Jacob Schwartz ‘19 Summer Experience in the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney

By Jacob Schwartz
Monday, September 10 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my internship this summer.  I was part of large, highly organized program of close to 30 undergraduate interns and 50 law school interns, so I quickly made a lot of friends, not to mention befriending all of the paralegals and attorneys with whom I worked.

I was placed in the Rackets Bureau, which oversees long-term investigations into organized white collar crime. The work the bureau pursues ranges from wage theft by construction companies to mob activity in the towing industry to bribery involving government contracts.  The counterterrorism unit is also housed within this unit. , so I had the good fortune to handle several assignments for that division.

My day to day work is interesting, but not too challenging.  I essentially handled the responsibilities of a paralegal, going through evidence taken from subpoenas and search warrants to find information that would be useful in prosecutions.  The most valuable part of the internship, though, was the series of lectures and discussions the D.A.’s office organized for the students in the program. It was such a valuable experience that I can absolutely envision myself working there after completing law school!