Criminal Justice Studies internship highlight: Jess Sabatino

Jess Sabatino '19, a criminal justice studies minor, builds skills while interning at the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center.

Many criminal justice studies students opt to pursue internships that provide exposure to professions in the field, including careers in law enforcement, the legal system, crime data analysis, clinical settings and more. This feature highlights the internships of criminal justice studies minors.

Jess Sabatino ('19)
Criminal Justice Studies minor Jess Sabatino '19 recently completed an internship at the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center in Greensboro, N.C., and was advised by CJ Fleming, assistant professor of psychology.

Of her experience, Sabatino says:

"My criminal justice classes showed me a passion for working with the juvenile criminal population, a passion my internship at the Guilford Juvenile Detention intensified. I was able to see the information I learned in my classes firsthand. While working in the detention center I learned a lot about the North Carolina criminal justice system and how it affects the criminals involved. During this internship I worked closely with the therapist which inspired me to obtain my master's of social work next year to work with the juvenile criminal population. The criminal justice classes I took at Elon really helped me immensely find my future career. Without this internship and my criminal justice classes, I don’t think I would have found a career as meaningful as one with the juvenile criminal population."

Are you a criminal justice studies minor hoping to pursue an internship in a related field? Contact Debby Wall, director of internships at or (336) 278-6538.

Are you a criminal justice studies minor who would like to have your recent or ongoing criminal justice studies-related internship highlighted in this feature? Contact Rena Zito, coordinator of the Criminal Justice Studies program, at .