Internships with the Division of Criminal Justice
The Division of Criminal Justice offers an internship program to acquaint law students with Connecticut’s criminal justice system, in particular the role of the prosecutor. The internship program is an important component of the Division of Criminal Justice Affirmative Action initiative and outreach to the community.
An intern may be placed in a Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in Rocky Hill or in any of the approximately fifty Division of Criminal Justice offices around the state -- preferably close to the student’s residence. Subject to interest and availability, intern field trips may be scheduled to the Connecticut State Police Forensic Laboratory, a correctional facility, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Basic Requirements for an Internship:
- The applicant must have completed one full year at an American Bar Association-accredited law school and must be in good standing academically.
- All students applying for an internship are subject to a background check.
- A summer intern must commit to a minimum of three days a week for six weeks.
- Students who are doing a for-credit internship during the academic year must comply with their law schools’ requirements for academic credit and be supervised by a law professor and a prosecutor.
- Interns must maintain strict confidentiality about the contents of the prosecutors’ files and about cases they hear discussed in the prosecutors’ offices.
- Interns at all times must dress appropriately, act professionally and show respect for crime victims, witnesses, court personnel, office staff, defendants and their attorneys.
- Students who wish to appear in court must meet the requirements of Practice Book Section 3-14, et. seq. (Follow this link to read the applicable Practice Book sections - PDF File - Size 36KB - Adobe Acrobat Reader Required. The free Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from www.adobe.com)
An Intern's Duties
Depending on a student’s aptitude, level of legal education, and designated office, and in compliance with Connecticut Practice Book Rules, the following experiences are available under the supervision of a prosecutor: calling the docket, handling arraignments, preparing and arguing bond motions, performing legal research, writing memos, attending pre-trial conferences and plea negotiations, assisting at jury selection, meeting with witnesses and victims.
How To Apply
- Follow this link to download the Intern/Volunteer Application Form (PDF Format - Size 64KB - Adobe Acrobat Reader Required. The free Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from www.adobe.com)
Interested law students must submit an application, a letter of interest including the subject area of the law or geographical location where they prefer to serve along with a resume and their most recent academic transcript by email to DCJ.email@example.com or by U.S. Mail to:
Office of the Chief State's Attorney
Attn: Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunities
300 Corporate Place
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
The deadline for applications for Summer 2023 internships is April 3, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting the week of February 20, 2023.
For More Information
Follow this link for more information about the programs and services of the Division of Criminal Justice.
Follow this link for a listing of State's Attorney's Offices throughout the State of Connecticut.
Inquires or specific questions about the internship program may be submitted by following this link.