Terence Lanzilotti, 2016

student at prosecutor office internshipHometown: Wantage Township, NJ
Major: Criminal Justice

Terence Lanzilotti was no stranger to St. Thomas Aquinas College; his mother and grandmother both graduated from STAC. So when he graduated from New Jersey’s Sussex Community College with an associate degree in the liberal arts, STAC was high on his short list of transfer institutions.

After doing research on the web, visiting STAC’s campus, and receiving a transfer student scholarship package, Terence was sold.

“The transfer process was so easy. I sat down with a transfer counselor, and she ran a credit evaluation for me,” Terence explains. “It was clear cut. The evaluation showed me what I still needed to take to earn a criminal justice degree and when I could expect to graduate.”

Part of his academic program has included a summer internship with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. There, he was assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit, which investigates sexual assault, domestic abuse, and crimes against children or the elderly. His responsibilities included organizing youth advocacy programs, observing investigators in action, and learning about criminal justice through organized trips to drug courts, prisons, Ground Zero, and the Federal Marshall’s Building. He even earned the office’s distinguished “Intern of the Summer” award.

Terence has served as an EMT for the Wantage First Aid Squad and is currently a STAC student ambassador and a volunteer fire fighter in Pearl River. Upon graduation, Terence hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps and enlist in the United States Air Force.

“I want to serve,” Terence says. “I like the notion of service above self and giving back to the community.”

Terence is pictured far-left with other interns at the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.