Interning at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office was by far my most valuable law school experience. I started as a full-time intern during my second summer. Within a week, I knew my calling was to be a prosecutor. I saw how all the attorneys were so dedicated to serving justice. It was clear to me that every one of them loved their job.
At the end of summer, it was an easy choice for me to stay on as a part-time intern throughout my final year of law school. After studying for and taking the bar exam, I came back as a post-bar intern. After passing the bar exam, I volunteered for a few months as a deputy district attorney.
While an internship at any DA’s office is helpful if you want to be a prosecutor, the Yolo County DA’s Office is a cut above the rest. I don’t know of any other DA’s office that goes out of its way to make the interns feel so welcome and appreciated.
All the attorneys at the Yolo County DA’s Office were very approachable. I must have asked a million questions, many of which I’m sure were stupid. However, no one was ever condescending or dismissive. Attorneys were always willing to make time to supervise me whenever I had a court appearance. My fellow interns and I were invited to every training session.
There were also all the little things that assured me my work was being appreciated. I remember getting birthday cards signed by the DA himself. I remember “intern appreciation” days where the office threw the interns a party during the lunch break. I remember gift cards at Christmas time.
I firmly believe you can tell the quality of an office environment by how the interns are treated. There are offices that will use interns like workhorses then send them on their way. Not so in Yolo. While the work was abundant and often difficult, I know I got more from the Yolo County DA’s Office than I gave. If not for my experience there, I would not be a prosecutor today.