DA’s office seeks local high-schoolers for paid summer internships

This just in-ternship: High-school students can now apply to intern with District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office this summer.
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Aspiring legal eagles who live or attend high school in Kings County can now apply to intern at the district attorney’s office this summer, where they will gain valuable experience within the local legal system that will help them in their future careers, the borough’s top prosecutor said.

“Our goal every year is to provide the students with an understanding of how the system operates, and how my office works to keep Brooklyn safe and strengthen community trust,” said Eric Gonzalez. “This competitive internship is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in a busy prosecutor’s office, where they will learn how a commitment to fairness and equal justice is integrated into our practice.”

Supervisors will assign students chosen for the five-week, paid internship — which runs from July 8 through Aug. 9 at Gonzalez’s Downtown office — to one of the agency’s specialized units. The apprentices will help prosecutors prepare for trials, conduct legal research and analysis, and observe criminal proceedings, among other opportunities, according to reps for Gonzalez, who said at least 20 interns will be hired for the program.

Interns will receive both a $150 stipend and a MetroCard each week, and are expected to work Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm, and on Fridays from 9 am to noon.

Current high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors can apply for the posts, and must submit application materials that include a recent school transcript, a one-page resume, and a 300-word essay on why they want the internship and what impact it will have on their future career goals.

Essays must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point font, and hopefuls can submit their applications online at through March 25.

Additionally, applicants should ask a teacher or mentor to write them a letter of recommendation, which applicants should attach to an e-mail and send to, with “recommenda­tion letter” and the applicant’s first and last name in the subject line, no later than March 25.

Prospective interns or recommendation-letter writers with questions about the application process can contact the office’s high-school internship and youth initiatives program coordinator at (718) 250–4873.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 6:15 pm, March 12, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Laura from Brooklyn Heights says:
So by paid, he means under the minimum wage? Maybe the "legal eagles" will be able to deduce that this is a very bad deal - less than anyone else could legally pay them....
Feb. 19, 2019, 8:57 am
Laura from Brooklyn Heights says:
$4.83 an hour if anyone is curious. Do the math.
Feb. 19, 2019, 8:58 am
College Grad says:
Nothing for college grads. Economy under obama a joke. Now under trump low paid. Please don't enter the legal field. Too much competition. Law schools are ripping off students with high debt they are stuck with forever. Many don't end up practicing law. Much legal work is being outsourced to India. Even staff is being cut, secretaries etc. Learn a trade. Don't be a sucker to the university system unless you are a top notch student. Even then be careful. College is no guarantee either.
Feb. 20, 2019, 12:18 am
Lawyer says:
Excuse me college grad - I have a law degree from one of the nation's most prestigeous online universities. By thinking alternatively I have been able to secure employment in a variety of fields including : fast food services, toilet sanitation and cleaning, night shift managerial duties at local bodegas and vape supply stores, and stand-by dog-walking substitute. It's just a matter of being creative and anyone can do it.
Feb. 20, 2019, 9:13 am
Clare from Sheepshead Bay says:
It's not about the $$. The salary pays for transportation and lunch. A great opportunity for a go getter...with hopes of doing something with their summer. I think this is great.
Feb. 21, 2019, 8:55 am
Lisbeth from eastern parkway says:
I wanna work this summer because I actually wanna have an opportunity to be responsible . Be able to work and earn my own money without asking for any , I wanna feel good about actually making money and working and knowing how it feels to be able to work . I am a respectful , sweet girl and I just wanna learn to be responsible and help out alittle bit .
Feb. 22, 2019, 11:37 pm
Cheap labor says:
Cheap labor.
Feb. 24, 2019, 12:56 am
Truth says:
Lisbeth - then get a damn job and stop sitting on your butt all damn day long just complaining!
Feb. 24, 2019, 10:42 am

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