Khadijah Dixon Internship at the Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Office

20150731_215947 (2)Over the course of my internship I have had the great opportunity to partake in many activities. I have been in several court rooms and also gained a lot of desk work experience. Being here since May, I have truly had many opportunities of talking to many people who have been in the field for decades and they have told me many stories of the types of people they have had interactions with over the years. One of my favorite moments while being here is going to all of the trainings. All though I have only gone to three, they each allowed me to act as a juvenile probation officer by providing me with information about each topic and fully understanding why this information is important to consider when looking at a child’s specific case.

View from my desk

View from my desk

             One of the key things I learned while at the family court, which is where the juvenile probation office is, was that it’s ok to be more active in my work. Typically when I do my work, I work independently and quietly. I have learned the importance of talking to everyone has its perks because they often have useful information and are very helpful in all situations. That just makes me even more grateful for the people that I have met and for them showing me new ways of doing things. It is always the lessons that we learn from others that has the greatest impact on our lives that ultimately leads us to do great things. The same could be said for some of the courses I have taken thus far. Like my supervisors, my professors have always given the best advice and tips and sometimes even the professors who were not in the sociology department give great advice as well. The type of advice that I have received has encouraged me to share my advice on internships. The first part is always go after the internship you desire. It may take a lot of work and you may have to call the agency multiple times but it is definitely worth it. Also another key piece of advice is to be patient. Like with everything else in life, the process takes time to get everything in order, but in the end it is truly worth it.

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