Criminal Justice and Psychology
Bluffton senior spends summer interning in Chicago
This summer, Mikey Fimiani ’21, a criminal justice and psychology double major from Willoughby, Ohio, was masked up and ready to make a difference. Fimiani spent the summer living and learning with five other college students from across the country at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture. The program connects students to a variety of internship experiences in the third largest city in the United States. Participants earn college credit and learn about Chicago’s community and culture through the program available to Bluffton University students in majors ranging from education to social work. While at the CCULC, Fimiani interned with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and the University of Chicago Police Department.
“The best part of the internship was getting to know all of the kids at the HPNC and providing fun activities for them each day while teaching them life lessons,” said Fimiani. “The whole internship was a great experience.”
Fimiani’s ultimate goal is to work in the FBI, but he’s also excited about the community relations aspect of policing and the momentum to bring positive change to law enforcement.
“With everything that’s happening in our world right now and with law enforcement, if we want a change, it starts with the new recruits,” said Fimiani. “My main goal for the future is to make a difference in every way possible.”
As a high school student, Fimiani chose Bluffton after visiting campus and realizing that “I wasn’t going to be just another student like at larger universities.” The Bren-Dell hall director credits the social science faculty for pushing him academically and the residence life staff for helping him grow as a person. But being a four-year member of the golf team is the experience he cherishes the most.
“Being a student-athlete is fun, but it’s not always the easiest experience,” explained Fimiani. “Balancing school work, athletics and a social life is hard at first, but I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to play golf at Bluffton.”