The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office offers the opportunity for law school and undergraduate college students to participate in unpaid internship and externship programs. Interns are assigned to bureaus within the office where they are teamed with assistant district attorneys to assist in areas such as legal research and writing, trial preparation, witness interviews, court calendar control and evidence organization. The following programs are available:
Law School Externship clinics – Both Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and Hofstra Law School offer criminal externship clinics for school credit wherein a limited number of students are assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office as Law Assistants under a student practice order that allows law school externs to perform the duties of a Junior Assistant District Attorney in the District Court Bureau. Law Assistants prosecute misdemeanor and lower level cases. Students in other law schools that offer criminal law practicum externship programs may apply for a position as a Law Assistant. Acceptance of these students into the program will be on a case by case basis. Law students must follow the school’s application process for this program. The District Attorney’s Office does not participate in the selection process for either school’s externship program. Students accepted into the program by the school are allowed to participate in the program only after the successful completion of a background check by the District Attorney’s Office. Participation as a Law Assistant allows a third year student interested in applying for a position as an Assistant District Attorney to bypass the first round interview process with an invitation to a second round interview subject to the student’s performance as a Law Assistant.
2. Summer Internship program - The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office offers unpaid internship opportunities to law school students during the summer. A limited number of unpaid internships are also available to undergraduate college students. Students are advised that requests for internships far exceed the number of intern positions available. Summer interns are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week and, as internships are unpaid, workday schedules are flexible to allow for students to have paid employment as needed during the summer break. Summer internship requests sent to the office prior to March 1st will not be considered.
3. Fall/Spring semester internships - The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office offers a limited number of unpaid internship and school externship opportunities to law school students during the fall and spring school semesters. Requests for internships that are required for course credit must be made as early as possible to ensure that any hours worked requirements by the school’s program to earn school credit can be met.
Any paperwork or forms for an internship that involves a stipend or any other form of payment by the school or any other source must be submitted by the school, along with all similar applications from the same school, at the earliest possible date. Failure to follow this procedure may result in a denial of a request for an internship.
To apply for an internship, send your resume and cover letter by mail to: Mr. Edward G. Heilig, Division Chief, William J. Lindsay County Complex, Building 77, Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788 or send the cover letter and resume addressed to Mr. Heilig via e-mail to Susan.Ragone@suffolkcountyny.gov.