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Montgomery County State's Attorneys Office
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Erica Spitz

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Hometown: Gaithersburg, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I heard about this internship through a friend of mine who worked at the Montgomery County State's Attorneys Office two summers ago. Through his explanation of his experiences, I decided I should give it a shot. He informed me of who to contact so I reached out to the appropriate contact, scheduled an interview, and then was hired.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I have learned a vast amount since starting my internship here. I am heavily involved in a program called "Speak Up, Save a Life". The goal of the program is to inform students and families about the terrible opioid epidemic that is occurring. The main goal is the inform kids to follow the Good Samaritan Law if they are present when someone they know is overdosing on drugs. Speak Up, Save a Life wants students to know that if they call 911 in order to save their friends life, they will not be prosecuted or get in trouble for possession of drugs.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This has impacted me academically because it has helped me decide what type of graduate programs I want to continue after I complete my undergraduate degree. This experience has given me so much insight and knowledge of the legal system and has given me the drive to pursue a career in law and to attend law school in the future.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My major is Psychology so I will be finishing my major courses in May of 2019. However, once I am finished with my undergrad degree, I want to take a year off and work and study for the LSAT's and then attend law school. I believe that this experience has been beneficial and I have learned so much and been in contact with people who are able to help me, answer my questions, and provide support for my endeavors.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, I really would recommend this experience to anyone interested in law. I have been able to watch intense trials, listen to and transcribe body camera footage, assist in making a DUI statistics excel spreadsheet, and be a part of a group that is committed to making a difference to the community. The amount of knowledge I have learned through this experience is invaluable.

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