Delving Into Criminal Justice Policy for the Summer

June 12, 2013
By Jenny Li Fowler, Harvard Kennedy School

With their coursework and final exams in the rearview mirror, many students are now taking the opportunity to put their knowledge to work over the summer. Once again this year, Harvard Kennedy School's (HKS) Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) is sponsoring a handful of students who have been selected for summer internships in police departments and other law enforcement agencies across the country.

"Students gain valuable experience that helps them deepen skills and hone professional aspirations while organizations receive invaluable help on important projects by dedicated, competent students," said Executive Director Christine Cole.
PCJ student interns receive funding to offset the living costs during their full-time, 10-week internships. Applications are accepted from students across Harvard University, with preference given to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students.
Claudia Newman-Martin MPP 2014 is working this summer for the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) in New York. She will assist OSJI with litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance aimed at promoting human rights and building legal capacity for open societies.
“Thanks to PCJ I have the opportunity to contribute to a foundation at the forefront of using law and advocacy as a force for important social change,” said Newman-Martin.
Philip Tizzani MPP 2014 will work at the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS) helping to develop and implement a risk reassessment tool for juvenile offenders.
“Working at a juvenile justice department in city government, I am constantly grappling with the relationship between public safety and planning treatment for youth,” said Tizzani. “I am grateful for the staff at PCJ who help me think about these issues through a holistic approach to criminal justice.”

"We have seen summer internships develop into PAEs and even full time employment," said Cole. "Making deeper connections between the world of practice and our students is one of the important benefits of funding students for summer internships."
The 2013 PCJ Summer Interns also include Candace Mitchell MPP 2014 and Nick Wilson MPP 2014.

Watch former summer interns talk about PCJ and their internship experiences:

Ben Harmon, MPP/JD 2014:

Yael Bar-tur MPP 2012:

Douglas Barrios MPAID 2012:

Piper Kamins MPP 2012:

Claudia Newman-Martin MPP 2014

Claudia Newman-Martin MPP 2014 is working this summer for the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) in New York

"PCJ not only supported me financially but also helped me to brainstorm and connect with internship opportunities that would allow me to use my skills and engage with issues I am passionate about," said Claudia Newman-Martin.


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