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Criminal Justice & Homeland Security

Student Internships


Dominique Henriques

Program: Homeland Security
Internship Location: Connecticut Judicial Branch
Semester: Summer 2011



My experience at my internship was spectacular and surpassed my expectations. My site supervisor was wonderful and encouraged me.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Assist my probation officer in daily duties of conducting office visits for clients, enter data into the computer, enter notes into the computer about clients and what was discussed about the client’s visit and file paperwork in the filing cabinets.


David Mable

Program: Criminal Justice
Internship Location: Manchester Police Activities League
Semester: Summer 2011

PAL is an organization which works to create opportunities for mutual socialization and learning between police officers and youth. Through PAL I’ve acquired some skill sets, such as critical thinking, that will help me in my future career goal which is to become a police officer. I continue to volunteer at PAL even though I have completed my internship requirements.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Office work at PAL. Program support. Coordination of community outings for kids in the program. Data input. Created a press release for an assistant volunteer postion.


Sarah Chagnot

Program: Homeland Security
Internship Location: CT Department of Public Health
Semester: Spring 2011


I had a great time at my internship. I learned a lot and this internship helped me to decide that I wanted a career in Emergency Management and developing drills and exercises. My boss and his co-workers helped me out a great deal and I am very grateful.

Roles and Responsibilities:

My duties at my internship ranged. I would help plan drills and exercises, and attend meetings to see how the Department can help other places meet their preparedness goals. I also used the HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program) system to put drills and exercises together. I also assisted in the development of role specific ICS (Incident Command System) training for staff meetings that I attended at the local, regional and state.


Eric Rizzo

Program: Homeland Security
Internship Location: Hartford Fire Department, 150 Sisson Ave, Hartford, CT 06106
Semester: Spring 2011


While interning with the fire department, I had the privilege of witnessing some interesting things. It gave me a certain perspective that can only be obtained by looking behind the veil into the daily activities of a fire marshal and fire fighter. This was a great opportunity and I would recommend this internship for anyone interested in having a career as a public servant in Homeland Security or Criminal Justice.

Roles and Responsibilities:

You will accompany lieutenant fire marshals to crime and fire scenes and assist with follow up home and business inspections: consisting of annual inspections and permit recertification. Much of the experience will vary on a daily basis. Depending on the fire marshal you assist that day and the number of fire scenes that need attention. You will tour and document actual fire and crime scenes, document your experiences with weekly journals and photo.


Brinti Lovelock

Program: Homeland Security
Internship Location: Connecticut Police Academy – POSTC, Meriden, CT
Semester: Fall 2010

The Police Academy was a great experience both for learning what is needed to be an officer and qualifications to stay an officer. The people there were all amazing and treated me as if I were part of their team. I would definitely recommend pursuing an internship at the Police Academy if you would like to see what goes on behind the scene of becoming a police officer and attending hands on classes.

Roles and Responsibilities:

While completing my internship at the Police Academy, I was the Chief’s Executive Assistant. The role itself was designed to teach me what paperwork went along with the Academy and how recruitment works. What the recruits had to do to be qualified to teach and what was needed for them to actually get on the road. While doing that, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to sit in on many classes and lectures that related to Homeland Security. These classes and guest speakers were very interesting and taught me a lot that related to my upcoming classes.


Samuel Kirkendall

Program: Homeland Security
Internship Location: CT State Police Cyber Crime Lab, Meriden, CT
Semester: Summer 2010


By working at the crime lab, I have learned many things about the State Police and their fight against child porn. Also, I left my internship with new skills and goals for my future. These skills I use daily in my life with computers, smart phones and other electronics. My determination for my future has been strengthened greatly due to the lab and the individuals that work there. Before my internship, I never thought about applying to be a State Trooper, but after working there, that has changed. As of now, I am waiting for the next State Police test to start, which I will be taking. I was honored to work there and meet the Troopers of the Cyber Crime Unit, some of whom I still stay in contact with.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Disassemble broken computers; build working computers; destroy hard drives or wipe them for future use; learn how to use special programs such as Encase, Ubuntu, KGB, etc., to track locations in cyber space where child porn was found; edit videos, and install new operating systems on new computers.


Eugene L. Roman

Program: Homeland Security
Internship Location: Hartford Fire Department, 275 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Semester: Spring 2009

To be the best in any field, you have to learn from the best and Goodwin’s instructors in these two fields (Homeland Security and Criminal Justice) are the best. I was fortunate to be able to do my internship at Hartford Fire Department. I immediately felt like one of the guys in the fire house and I learned so much from these amazing heroes. I also felt like I was giving back to the community that I was part of as a child.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Reviewed commercial and residential blue prints, according to Fire Safety Code Regulations, inspected fire alarm and sprinkler systems, inspected operation and safety of amusement park rides and trailers, renewed liquor permits and updated certificates of occupancy, inspected mobile vendors and upgraded from the traditional Know-box installation.