Administration of Justice students prepare for internships
Students enrolled in Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s administration of justice (AOJ) program recently prepared to begin their assigned internship programs. Training in the AOJ program focuses on the interrelated components of the criminal justice system including public and private sector enforcement and investigation, legal systems, correctional treatment, and community services. "AOJ internships offer students the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in real work situations, explore career choices, and the opportunity to establish a network of professional contacts,” said Michelle Olshefski, AOJ program head. “This bachelor of science degree requires an internship at a supervised on-site location. The student's substantive work and responsibilities within the organization create a professional experience that supports academic and career goals."
Since its inception in 2002, AOJ has been one of the fastest growing degree programs at the campus in Lehman. Students preparing to begin their internships are Sherri Kuderka (Department of Corrections); Jennifer Dongas (Luzerne County Court Administrator's Office); Jessica Gorzkowski (Wyoming County Probation Dept.); David Fisher (I.R.S.); Mark Hilpp (Wilkes-Barre Police Dept.); Anthony Dalessandro (Luzerne County Juvenile Probation); Ryan Gildea (Luzerne County District Attorney's Office); Peter Staffaroni (Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office); April Williams (Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services); Timothy McDermott (Luzerne County District Attorney's Office); Valerie Makowiec (Law Offices of Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn).