Senior Naithram Singh, who graduated this spring with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice, was selected for an internship with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) this summer in Washington D.C. INTERPOL is the largest international, politically neutral law enforcement agency in the world comprised of 190 countries. Their purpose is to mediate among international police organizations to facilitate cooperation and enhance public safety.
“I am eager and ecstatic to be selected for INTERPOL. I was told by INTERPOL that the division I will be in, counterterrorism doesn’t accept many interns. I realized how lucky I am to be given this opportunity. I’m hoping that it turns into a full time position. My alternative goal is to apply for a PhD program to work on my doctoral degree in criminal justice.”
This past semester, Singh worked as an intern for the New York State Assembly along with fiver other John Jay students. He worked in the Office of Assemblyman Joseph Lentol who is the Chairman of the Codes Committee.
The Codes Committee, according to Singh, deals with all civil and criminal sanctions. Singh said that that law classes he took at John Jay, such as Penal Law, Law and Evidence and Criminal Procedure helped prepare him for the internship in Assemblyman Lentol’s office. Among Singh’s many duties, some included corresponding with Lentol’s constituents and drafting memos pertaining to proposed legislation.
“For the last four years John Jay has been my second home. I’m there from early morning hours to late in the evening,” said Singh. “This College has provided me with many good things, great mentors and one of my first actual jobs; I was a tutor at the Math and Science Resource Center, which I absolutely love.”
Singh has received numerous awards and scholarships. He was a Homeland Security Scholarship Program Scholar, a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Recipient, a member of the President’s Ad Hoc Committee on International Programs, a John Jay College Upper Division Scholarship Recipient and a John Jay College Study Abroad Scholarship Recipient.
In addition to his awards and scholarships, Singh conducted research on risk perception for the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events and he worked as an internship for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism. He also plays the dholak which are ancient Hindu drums.
“John Jay was the perfect place for me because it has public service, government, and law enforcement. These are all sources of passion for me. I’ve always been willing to give time and energy to organizations to help the general public, and that passion has continued to grow.”