The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the nation, handling more than 75,000 criminal cases every year. This summer, Jake Shapiro ’17 interned in the office’s south division, working alongside more than 300 attorneys, as well as police officers, parole officers and witnesses.
Shapiro, a sociology major and international relations minor, says it was “rewarding to see the work that I did in the office was utilized and helped promote justice.”
At the office, he read case files and police reports and wrote sentencing and parole memos that were presented to judges before final rulings. His coursework at HWS, he explains, prepared him to think critically about patterns of human behavior, as well as “sort through the hundreds of pages in each case file while paying attention to the most important details.”
“My liberal arts education has broadened my thought process and helped me to quickly adapt to the tasks I need to complete,” he adds.
A member of the Statesmen lacrosse team, he also sees a significant connection between succeeding as a student athlete and succeeding at an internship experience. His years on the lacrosse team were “vitally important to developing my work ethic and teamwork skills and helped me integrate myself well into the office.”
As he prepares to take the LSAT and fills out law school applications, Shapiro notes that perhaps the most satisfying outcome of the internship was seeing the justice system in motion and identifying career pathways that interest him.