felony for selling marijuana. I had no jail time. I will complete a bachelors degree this summer in Human services. I would like to work as a case manager. I applied for a non paid internship as part of my school requirements and was turned down flat. I am freaked out. I have supported myself in the past 5 years by bartending and working for a family member. I have never worked manual labor and have no particular skills in that area. I am very computer proficient and had been thinking about getting a masters in social work. But now I am wondering if I have wasted all of my efforts by going to college when I can't even work as a free intern. Also...what is "expungement" and how do you look into it? Thank you for any advice.
First of all, getting a degree is by no means a waste of time. You are in a much better position than most ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs. I always suggest applying for jobs by sending resumes with well written cover letters. Often this may help to get around the application process.
Expungement may be a good option for you depending on your state. Expungement amounts to a court order effectively sealing a court proceeding and its affects from public view. This would appear that your conviction does not exist. It does, but will only be visible to the court system, law enforcement and government agencies. Often ex-offender and felon job searches begin with some legal assistance. Contact your local legal aid office to inquire if expungement is an option for you. Legal aid offices often provide low-cost or even no-cost assistance.
I hope this helps.