By Andrew Smith
The Criminal Justice Department at Grand Rapids Community College has organized a Criminal Justice Career and Internship Fair which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the Sneden Hall multi-purpose room 108. There will be at least 43 different criminal justice organizations visiting to speak with students about jobs and internships related to the field.
The expo will feature law enforcement professionals that many people from the Grand Rapids area see regularly. Some of the agencies who will have tables include the Grand Rapids Police Department, Wyoming Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police. There will also be federal law enforcement agencies traveling from afar such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Marshals Service.
The Criminal Justice Department welcomes all GRCC students to the fair and wants to clarify that criminal justice majors aren’t the only students who could get a lot out from interactions at this event.
“It is geared more to criminal justice students but anyone is welcome to come,” said Rachel Crapo, the GRCC Criminal Justice Department’s support professional. “Anyone who is willing to come might find some interest. Not only are law enforcement agencies going to be here, but the MDOC (Michigan Department of Corrections), Spectrum Health, and security agencies… It is a great opportunity to learn more about what these organizations do. For people looking to find a job, even just for exposure, I can’t encourage (coming to the fair) enough.”
Although there are a significant amount of law enforcement agencies that will be in attendance, more criminal justice related employers will also be present. This would include those working in the realm of private security, social services, corrections, and neighborhood associations. Universities such as Ferris State will be attending to give students information about how to continue their education once graduated or transferring. The GRCC Financial Aid office is also expected to be at the event to talk to students about loan repayment options.
For those that choose to go to the Criminal Justice Fair, it is recommended to be looking the best as possible to make a good impression.
“It isn’t a requirement for anyone to dress a certain way but if you’re looking for a job it wouldn’t hurt to dress up,” said Crapo. “Students can bring resumes, faculty members actually encourage that especially if (students) are looking for jobs or internships.”
There will be a second Criminal Justice Career and Internship Fair which will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 in the Sneden Hall multi-purpose room 108. There will be fewer agencies present this day, but the fair will offer another great opportunity for students to network with professionals from multiple areas of the criminal justice field.