage in our schools and our communities. This has been my first work and office experience and I have to say, it’s really different from what I am accustomed to at school. I’m used to always hearing the teacher talking or the crowded hallways instead of the sound of people typing and mouses clicking.

While here I have gotten the chance to interview various staff members and revise some data for my supervisor. I’ve learned a lot about the organization and the people within it. I have also attended a few meetings and got to learn about different projects such as Girls in Gangs and the LGBT project, which works to reduce the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth in the foster care system.

I really like the people here.  They all really want to help people and are passionate about what they do. I hope in the future I can work with people like them. Overall it’s been a great experience. I really like NCCD and what NCCD does to try to better society.

Editor’s Note: Interns like Paola go on to do many different things in their lives. Past intern, Aishatu Yusuf worked on the Children Exposed to Violence Task Force project during 2012. During the internship, Aishatu learned how to support the NCCD team, while also working on research, qualitative and quantitative data, and writing tasks. After her internship, she was promoted to Program Associate. She now works on a variety of different, challenging projects. Aishatu considers working at NCCD to be a constant learning experience where she learns something new every day.

Over the last several years NCCD has been fortunate to host a number of interns, including high school students, college undergraduates, and graduate students representing a variety of disciplines. While interns come to NCCD with a diverse range of backgrounds, skills, and experiences, they all bring an avid interest in research and policy and share a strong commitment to social justice. NCCD staff tend to learn as much from interns as they do from us, making it a mutually beneficial experience for all involved. Please visit our Employment/Internship page to learn more about internship opportunities at NCCD.