New York County District Attorney's Office

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Location: New York

Former Intern(s): Ray Chao, Princeton '15; Angelica Hoyos, Columbia '13

Organization Description

The New York County District Attorney's Office is charged with responsibility for prosecuting crime in the County of New York (Manhattan). Guided by the belief that the public prosecutor's function is to do justice and not merely secure convictions, the New York County District Attorney's Office has been recognized as a model for other public prosecutors' offices throughout the nation. Each year, the office investigates and prosecutes over 100,000 criminal cases. To accomplish this task, the District Attorney employs approximately 500 Assistant District Attorneys and a support staff of over 700 people. The Office is organized into three main areas of responsibility: the Trial Division, the Investigation Division, and the Appeals Bureau.

Guggenheim Internship Description

The Guggenheim interns will gain first-hand exposure to the criminal justice system and local law enforcement in the borough of Manhattan. Students work closely with assistant district attorneys and other staff who are investigating and prosecuting criminal cases, providing support to crime victims, and analyzing pending legislation, among other tasks. 
Internship assignments will be based upon the student's interests, skills, and the needs of the office. Depending on the assignment, students may assist in investigations, hearings and trials; prepare, compile and analyze legal and non-legal documents and financial data; perform research, observe witness interviews, participate in community outreach programs and attend trials. 
The program also includes a variety of educational programs and activities, including a weekly Lecture Series, Brown Bag Lunch Discussions, a Mock Appellate Argument exercise, and a visit to the New York City Police Department’s Tactical Training Facility.

Intern Qualifications

Participation in the summer college program precludes participation in the summer law program should you plan on attending law school. Applicants should have a solid academic record, but we consider academic performance to be only one indicator of an applicant’s potential. Equally important are the qualities of personal character, integrity, judgement, and maturity. Prior leadership experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service and the community are valued qualities. We encourage students to have taken at least one criminal law-related class. U.S. citizenship is not required for internship placement.

Background check and fingerprinting are required.

Expected start time: 9:00 am

Expected end time: 5:00 pm

Required Dates: This internship must end by 08/09/2013

Internship Length: 8-10 weeks

Additional Information: This program includes a variety of educational programs and activities, including  a weekly lecture series from 5-7pm.


New York County District Attorney's Office Internship Application