Nina Cohen ‘12


Hometown: Chestnut Hill, MA

Major: Philosophy/French Double Major

Activities: Orchestra, tutoring, Philosophy Club Co-President, Jewish Students Union, Pre-Law club, etc.

Interests: law, philosophy, reading, music, academia

Internship: American Friends Service Comm, Philadelphia, PA

My internship involved researching information about private prisons, solitary confinement policies in prisons, and general issues regarding rights of prisoners. My activities involved research, writing, answering prisoners' requests for information, meeting with supervisors, and meeting with other college interns and AFSC staff. I also completed a final project, which was a Power Point presentation on treatment of mentally ill prisoners. I learned a lot about mental illness in prison and about doing self-structured research. The former is an interest I would like to pursue and the latter is a skill that will be useful throughout my career. Because AFSC has experienced a significant loss of funds during the current year and my supervisor was required to take a furlough for part of the summer, there was less structure in my internship than might have been available under other circumstances. Although this could be frustrating at times, the experience did show me how much I could accomplish by structuring my own learning. I am very grateful for the opportunity I received to work at AFSC and the chance it gave me to learn more about the problems and challenges of the criminal justice system.

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Hepburn Center 2009 Summer Interns