Meet some of our Summer Interns

Sinloria Macrae worked at the Legal Rights Center - a non-profit criminal defense law firm.

What types of tasks did you do? This summer I participated in a variety of tasks such as research, writing, and direct client interaction. Some of the most interesting tasks I completed was investigating ongoing cases, drafting a sentencing motion that was used in court, working directly with clients by participating in client intake interviews.

How di...d it relate to your major? As a Sociology major I have learned a lot about crime and deviance. That knowledge prepared me for my internship because it allowed me to have an understanding of the social structures surrounding our clients. I was more focused on what events and/or societal pressures led to these crimes happening rather than whether or not the client was guilty.

How did having an internship clarify your goals for the future? This internship reiterated to me that I want to be a lawyer. Last summer I worked with Southern Minnesota Regional Services which was also a wonderful opportunity. I worked in a different area of the law so this summer's experience was completely new to me.

Sheng Xiong was a AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at Robbinsdale Middle School through the Minnesota Alliance With Youth organization.

What types of tasks did you do? ... Promise Fellows coordinate and deliver in and out of school time academic enrichment activities. I also provide attendance and behavior coaching, mentoring and tutoring, all the while collecting and tracking students’ progress.

How did it relate to your major? Majoring in Sociology, I found that my year of service through AmeriCorps were very much connected. In class, we learned a lot about race, culture, gender, socioeconomic, living in rural, suburban, and urban city. It all helped educate me on how to work well with a variety group of people of different backgrounds. Many of the students that I worked with are from low-income families and the majority of them are African-Americans. I was able to better understand them as individuals from having majored in Sociology.

How did having an internship clarify your goals for the future? I have always loved working with children and young people. Serving as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, it pushed me further in the direction of working in areas that involve these groups of people. Working with young people, I have learned many things about myself and questioning about the many things I have done and not done at their age. It also amazes me how much they know about their surroundings and how much they want to learn. Every child has their own perspective on life. It is as important for them to listen and learn from you, as it is important to listen and learn from them.

Katelyn Hellermann was a Criminal Justice Intervention Advocate Intern at Anna Marie's Alliance, a safe place for women who are victims of domestic abuse.

What types of tasks did you do? Attended court hearings.... Advocated for women. Followed up with women after court hearings. Tracked criminal cases on MNCIS. Involved in the felony level domestic violence court. Prepared, attended and helped teach safety plan class. Learned how to prepare and write orders for protection and restraining orders. Learned how to do on-scene advocacy. Took crisis calls. Attended law enforcement training. Gained experience working with people with diverse backgrounds. Empowered women to have good options for themselves. Collected accurate data for tracking, grants and program assessment. Learned about the criminal justice process and how it relates to domestic violence.

How did it relate to your major? Anna Marie's was the best of both worlds for me. I was able to gain more knowledge of the criminal justice field and grow in that area. I was also able to see and work in the organization as a whole which helped me gain more knowledge of the sociology field. I was able to work with the women and children from many different races, social classes, and social networks on women’s responses to domestic violence. I was also able to see the challenges of regaining a sense of control and competency and help to provide different services. This internship also made me more confident in myself and what I am suppose to do with my life.

Did having an internship clarify your goals for the future? Absolutely. I now know that the criminal justice path is the one I am suppose to be on. I am more excited than ever to continue this journey and do what I love! I think everyone should participate in an internship!

Gao Moua was an intern for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

What types of tasks are you doing?
- Creating spreadsheets of missing persons/unidentified persons in Minnesota
- Highlighting matching missing persons/unidentified persons with FBI database.
- Creating bulletins for missing persons/unidentified persons.

Having this internship clarified my goals for the future by narrowing my options in what type of work I want to focus on and which career path within the law enforcement agency I want to take. 

These are other internships which have been completed by Sociology students.

Katelyn Hellermann Caseworker Intern Minnesota Correctional Facility - St. Cloud Fall 2017
Katelyn Hellermann Probation Intern Stearns County Community Corrections Summer 2017
Gao Moua Intern Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Summer 2017
Bri Rimas Intern Social Concerns Office of Catholic Charities (Catholic Campaign for Human Development)
Kenea Andrews Community Outreach Worker YES Network
Mao Vue Social Work Intern Arlington Place Assisted Living
Erik Larson SNAP Outreach Specialist Second Harvest Heartland
Jen Korevec Intern House of Resurrection (South Africa)
Marissa  Swegle Intern Refugee Resettlement - Luthern Social Services
Katelyn Hellerman Criminal Justice Advocate Anna Marie's Alliance  2016
Stacey Guzman Intern Restorative Justice Community Action  2016
Sinloria Macrae Intern  Legal Rights Center 2016
Briana Abrahamson Advocate Intern Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center 2013
Lara Woyno Guidance and Counseling Intern SJU Prep School 2013
Maria Jagodinski After School Program Assistant Marvell Civic Club After School Program 2013
Nicole  Cornell Research Assistant The Association of Religion Data Archives (Penn State University) 2013
Nicole Cornell Research Assistant Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate-CARA 2012
Samantha L. Johnson Career Information Specialist Work Force Center Mckinley Education Center 2012
Samantha L. Johnson Career Information Specialist Work Force Center Mckinley Education Center 2011
Siobhan Dodds Program Assistant Central Minnesota Legal Services 2009
Jeff Schulte Career Information Specialist WorkForce Center Apollo High School 2008
Jenny Vuong Asian Studies Intern CSB/SJU Asian Studies Department 2008
Anne Wessel Student Marketing Intern St. John's Regional Medical Center 2007
Jeff Schulte Career Information Specialist WorkForce Center Apollo High School 2007
Jennifer Koravec Research Assistant House of Resurrection 2007
Ciara Houston Assistant to VP of Multicultural Affairs CSB Student Development 2006
Jesse Miller Child Health and Safety Intern Tree Trust 2006
Kristin Roehl Global Education Intern CSB Center for International Education 2006
Chris Nolan Administrative Assistant St. Cloud Tech High School 2005
Curtis Lowe Recruiting Assistant Superior Search, Ltd. 2005
James Holden Juvenile Court Officer's Intern Juvenile Court Services 2005
Justin Olsen Administrative Assistant Work Force Center Sartell Senior High School 2005
Eric Prawalsky Financial Advising Intern Merrill Lynch 2004
Katherine Ferber Career Information Specialist WorkForce Center - Tech High School 2004
Laura Levinski Community Impact Intern United Way of Central Minnesota 2004
Adam N. Johnson Part Time Youth Counselor Sheriff's Youth Programs, St. Cloud Group Home 2003
Joseph Murphy MGSF-Intern Minnesota Gang Strike Force 2003
Katie Blackman Career Info. Specialist - Foley H.S. WorkForce Center - Foley High School 2003
Melissa Bennett Youth Development Intern PACER Center 2003
Nicole James Research Assistant CSB Academic Assessment 2003
Tiffany Wagenbach Gerontology Intern Whitney Senior Center 2003
Carrie Blustin Community Initiatives Intern United Way of Central Minnesota 2002
Holly Johnson Career Info. Specialist - Holdingford HS WorkForce Center - Holdingford High School 2002
Jacquilline Nagila Program Intern Central MN Community Foundation 2002
Jesse Flynn Intern Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension 2002
Kristen Howa Housing Assistant Good Shepherd Community 2002
Nicole Koenig Youth Worker Youth Resiliency Program 2002
Ryan Tauer Research Assistant CSB Academic Assessment 2002
Alexia Muchisu Development Office Intern CSB Development Office 2001
Daniel Paur Special Operations, Training & Development Intern Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension 2001
Darek Olson Probation Office Intern Kanabec County Court Services 2001
Katherine Scegura 4-H Youth Development Intern Stearns County Extension Office 2001
Kathryn Kaproth Volunteer Connection Intern United Way of Central Minnesota 2001
Kerri Shaughnessy Assistant to Coordinator Casa Guadalupe 2001
Natalie Peterson Career Info. Specialist - Sauk Rapids/Rice H.S. WorkForce Center - Sauk Rapids, Rice High School 2001
Stacy Kaye Human Resources Coordinator Radisson Hotel - Bloomington 2001
Tory Oelfke Financial Aid Intern CSB Financial Aid Office 2001
Amy Hertzog Corrections Agent Intern Stearns County Community Corrections 2000
Angela Bellefeuille Observation Intern CentraCare Health System - Communication Dept. 2000
Julie Lewandowski Marketing/Special Events Intern YMCA - St. Cloud Area 2000
Laura Busian Homicide/Sex Crimes Unit Intern Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension 2000
Naomi Nakada Teaching Assistant Intern Washington School Preschool Program 2000
Ross Jerpseth Probation Officer Intern Anoka County Corrections Dept Lino Lakes 2000
Sarah Glover Career Info. Specialist - Tech H.S. WorkForce Center - Tech High School 2000
Troon Dowds Lakeside Program Director Intern Camp Courage 2000
Aleisha Bangsund Human Resources Intern Northland Inn, The 1999
Chris Courchane Child/Youth Advocate Woman House 1999
Donniel Johnson Admission Intern SJU Admissions Office 1999
Heidi Schwichtenberg Events Planning Intern Assistant YMCA - St. Cloud Area 1999
Stephanie Shea Case Manager Stearns County Community Corrections 1999
Dena Rae Meyer Human Resources Intern St. Benedict's Senior Community 1998
Jill Johnson Spanish Translator/Interpreter Stearns County Social Services 1998
Rebecca Gomer Student Intern South Junior High 1998
Sally Swanstrom Lead Generator Lucent Technologies - Bell Lab Innovations 1998
Cathy Heston Program Assistant Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota 1997
Heather Raser Program Assistant YMCA - St. Cloud Area 1997
Jennifer Hatlestad Administrative Intern St. Cloud City Hall 1997
Kate Kramschuster Women's Advocate Intern Woman House 1997
Megan Morrissey Union Projects Intern Minnesota Federation of Teachers 1997
Tina Pauls Court Administration Intern Stearns County Court Administration 1997
Anne Wiebe Therapeutic Services Intern St. Benedict's Senior Community 1996
Gayle Rhineberger Administrative Intern Stearns County Court Administration 1996
Julie Santer Collaborative Intern Stearns County Family Services Collaborative 1996
Karen Thibodeau Women's Advocate Woman House 1996
Loni Wegman Intern Facilitator Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota 1996
Lori Dagit Special Project Coordinat United Way of Central Minnesota 1996
Michelle Zimmer Counseling Assistant Rocori Middle School 1996
Nicole Boland Children's Activities Intern Woman House 1996
Saundra Scheidt Peer Mentor Intern Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota 1996
Stephanie Magnuson Probation/Parole Intern Minnesota Department of Corrections 1996
Theresa Scheider Benet Place Intern Benet Place 1996
Joan Beach Assistant to Executive Vice President Cabarrus County Economic Development Corp. 1995
Joan Rakotz Human Services Intern YMCA - St. Cloud Area 1995
Michele Clarke Court Administration Assistant Stearns County Court Administration 1995
Michelle Tomsche Practicum Albany Early Childhood Education 1995
Renee Logeais Leisure Activity Intern St. Benedict's Senior Community 1995
Tina Kampa Program Coordinator Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota 1995
Erica Masterman Women's Advocate Intern Harriet Tubman Center 1994
Jennifer Kuny Field Assistant Hennepin County Environmental Services 1994
Julie Ludowese Social Work Intern Stearns-Benton Employment-Watkins, MN 1994
Richard Levene Administrative Intern YMCA - St. Cloud Area 1994
Cindy Jansen Public Relations Intern Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Blindness 1993
Jeanne Risacher Special Projects Intern United Way of Central Minnesota 1993
Kim McCabe Administrative Intern VA Medical Center 1993
Kim Scheidt Retail Management Seiferts (Past Intern) 1993
Marcy Kragenbring Personnel Services Intern SJU Public Affairs 1993
Sonda Gominsky Recreation Intern St. Cloud Park & Recreation Department 1993
Susan Imdieke Communications Intern CSB Public Affairs 1993
DeAnna Hanson Human Services Intern Rivers of Hope 1992
Donecia Norwood Child Care Worker Shelter Care for Girls, Inc. 1992
Ellie Paradise Assistant Sales Intern Katie Sales 1992
Jenni Jewell Human Services Intern Partners in Friendship Inc. 1992
Kathy Kimmel Management Intern Herberger's 1992
Nichole Stevenson Writing Assistant Council on Hemispherical Affairs 1992
Sara Moore Psychology Intern New Beginnings 1992
Amy Knudson Fund Raising Intern CSB Constituent Relations 1991
Kim Graning Child Advocate Woman House 1991
Lorraine Meyer Counseling Intern Catholic Youth Ministry Services 1991
Mari Walter Travel Management Intern Incentive Services, Inc. 1991
Nancy Schiffler Education/Marketing Intern Douglas County Hospital 1991
Pamela Carpenter I-Team Intern WCCO-TV 1991
Rachel Labatte Human Resources Intern SJU Human Resources 1991
Suzanne Chan Travel Consultant St. Cloud Travel 1991
Michelle Gust Child Care Worker St. Joseph's Home for Children 1990