At my internship at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office (RCDA), I wish to learn more about the daily work of an attorney, not just what is done at court or “on TV”. I especially want to learn more about the duties and responsibilities of a prosecutorial attorney. I will be working in the Crime Strategies Unit (CSU), so I am excited to also learn more about crime prevention strategies and the criminal justice field as a whole. My current career goal is to become a criminal prosecutor, at least for now. I am also considering doing investigative work for a prosecutor’s office in the future as a career alternative. This internship is perfect for my career goals as I will be able to get hands on experience of not just prosecutorial work as an attorney, but also the opportunity to explore the many other careers within a prosecutor’s office. I have always known I have wanted to work in a public service, especially in the criminal justice field. I have always had an interest in law, government, enforcement, and politics. That interest, along with the additional benefit of being able to help people are what made me want to go into this field. At my internship there are many things I plan on doing. I’ve only interned for one day while writing this post, but I was already able to attend a homicide trial that is currently taking place in Staten Island. On top of attending trials, I plan on doing hands-on investigative work with the Crime Strategies Unit. A personal plan of mine is to also get to know the investigators at the CSU and to really pick their brain on the criminal justice and investigative fields. The majority of investigators at the CSU are well established and respected members of the NYPD’s investigative bureaus, who have gone on to have a second career at the RCDA to continue service after their retirement. They are filled with not just knowledge, but also experience working in a field I have a deep passion to work in. Being able to pick their brains and ask questions, as well as getting to know them, is not an opportunity I am going to pass up on. I am super excited to continue the rest of my internship at the RCDA.