Parole Board’s intern program is an experience

During this summer, 14 college students participated in the New Jersey State Parole Board’s internship program, which is aimed at providing real-world, work-learning experiences for qualified college students and graduates entering the job market.

This unique program not only benefits the intern but also the state Parole Board because it gives the agency the chance to engage with students to gain a stronger understanding of their interests in parole administration and law enforcement.

New Jersey State Parole Board Interns Emilyann Colbert (far left) and Ekene Ezechi (far right) with New Jersey State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. after receiving their completion certificates.

Interns are given the opportunity to put theory into practice to gain a clear understanding of the Parole Board’s role in the area of criminal justice and work side-by-side with agency staff while exploring potential career options.

“The New Jersey State Parole Board is committed to providing hands-on and educational experiences to interns and encourages them to explore parole careers,” said Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. “This agency has some of the most talented men and women who work in the field of criminal justice, and we are delighted to give our interns the chance to realize and experience the many opportunities that are involved in parole work.”

New Jersey State Parole Board Intern Ekene Ezechi of Hamilton; said, “having emigrated from Nigeria where parole does not exist, nor are there any reentry services, I found it fascinating to witness the entire parole process from the parole plan to the final two-member panel decision.”

Since the New Jersey State Parole Board Internship Program began in 2011, 403 interns were placed for assignment at either the agency’s central office in Trenton, one of the parole district offices throughout the state, or a parole office at a state prison.

Interns completing the summer session of the New Jersey State Parole Board Internship Program attend a variety of colleges and universities, including Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Rowan University, The College of New Jersey, Delaware State University, Felician University, Marist College, Elizabethtown College, and Brookdale Community College. Referrals also come to the agency directly from professors who are aware of the program’s immense value.

The New Jersey State Parole Board Internship Program has three sessions throughout the year: spring, summer, and fall. Those interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to visit the agency’s website:

Below is a list of the New Jersey State Parole Board Summer Internship Program graduates, along with their schools and hometowns.

The New Jersey State Parole Board (SPB) is committed to promoting public safety, utilizing effective methods to aid supervised offenders in reentering society and to reduce the recidivism of offenders while addressing the needs of crime victims.

As required by law, appointed parole board members and staff conduct approximately 13,500 hearings per year, solicit input from victims, and decide upon parole matters.

Nearly 400 sworn parole officers supervise more than 15,500 offenders and act as New Jersey’s primary law enforcement agency responsible for sex offender supervision.

Julie-Ann Antoine, Marist College of Union; and Matthew Englese, Rowan University of Garwood;

Brielle Breheny Seton Hall University Hopatcong;

Georgeanne Casper Rutgers University Matawan;

Anthony Colabella Brookdale Community College Howell;

Emilyann Colbert Rowan University Sicklerville;

Ekene Ezechi Rutgers University Hamilton;

Rochelle Fuller Rowan University Collingswood;

Ra’Deah Moore Delaware State University Paterson;

Jimmy Nunez Rutgers University Avenel;

Giovanna Paccillo The College of New Jersey Hamilton;

Nicholas Peroni George Washington University New Egypt;

Alyssa Scordo Elizabethtown College Allentown;

Jake Thoden Felician University Hillsborough;

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