Kent State Columbiana County senior criminology and justice studies major, Katie Parr, was one of only 20 students selected to participate in the prestigious CPII (Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issue) internship last semester.
CPII is designed to help tomorrow's leaders understand public policy development at the state level. The program is modeled after the highly successful Washington Program in National Issues. Interns study practical aspects of public policy-making firsthand, and have the opportunity to establish career-long professional contacts and gain valuable pre-career knowledge and skill, as well as enjoying the cultural amenities of Ohio's capitol city.
During the internship, Parr took online classes while interning at Roetzel & Andres, a Columbus law firm in partnership with Kent State's CPII program. In addition, she was given the chance to attend multiple House and Senate sessions, seeing firsthand how the state government was run. She also had the opportunity to take a political science course in the State House.
"The experience I gained during my internship was priceless and further solidified my plan to attend law school," Parr said. "I am certain I would really enjoy working in state government. The internship was a dream come true."
Through her internship, Parr attended numerous fundraisers and countless events to support state representatives and senators, and visited the governor's mansion and two local prisons. She also helped campaign for both issues 2 and 3 by going door-to-door, informing voters of the ins and outs of the issues. In addition to her success during campaigning, her internship earned her an invitation to CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Washington, D.C.
Parr is on track to graduate this May with her bachelor's degree in criminal justice, and is planning on starting law school this coming fall. She said she chose the University because of its well-known criminology and justice studies program. "Kent State has a challenging curriculum," she said. "I am positive that the knowledge I gain at Kent will be a stepping stone for the academic challenges I will face during law school."