Contact: Jennifer Putney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2021
Prosecutor’s Internship Program Provides Learning Opportunities And Helps Professional Staff
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI -- When Peter J. Lucido was elected Macomb County Prosecutor, he knew one of his top priorities was bringing a robust internship program to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Together with Intern Coordinator Dominic LaRosa, and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Ange, Prosecutor Lucido established an intern program geared toward providing a real-world law office experience for both undergraduate and law students. Reaching out directly to colleges, universities and law schools, as well as posting on the office website and social media platforms, Prosecutor Lucido sought highly qualified students to spend their summer months interning in the Prosecutor's Office.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has somewhat limited Court attendance by interns, many have watched and even participated in court exams and hearings via internet video communications. Law student interns have written motions, researched issues, and served as second chairs to Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys. Undergraduate interns have learned database and file management, assisted in creating publications for the office, produced web-based applications, and helped with outreach projects.
“Having interned in the Oakland County Probation Department, and the Wayne County Public Defender’s Office, I know firsthand the positive impact a meaningful internship can have on a student's education,” stated Prosecutor Lucido. “I gained a greater understanding of the law and participated in invaluable experiences that led me to my ultimate career path.” Prosecutor Lucido hopes to help the interns in the Prosecutor’s Office find that same direction.
Currently, the office has 36 interns, predominately from communities in Macomb County. Approximately one-third of the students earn school credit. Most internships run 8-12 weeks, with interns working a minimum of 15 hours a week. "These talented, bright students learn about the law and public service while performing substantive tasks that benefit our professional staff members," said Lucido. "This is a true win-win opportunity. I am very proud of these impressive local students."
If you or someone you know is interesting in an internship with the Prosecutor’s Office, please visit: https://prosecutor.macombgov.org/Prosecutor-InternshipOpportunity.