Q: How competitive is the selection process?
A: The office actively recruits at law schools across the eastern seaboard. The office conducts on-campus interviews at six area law schools (Rutgers-Camden, Drexel, Widener-Delaware Law, Temple, Villanova, and Penn) and participates in a variety of career fairs.
Q: Does the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office accept interns during the academic year?
A: Yes. The office seeks legal interns for the summer and academic year intern programs.
Q: Can academic year interns serve for more than one semester?
A: Yes. We prefer academic year interns serve for a full academic year.
Q: Is this a paid internship?
A: These are unpaid internships. The office does participate in work study programs but does not provide any matching funds. Students are encouraged to explore outside funding, such as public interest grants.
Q: May interns receive course credit or work study?
A: Yes. Many law students intern with our office for course credit or for work study. Our office cannot provide matching funds, but we will work with each student and his or her respective law school.
Q: Do you accept law school graduates in your Legal Intern Program?
A: No. Our program is designed for law students attending an accredited law school.
Q: How are interns placed within the office?
A: Students are placed according to their interests and the needs of the office. Incoming interns are given the opportunity to express an interest in a particular area of criminal prosecution.
Q: Do Legal Interns rotate through the different units in the office?
A: We have learned that while rotating exposes the Legal Interns to many different units with the office, the rotation does not allow individual interns to develop a meaningful rapport with office personnel. Further, interns do not have time to develop a deep understanding or proficiency in doing the work of the Prosecutor’s Office. Instead, each Intern is assigned to one unit for the summer of for one semester. Academic year interns will rotate to a different unit each semester.
Q: Are there any other learning opportunities during the internship?
A: Legal interns in our Summer Legal Internship Program will go on guided tours of the Camden County Correctional Facility, the Camden County Hall of Justice, and Trenton State Prison. Additionally, interns will go on a daytime “ride along” with our Narcotics Detectives. They have the option to attend autopsies during the course of the internship.
Q: Will a Legal Internship improve my chances of obtaining full-time employment with the Prosecutor’s Office?
A: Due to the volume of work handled by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, we do not hire directly from the Legal Intern Program. Our office only interviews attorneys who have already passed the New Jersey Bar for full-time employment. However, individuals who have interned with our office have an advantage by making connections and having already shown our office his or her work ethic and ability. In addition, throughout the internship program, interns have the opportunity to meet Camden County Superior Court judges, which may help in their efforts to obtain a post-graduation judicial clerkship.
- The Legal Intern Program is open to second- and third-year law students with an interest in a career in criminal prosecution. Interviews for the Summer Legal Internship Program are conducted during the Fall semester (August) of the 2L year and the Spring semester (February) of the 1L year. Offers are made on a rolling basis.
- There is no residency requirement.
- Employment is subject to criminal background check. PLEASE NOTE: an offer of employment is contingent upon being cleared after a rigorous background check. Offers must be rescinded for those that are not cleared for employment.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
To apply for a Legal Internship, please email a cover letter and resume to Assistant Prosecutor Brian Scanlon and Assistant Prosecutor Maura Sullivan, Directors of the Legal Internship Program, at email@example.com.
To apply for an Investigative Internship, please email a cover letter and resume to Detective Matthew Woshnak, Coordinator of the Investigative Internship Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.