Brooklyn DA Gonzalez and UFT Announce Paid Summer Internships for High School Students

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DA Gonzalez. Photo: Facebook 


Young students interested in learning more about different career prospects and responsibilities within the criminal justice system can gain valuable experience from a summer internship program announced today by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.


High school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in participating in the program are eligible to apply if they live in Brooklyn or if they attend school there. The five-week paid internship runs from July 9 to August 10, 2018.


“We are thrilled to once again open our doors to high school students eager to learn about the criminal justice system. This type of exposure can help a student shape their goals, and imagine themselves pursuing a career in law. This internship is a great opportunity to observe how all the parts of our criminal justice system work together,” Gonzalez said.


Mulgrew added: “The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office gives our high school students real world work experience and quality mentoring. We are pleased to partner with District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on this project.” 


Selected students will be assigned to one of the many specialized units within the DA’s office, while also getting an overview of the criminal justice system. They can expect to assist with legal research and analysis; assist prosecutors preparing for trial; work on discovery; file maintenance and organizing court documents; participate in trial zone workshops; participate in judicial, legal and law enforcement-related field trips; and observe criminal proceedings including trials, guilty pleas and sentencings.


Interns will receive a MetroCard to cover their transportation needs which are being provided by the United Federation of Teachers.


During the five-week paid internship participants will receive a $150 stipend per week in addition to the weekly MetroCard. Internship hours will be: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. Applicants are required to provide their most recent school transcript, a one-page resume, one letter of recommendation, and must submit a 300-word typed essay --12 pt. font and double-spaced-- on why they are interested in interning with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and what impact they think it will have on their future career goals and aspirations. 


To apply, please visit:  beginning today, March 12, 2018, to upload transcript, essay and resume. 


Only the recommendation letter should be emailed as an attachment to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office at, with the subject line: Recommendation Letter (Applicant’s First and Last Name). All application materials must be received no later than Friday, April 27, 2018. For questions or assistance, please contact the High School Internship and Youth Initiatives Program Coordinator at (718) 250-4873.






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