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Interning with Geneva’s Police

As an intern for the Geneva Police Department, Courtney Reece ’11 is discovering new aspects of the Geneva community while simultaneously obtaining a different perspective of the law. A perspective that is different from the one that she has acquired through her coursework and from a previous internship with a district attorney’s office.

Her internship with the Geneva Police Department allows her to shadow some of the officers in the Geneva Police Department as a way of gaining field experience in criminal justice and criminology, which she says she will pursue in graduate school. She has already applied to graduate programs at Northeastern and Boston University for the fall semester.

The internship is overseen by Katie Flowers, the director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at HWS, and is part of a bigger collective titled the Geneva Community Based Research Project. The project gives students the chance to earn credit for engaging in work related to their studies, which also benefits the community.

Reece’s research project focuses on juvenile delinquency in Geneva, and corresponds with a Juvenile Delinquency course she is taking this semester. For 10 hours a week throughout the semester, Reece is either in the passenger side of a police car, or positioned at the Geneva Police Station.

“The whole point is to do something for Geneva,” Reece continues. “The other day a large group of fifth graders walked into the station. My job was to give them a tour: a tour of the cells, the evidence room, and trailer out back. That was fun.”  Reece beams about the opportunity she has to interact with the community and its youth on such days.

Previously, Reece has interned for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, learning the judicial side of law. “Now I am out there, where they are writing the actual police reports, getting field experience,” Reece says enthusiastically. “I’m in the car for about four hours every time. No matter where they go, I’m going.”

Reece and the other students taking part in the Community Based Research Project will give a presentation on what they have been learning and working on during this semester’s HWS Senior Symposium. 

For additional information about the Geneva Community Based Research Project please contact Katie Flowers at