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Criminal Justice Internships Can Lead to Rewarding Careers



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Jissell Cuevas served two internships while attending Berkeley College. As an assistant in the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau at the Attorney General’s Office in New York City, she handled consumer fraud complaints through mediation. Her second internship, as an assistant to the operations manager at MG Security Services, LLC, in New York City, led to a rewarding career.

“As an intern at MG Security Services I was able to put my managerial skills to use, and received exposure to different functions within the company,” said Ms. Cuevas, who graduated from Berkeley College with a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice in 2011.

Ms. Cuevas had originally planned on applying to law school following graduation from Berkeley, but changed her plans when she saw an opportunity for growth at the security company.

“I accepted a position as an Operations Assistant at MG Security Services. Five months later, I was promoted to an Account Manager,” said Ms. Cuevas, who was placed in her internships by the Berkeley College Career Services Department.

Ms. Cuevas has continued to grow with the company, and currently serves as Operations Manager, overseeing the day-to-day operations for more than 80 different accounts and 500 employees.

Berkeley College Interns Prepared to Work

In her current role Ms. Cuevas welcomes Berkeley College students as interns and recently hired one of those interns into a position as an Administrative Assistant.

“Berkeley College interns aren’t just here to earn college credit. We give interns an opportunity to understand and gain knowledge in the security industry,” Ms. Cuevas said.

Ilene Hauer Bisogno, Area Human Resources Manager, Securitas USA, also welcomes Berkeley College interns at her company.

“Criminal Justice interns from Berkeley College come here ready to work,” Ms. Hauer Bisogno said. “They understand that an internship is not just about sitting back and observing. They are eager to get in there and start doing the job. Many of them have stayed on with us after their internships ended.”

Ms. Hauer Bisogno said that internships are a great way to break into an entry-level position as a security guard at her company.