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Forensic Psychology Graduate Secures Prestigious Internship with HMP Erlestoke

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A Forensic Psychology graduate from the University of Worcester has secured a prestigious internship at Erlestoke Prison in Wiltshire.

Nathan Rollins will spend the next three months working across a number of departments at the prison, with the opportunity to extend the internship at the end.

I am so thrilled to have been selected for this internship, said the 21-year-old. We were told about it by our lecturer and I said I was interested. I was put forward and was so pleased when I heard I had been successful.

Nathan, from Riegate, Surrey, has just completed his degree at the University of Worcester.

Ive always had an interest in criminal areas of psychology and what makes people offend, said the former Kingston College pupil. As I progressed through my degree I became more interested in mental health and inmates. Im interested in how to help rehabilitate people and this internship is a great opportunity for me to work with professionals in this field and get hands-on experience.

While completing his studies, Nathan took part in a number of volunteering opportunities, including working with Crimestoppers.

I wanted to get as much experience as I could alongside my degree, and I think it is this that has helped me to secure this internship, he said.

Nathan is hoping to continue his studies in the future with a Postgraduate degree.

Dr Gillian Harrop, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, said: We have worked hard to develop links between the Forensic Psychology undergraduate course and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and its wonderful to see our students enjoying the benefits of this, in the form of guest speakers within their modules and opportunities such as this internship at HMP Erlestoke. Im sure that Nathan will make the most of this opportunity and that it will provide an excellent foundation to his career in Forensic Psychology.