In this series, the Summer 2016 interns reflect upon their experience working with CIC.
Being an intern at the Chicago Innocence Center furthered my education and transitioned me into the real world. The high quality of the reading assigned to me and my fellow interns gave me a deep, nuanced understanding of the prison industry as opposed to the vague idea of it I had before. Through going out into the field and getting involved in a specific crime case, working at this organization showed me first hand that I could make a difference and gave me a sense of ability that will serve me well throughout my professional life. Additionally, I owe my decision to become a forensic psychologist to the Innocence Center. Conducting my own research on the treatment of the mentally ill for the organization furthered my passion and made me certain that forensic psychology is what I want to do in life.
Jake Royko is a rising senior at Beloit College in Beloit, WI. He studies psychology and anthropology. To learn more about the CIC interns, click here.