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Student Voice: JHU Student Reinforces Her Future Through Internship

Johns Hopkins University student Ramya Prabhakar served last summer as an undergraduate intern in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Prabhakar, a pre-law student with majors in international studies and political science, said this summer experience reinforced her career plans.

— This is Ramya’s story —

Fall 2017

Johns Hopkins University student Ramya Prabhakar served last summer as an undergraduate intern in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Prabhakar, a pre-law student with majors in international studies and political science, said this summer experience reinforced her career plans.

— This is Ramya’s story —

The USAO-SDNY is the nation's most storied federal prosecutor's office. Assistant U.S. attorneys, or AUSAs, prosecute federal statute violations in Manhattan, the Bronx, and other New York counties. As an intern, I spent every day humbled by the people with whom I worked. One AUSA delivered a fiery rebuttal to a federal jury, then offered me law school tips as we rode the elevator back up to the office. Another, a former international studies major, spoke with me over coffee about his experience working for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague.

I spent my time in the Terrorism and International Narcotics unit, working with paralegals and AUSAs to compile trial materials, transcribe witness interviews, and peruse sworn affidavits. I learned the basics of legal counterterrorism strategy and saw countless court proceedings. I attended brown-bag lectures with unit chiefs, AUSAs, federal judges, paralegals, undercover agents, and, of course, the U.S. attorney, Joon Kim.

They view their work as a calling: to serve the people, to pursue the truth, and to do the right thing.

This internship made me realize that being a lawyer is not solely about trial time, convictions, or wins. It's about serving your country by committing yourself to the pursuit of justice. I worked in an office full of passionate attorneys who understand and cherish the unique power of prosecutors to fight for what they believe in. They stand up in a courtroom not to defend any client who hires them, but to defend justice. They have integrity, honor, and humility. They are patriots.

I left with a renewed determination to one day join their ranks.

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