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Day 1: I had no idea.

June 22nd, 2009

My name is Caitlin and the only time I’ve ever been in jail was on a field trip in 11th grade with Mr. Strazdes’ intro-to-psych class. We visited the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, which was interesting but that was the extent of my knowledge in the area. Now, I am the new summer intern for I am a print-journalism major and a political science minor at Hofstra University on Long Island. I’m going into my senior year and honestly have no idea exactly what I want to do yet. This internship will help me figure things out a bit, or at least I hope so. It will also answer all those questions this interesting field and what it might be like to work in the corrections industry as a career. For those of you in the same position as me, I hope these blog posts will help you as you begin the long, sometimes uncertain process of figuring out the rest of your life.

  • My first day interning at was stressful at first. I had woken up after catching minimal z’s because I was so nervous for today. I didn’t know what to expect. I have never been in the position of intern before and I had never really exposed myself to information concerning the corrections community. So basically, I had no idea what I was doing which was somewhat unsettling.

  • When I walked through the door this morning I was immediately met with information, instructions and answers to questions that I hadn’t even thought to ask. I’ve only been here for one day, 6 hours and 43 minutes to be exact, and I have already learned there are over 150 jobs in the corrections field. Did you know that? reviewing the three page list of different types of employment opportunities in Corrections, I am surprised to see that jobs like “baker” and “pharmacist” made the list. Other surprising ones are nurse, painter and chaplain. There are even jobs that I’ve never heard of before, like peace officer…I wonder what they do?!

  • In addition to learning about Corrections, I am also exploring the behind-the-scenes happenings of the website. It brings me back to my days that I spent working on the Hofstra University website. Visions of “ < i > ” and “ < b > ” just came flooding back into my mind. I also have heard a variety of new terms such as “google analytics” which I will be sure to explore further. And even at lunch the learning didn’t stop as the topic of the day was the “black box” on an airplane and its purpose.

  • My first day is slowly coming to an end and it is like a huge weight has been lifted. I honestly had no idea how interesting the field of Corrections could be. There is so much for me to learn and I hope you’ll enjoy discovering everything with me. Can’t wait for Day 2…

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