Anonymous User wrote:I have an upcoming interview for an internship during the next semester for the local U.S. Attorney's Office, and I would love input on what the interview will be like.
-I have a firm job lined up for my 2L summer (internship is for during the semester as a 3L), will this be a negative that I need to address? (Firm does not do white-collar crime. I will be doing business litigation.)
Anonymous User wrote:-Is it naive to say that I would love to be an AUSA later in my life after working at a firm for a few years?
no, that is quite common
Anonymous User wrote:-If I have a potential interest in academia down the road, is that something that can be mentioned or should that not be talked about?
I would mention it. Personally know two professors and a dean who worked USAO before teaching.
Anonymous User wrote:-Does it matter that I have no strong preference between working with defendants as opposed to prosecuting them? (If anything, I might have slight defendant-friendly leanings.) Is that something I should admit too, or should I be much more "rah, rah, prosecution!"?
Don't mention it. If you do mention something, "rah, rah, prosecution" is better. But most of these people are probably pretty neutral, and feel both jobs are important.
Anonymous User wrote:-Any specific types of questions I should be ready for that do not come up in firm-type interviews? I am used to firm interviews by now, but don't know if this interview will be similar or not.
This is the one thing I can't tell you. My interview was exceedingly informal (because of special circumstances). They asked me what areas of law I was interested in, what I did well in, why I wanted to work there, etc. Pretty standard questions, but very informal atmosphere, so I really don't know if that is what to expect.