Anyone have any insight into what some of the more prestigious Gov internships are? I am interested in white collar crime and trying to target potential agencies for a summer position. I know the USAO SDNY is rather coveted, but not sure what else there is or what the hieracrhy is (in NY region). Sorry so broad, but just starting out. Any help is greatly appreciated.
It's difficult to organize them all by prestige. Really, you should just find one that's best for you. USAO SDNY might be prestigious---I have no idea if it really is for interns
rather than attorneys. However, many USAO interns probably don't work on white collar crime. Those cases are rare, complex, and often require years of investigation and preparation.
But anyway, according to the DOJ website, SDNY doesn't regularly take interns. Maybe they make exceptions for people with connections, though. I dunno.
EDNY hires interns, so you might want to check that out.
In NYC, I don't think you're going to find too many other federal criminal opportunities. IRS has a CC office in NYC. They do mostly civil work (practice in front of the Tax Court), and criminal cases go to the DOJ Tax Division in DC. But you might get to work on pre-indictment criminal cases. You'd have to check with them to be sure, though.
Working for a U.S. district judge in NYC would be a good option; same for NY Court of Appeals. Also, check with the local DA offices if you want to do criminal work.
There is the DOJ, but that ship has sailed if you have not already applied.
The ship has sailed for SLIP positions, but volunteer positions are still available.http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/int/legalinternjq.htm