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Justice for All

From attending Congressional hearings to editing a speech for Attorney General Eric Holder, Julie Isaacson ’10 had a rich experience this summer as an intern in the Office of Communications of the Office of Justice Programs, part of the U.S. Department of Justice.

As a sociology major with a focus on criminology, the Department of  Justice was an agency that matched perfectly Isaacson’s academic and personal interests. During her experience, she was able to attend Congressional hearings, including one titled, “Exploring the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009,” a bill designed to initiate the reexamination of the criminal justice system. After attending hearings, Isaacson was responsible for writing after-action reports summarizing their content.

Isaacson also assisted in tabling for the Office of Communications at the National Institute of Justice’s annual conference. She participated in the conference and also attended the lectures covering gathered intelligence on subjects from terrorism to DNA tracking and forensic evidence.

She had a multitude of other responsibilities including writing articles about Department of Justice initiatives, performing legislative and other research, and providing notifications for the Recovery Act grants.

“For me, knowledge about the government, politics, and current events is extremely important not only as a citizen of the United States but also as a student seeking to expand my educational scope,” says Isaacson. “I have had the unique privilege to observe the inner workings of the government, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and federal law enforcement, as well as the interactions and collaboration between federal agencies.”

A native of Wilton, Conn., Isaacson is a sociology major with minors in international relations and Latin American studies. She is a member of William Smith Congress, the Judicial Board, and Arts Collective. She is also a Writing Colleague and a Teaching Fellow for Sociology. She will be completing an Honors project on Immigration and Crime.