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NJJN Welcomes Summer 2019 Interns

June 27, 2019



We’re excited to have three dynamic interns on board with NJJN this summer! These emerging leaders bring a passion for criminal justice and equity to our work. Learn more about the budding, youth justice advocates. 
 

Meet Annalise Felicien – NJJN Policy Intern, Senior at Temple University: 

What made you want to intern with NJJN?  

It is truly an honor to be an intern for the National Juvenile Justice Network because the work that this organization does aides in some very pressing issues regarding the youth justice system. My interest originated from the mission of the organization, their publications and policy positions, and the anti-racist work that they are consistently doing. Most of all, NJJN advocates for the most vulnerable population within the criminal justice system, and I believed it would truly be a privilege to work with an organization that does such meaningful work.  

What are you looking forward to learning during your internship with NJJN?  

Ultimately, I want to grow as an emerging professional while also gaining a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the youth justice system. I hope to acquire skills that I can continue to use throughout my professional career.    

What do you enjoy most about living in DC?   

DC is so lively, and it motivates me every day to work hard while enjoying the beauty of this city. I've learned so much about this nation's history, and I've also started to develop a network in my short time of being here. I am excited to see what else this city has to offer! 


Meet Selia Koss – NJJN Communications Intern, Junior at The George Washington University

What made you want to intern with NJJN?  
 
NJJN's mission aligns with my passion for social justice and criminal justice reform. I wanted to intern with NJJN because I have been learning about youth justice in school, and I wanted to be apart of an organization that is working to reform the justice system. In addition, I want to help expand the anti-racist movement and help other organizations fully dismantle the racist frameworks they may operate within. 

What are you looking forward to learning during your internship with NJJN?   

I am excited to shadow professionals in this field and be able to learn from them and their jobs in the "real world." I have been studying these policies and learning about the criminal justice system at GW, and I am excited to apply it in a professional setting. I am looking forward to learning more about what it means to truly reform the way young people are treated in the justice system. I also want to learn how to better explain to our communities why this issue is important. I also am looking forward to understanding the policies better and developing my skills as a writer, advocate and young professional.   

What do you enjoy most about living in DC?   

I really enjoy DC as a city as I am originally from Philadelphia. I think DC is more culturally diverse, and it is easy to walk from place to place. I have enjoyed the different restaurants as well. 


Meet Serene Singh – NJJN Advocacy and Special Projects Intern, Graduate from University of Colorado & 2019 Rhodes Scholar 


What made you want to intern with NJJN?   

I wanted to intern with NJJN because I will be pursuing a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice this upcoming year, and I am hoping to better understand the relationship between the two of them and how they can work together to protect and defend the rights of one of our most vulnerable communities – young people. Additionally, I dream of becoming a judge. It is critical for me, as an aspiring judge, to understand the issues in our criminal justice system and how judges can change the future of it so that I can be a better public servant for all people one day.    

What are you looking forward to learning during your internship with NJJN?   

I am looking forward to learning about the various issues surrounding girls, religious communities, and people who do not speak English in the criminal justice system. I am interested in seeing how I can learn about these issues, write about them in a clear and concise way, and hopefully, further on the research I do here into my future and career. I also hope to make many connections at NJJN and with our various partners – understanding the complexities of the issues we fight to challenge, and the important change agents in charge of doing so!  

What do you enjoy most about living in DC?  

I really enjoy the numerous activities that an intern can take part in because of the diversity of the city! I have been able to explore museums, attend parades, go hiking, visit important congressional seminars, go to jazz in the gardens, engage in protests, see celebrities, etc. Because this is such an important part of the world, there is always so much happening! It is cool to be a small part of a very active and large community.  



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