This program is designed to give undergraduate students exposure to the prosecutor’s role in the criminal justice system and for the Office to scout perspective employees. Students gain real world experience in criminal case prosecution, possibly for college credit. The program is intended to provide knowledge, skills, and experiences that an intern can apply to future challenges and professional pursuits, while giving back to the Frederick community.
Students are encouraged to give the office a minimum of 15 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters. If a student is performing the internship for academic credit, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate the institutional requirements to the Office. All internship positions are unpaid.
Depending on the assignment, students may assist in investigations, hearings and trials; prepare, compile and analyze case documents; perform research, observe witness interviews, participate in community outreach programs and attend trials.
While assisting the Victim/Witness Coordinator, the undergraduate college student will act as a liaison between victims/State’s witnesses and the prosecuting attorney. The intern is assigned a particular day in court and will assist the prosecutor in organizing the cases for that date, to include contacting the State’s victims and witnesses regarding their court appearance and answers any questions they may have.
Screening: Citizen complaints; reviewing the facts and evidence in the case; identify legal issues for referral to the prosecutor
Other tasks include:
- Assisting with interviewing victims and witnesses
- Preparing necessary motions and documents for court
- Redacting evidence for court
- Evidence review
- Listening to jail calls and documenting relevant portions
- Victim/Witness assistance
- Perform a variety of clerical tasks