From Courthouse Trials to a Career Ambition

January 27 2017
Category: Academics

Our #SoaringToSuccess series continues this week with Ashley Ogozaly ’17. This psychology major and criminal justice minor interned with a nearby district attorney’s office. Her experience helping with legal briefs and trials fueled her ambition to one day work with the federal government.

Let’s head to the courthouse and get the full scoop from Ashley…

This past summer I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern at the Chief District Attorney’s Office of Broome County. As an intern, I completed clerical work such as filing and taking phone calls for the Chief DA. However, I also had the opportunity to do some hands-on work with court cases.

Most of the work I completed was confidential, but one of the tasks I was given was to read through court cases and brief myself on them. I then had to call the courthouses and ask for the status of the court case, find out the date the defendant plead guilty and what date they were sentenced.

From this internship, I learned about the complexities of the court system, what goes on behind the scenes and all of the hard work that goes into a trial. I have watched quite a few episodes of “Law and Order,” but I had no idea the amount of work that has to be done for a trial to be held! I also learned about all the legal and paper work that is involved when preparing for a trial.

This internship has helped get my foot in the door working for the local government in hopes of someday landing a future job with the federal government. My dream job would be to work with the FBI. I feel like the experience I have gained from this internship has put me on the right track to achieve that.