Here is another entry in our Summer Intern Chronicles Series - this one courtesy of Barnstable County Government and Children's Cove...
I’m Francesca Barr, a rising sophomore at Harvard University studying sociology with a minor in African American studies. I’m from Chatham and graduated from Monomoy Regional High school in 2018. With an interest in the field of criminal justice reform, I am planning to continue to Law School after college. This summer I’m excited to explore the justice system as an intern with the child advocacy center Children's Cove!
Beyond eating as much of the stocked chocolate as I can, my internship involves shadowing each of the Cove’s positions to understand their role in the advocacy process, as well as helping with any administrative tasks they may need. Through this, I have the opportunity to learn about the mechanics of a child advocacy center first hand, whether it be in through the forensic interview or community outreach.
Coming in with just a basic understanding of what Children’s Cove is, this internship has provided an eye-opening immersion into the compassionate child abuse intervention team. Each of the staff members has taken me under their wing to help me decode acronyms and comprehend the multidisciplinary response that the Cove provides as a Child Advocacy Center for the Cape and the Islands.
After semesters of studying the legal system through articles and lectures, I have learned more about the ins and outs of child abuse intervention in the past few weeks than I have all year. It is exciting and invaluable to be able to apply my work in the classroom to the real world. I would urge every student to seize the opportunity to do the same.