The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office has internship opportunities for students seeking experience in and exposure to the criminal justice system. The office welcomes students looking to earn collegiate credit hours or to secure paid positions. Internship positions are available in each academic semester as well as through our summer intern programs.
Law students are welcome to apply to the Summer Law Fellowship program which aims to provide firsthand experience into the responsibilities of an Assistant District Attorney.
Please see below for the description of available opportunities and requisite deadlines.
In the event you are seeking a placement with the DA’s Office that is not described below, please contact the office at 315-798-5766.
Summer Legal Fellows
The Summer Legal Fellows Program seeks to treat legal interns as future Assistant District Attorneys. The program provides firsthand exposure to criminal prosecutions, including courtroom proceedings in County, City, and Local courts. Students will work closely with Assistant District Attorneys in the investigation, preparation, and prosecution of criminal cases in Oneida County.
The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office will petition for Practice Orders on behalf of accepted Summer Legal Fellows to allow law students to appear on the record in court proceedings under the guidance and supervision of an Assistant District Attorney. All efforts will be made for each Summer Legal Fellow to conduct violation bench trials and draft legal filings that may be used as future writing samples.
- Time Commitment: Summer Legal Fellows will be required to work at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks.
- Compensation: Summer Legal Fellows will be earn $25/hour.
Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the county civil service application portal using “Intern” for the position title and the “District Attorney’s Office” for the department. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample.
Applicants seeking summer internships must be received by April 15th. Offers will be extended by May 1st.
College students will work closely with Assistant District Attorneys and other staff who are investigation and prosecuting criminal cases including providing support to victims and witnesses, assisting with investigations, handling assignments related to the Traffic Resolution Unit, among other clerical tasks and responsibilities. College interns will be invited to observe courtroom proceedings and trials on a regular basis.
Semester Internships: All semester internships are for academic credit, and accordingly unpaid. Schedules must remain consistent throughout the semester in accordance with academic responsibilities for a minimum of 8 hours per week.
Summer Internships: Summer interns must commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks and a maximum total of 200 hours. Summer interns not earning college credit will be compensated at the minimum wage rate.
Application Process: Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining your interest in public service, resume and academic transcript. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications must be submitted via the county civil service application portal using “Intern” for the position title and the “District Attorney’s Office” for the department.
Applications will be reviewed as followed:
Summer Internship: Applications must be received by April 15th. Offers will be extended by May 1st.
Fall Academic Semester Internship (August-December): Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1st. Offers to be extended by June 15th.
Spring Academic Semester Internship (January-May): Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 1st. Offers to be extended by November 15th.