Internship Spotlight: Department of Justice

Current student Ashley Jones-Flores shared the following about being an Intern at The Bronx Defenders…

How did you find this internship?
My friend’s father, who is a foreign service officer, sent her some open internship listings in DC. Knowing my passion for human rights, my friend shared the application link with me.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?
One of the most exhilarating aspects of my internship was establishing connections with the staff at Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section (where I worked). Engaging with them provided deep insights into their unique journeys leading them to the Department of Justice. It was truly inspiring to hear their motivations and reasons for choosing this line of work.

What did you find challenging?
The most challenging aspect of my summer experience was coming to terms with the intricacies of being a first-generation law student. The legal profession, with its established norms and unwritten expectations, often presents a maze of barriers. For first-generation students like myself, navigating these challenges can be particularly daunting.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
Make an effort to reach out to those in your office and people connected to your field. Those connections are vital for building and understanding your career.

About the Organization

The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators and other international criminals. More info at


By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director