Liberal Arts Career Services
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McLennan County District Attorney's Office

Summer 2019

Position: Criminal District Attorney's Office Internship
Student: History Junior

This summer I was given the opportunity to intern at the McLennan District Attorney’s office.  The internship site is in Waco, Tx at the McLennan County courthouse. The internship is designed to allow undergraduate students interested in public policy or law by witnessing court procedures, case screening, trial proceeding and help students build connections with judges, legal assistants and prosecuting attorneys for potential future endeavors. The internship is also open for current law school students. Students are placed in one of three departments being felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile and help prosecutors assess cases.

During my time at the Waco District Attorney’s office I was placed in the misdemeanor department. I would be given cases that were needed to be “screened” or analyzed and highlighted to get out important facts out of the case such as, who, what, when, where, and why. Screening case files is an important part of dealing with particular cases because after screening a case file the prosecutor can determine a reasonable punishment to give the defendant. I would not only highlight case files, but I would watch videos from the police officers body cam, or car camera. This is important because this footage is a form of evidence that can be offered to the judge or used to help the prosecutor see actual footage of the crime scene itself.

At times I would Translate the case files from Spanish to English for special cases where the defendant was primarily a Spanish speaker. As an intern, it was my responsibility to be professional, reliable, and able to abide by all the rules dealing with confidentiality and criminal cases. I was able to build professional relationships with many lawyers and this internship gave me the opportunity to collaborate with prosecutors and other interns interested in pursuing public policy or law. Overall, this internship was very enlightening, and really allows students to get incredible hands on experience and develop new knowledge and skills.

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