Sociology and Criminology

2018-2019

INTERNSHIPS 

RESEARCH PROJECTS 

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Michele Perryman Burns 

I served my internship as a Victim’s Advocate with Hope Harbor Home, Brunswick County’s only domestic violence program/shelter offering around-the-clock assistance to domestic and sexual violence victims and their children.  This internship was an invaluable experience for me, as I not only learned about non-profit operations, but I was also able to interact personally with domestic violence victims.  It was truly my honor to work alongside the Hope Harbor advocates, who are dedicated and passionate, and work tirelessly to provide altruistic and holistic care for the victims they serve.  I am excited for the opportunity to use the skills I acquired during my internship with HHH to advocate for victims and encourage social change in my community.

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Amy Denison

Amy Denison did her internship at Community1. Community1 is the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department reintegration program. Community1 is a unique program that allows individuals currently incarcerated to connect to resources within their community. Community1 identifies the needs of the individual and helps them create a plan so they can successfully reintegrate into society after release. This internship has been an invaluable learning experience for me. I conducted interviews, tracked program data and met various community partners. I was able to pursue one of my passions, while learning about my community and the resources available to those in need.

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Kayla Dunlap

Kayla Dunlap did her internship at Leading into New Communities (LINC)a residential re-entry program in Wilmington, NC

  

 

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Esther Fiore

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with UNCW’s Social Science Applied Research Center for my internship. During this time, I have gained experience with grant writing, data analysis, data collection, and working with community partners on research projects. I have also had the opportunity to learn softwares such as CATI and Qualtrics, and gain further data analysis experience with Excel. I was able to work on research at a new level and gain a variety of skills along the way. This internship has been a wonderful experience in gaining knowledge and skills that I hope to put to further use in my post-graduate career.

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Brooks Koenig

During my last semester at UNCW I had the pleasure of working under Melanie James, Program Manager for Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM).This is a local organization that assist in home repairs for low income housing and had an influx of applications after Hurricane Florence. During my time there I made calls to make sure all the applications were up to date and the people who are on the waiting list are still in need of assistance in repairing their homes. Being a small local organization, everyone who submitted an application were pleased to not have to only look to FEMA for help. Throughout the semester I attended some assessments where the construction manager went to the homes with completed projects to insure everything was completed. It was very humbling to see the people who have been help and all the work that has been done by WARM. During the later part of my internship I was given a separate list of people who have received assistance from WARM but also may have received funding from other relief efforts and was making sure that there was no duplication of benefits in these scenarios. Out of the internship I learned a lot about non-profit organizations and how they work. The funding aspects of them along with the work that goes into providing volunteers and expertise in home repair. I enjoyed my time at WARM and working with Melanie.

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Emily McComiskey                      

I interned at a local nonprofit called Support the Port.During my time there I got to use my data input and analysis skills, as well as helping the organization with event planning and outreach. It was a great experience and I got to meet a lot of new people within Wilmington. The skills I learned from my internship are unforgettable.

 

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Michele Yanicak

My internship was with Catholic Charities, a non-profit focused on hurricane relief and disaster case management. This experience has allowed me to use my learned sociological skills, including data collection, analysis, and dissemination. I have gained a lot of knowledge about case management and disaster survivor aid and have witnessed first-hand the positive impact Catholic Charities has on the community. This experience has taught me an enormous amount about the importance of data collection in order to best aid disaster survivors and I hope to continue using these skills to aid communities.

2017-2018 Cohort
INTERNSHIPS 
RESEARCH PROJECTS 
Kelsey Blakesley
Kelsey Blakesley

“My internship was at the Cape Fear Housing Coalition, a non-profit organization whose mission is affordable housing for all. During my time, there I was able to use the sociological skills I had learned during my academic career. This included research, networking, dissemination and graphic skills. I was able to learn about the lack of affordable housing in Wilmington and the impact this has on the community. I was able to work on projects in this aspect that would benefit the community.”

Brittany Crocker

Brittany Crocker

“My internship with the Crimes Against Children Research Centerhas been a knowledgeable experience. I have greatly enhanced my skills with SPSS and Excel through conducting their data analyses. I learned a substantial amount of information concerning corporal punishment and the debate that surrounds it. Also, I was able to review the outline for the beginning of the paper they are writing on corporal punishment, so I was able to better understand what they were trying to do with the data. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with Dr. Finkelhor and Dr. Turner and all the skills their work provided.”

Teren Donovan

Teren Donovan

“The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Detective Divisionconducts and follows-up with criminal investigations.  They work to gather intelligence, serve warrants, conduct surveillance, and communicate with state and federal agencies.  My internship has led me to network with community organizations such as the Carousel Center, District Attorney’s Office, Federal Court System, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Secret Service.  Over the course of my senior year, I shadowed investigators, went to crime scenes and learned crime scene techniques, applied technology forensics, assisted in interviews, participated in training exercises, and attended court hearings.  I’ve gained an immense amount of knowledge and experience well beyond investigation, the NHCSO is a wonderful agency.”

Caitlyn Heaney

Caitlyn Heaney

“My internship with UNCW’s Social Science Applied Research Centerhas been invaluable. I have gained a plethora of experience from data analysis, to literature review, data collection and working with community partners to accomplish a goal, etc. While other organizations were more focused on one particular aspect of sociology/criminology, the SSARC is multifaceted in the projects and abilities it has. This truly provides valuable experiences for students getting ready to enter both the job market and grad school with its various resume and CV builders.”

Lauren Lammetteo

Lauren Iammetteo

“My internship with DREAMS has given me the opportunity to work in areas I really wanted experience in. At DREAMS, I planned for social media posts, special events and fundraisers, and even assisted in applying for grants. I also got a really good feel for the work environment of nonprofits in a super welcoming environment while also witnessing the great services nonprofits provide to the community.”

Elizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth Marshall

“An internship with the Social Science Applied Research Center is a great opportunity to gain experience in a multitude of areas like survey construction, working with large data sets, fine tuning research skills, and conducting program evaluations. During the spring semester of 2018, the center worked with a variety of community partners including the New Hanover County Sherriff’s Office, the Wilmington Police Department, the Wilmington City Council, and the Mecklenburg and Wake County drug courts. Additionally, the Social Science Applied Research Center purchased a phone bank this semester allowing the opportunity to learn how to utilize CATI software and conduct telephone interviews. This is the perfect avenue to take if one would like to be exposed to various research topics and thrives in a constantly fluctuating schedule.”

William Scarbrough Jr

William Scarbrough Jr.

“For my internship, I have worked with the Police Activities League through the Wilmington Police Department. This program is designed to provide a fun environment for kids in Wilmington, NC at no cost to their families while also building strong relationships between children in the community and law enforcement personnel. This has proved to be a strong crime prevention strategy for the Wilmington Police Department. Through this internship, I have assisted in youth activities as well as fundraising for the PAL program. I have seen firsthand the positive impact that this program has on our community and I am excited to be able to spend my time with these kids.”

Rachel Wilder

Rachel Wilder

“This semester, I am interning at The Harrelson Center, a non-profit organization located in downtown Wilmington that partners with and supports other local non-profits.  I have learned a lot about event planning, applying for grants and donations, and where to go when you need to advertise.  I have met a lot of interesting people, and have enjoyed seeing the positive impact The Harrelson Center and its partners have on the Wilmington Community.”–Rachel Wilder

Jackie Zaney

Jackie Zaney

“This semester has been full of magnificently terrifying first encounters with unchartered waters. UNCW Sustainability has given me the opportunity to cultivate relationships, build capacities, and gain a more holistic picture of community engagement. Applied-learning and experience through community-based participatory research has been an incomparable experience of personal growth and development.”