High School Internship Program

Program Overview

The Manhattan District Attorney’s High School Internship Program is a rigorous internship that provides students with an insider’s view of the criminal justice system. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in workshops and discussions surrounding criminal justice, police brutality, civic engagement, leadership, and more. Each participant will be paired with a staff member within the Office who will provide guidance and support.

Program participants will take part in a series of presentations and conversations with staff and external community partners in order to build a foundational understanding of how policies are developed & implemented; and how academic and career paths can lead you to move justice forward.

For nearly 30 years, the program’s interns have represented a variety of public, independent, and parochial schools from the diverse communities of Manhattan. We will be accepting applications in February from bright and promising students who are interested in serving their communities


  • Applicants must live in or attend school in Manhattan (no exceptions)
  • Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time they apply (current freshmen may not apply)
  • Applicants must commit to attending one of the two available 4-week internship programs
    • Virtual Session 1: July 6-30, 2021
    • Virtual Session 2: August 2-27, 2021
  • Interns will participate virtually Monday – Thursday with optional sessions on Friday

Application Requirements

The application opens February 12, 2021. The deadline HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO March 19, 2021, at 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants must attach the following:

  • One-page resume
  • 300-word essay discussing one of the following: 
    • why you want to intern at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office or
    • describing your interest in criminal justice (for example, you may submit an essay discussing what “moving justice forward” means to you or how you would “move justice forward”)

Please submit your application here: Apply here

Please email us with question here: highschoolinternship@dany.nyc.gov