Dean, a junior at the Dublin School, Cambridge, is looking ahead to law school after college. He attended Harvard Summer School the previous summer, taking a course in law. We established a prestigious placement that related to both government and law. Dean interned directly under an attorney who is the Director of the Civil Rights Division of the Executive Office in MA.
Dean wrote about his experience in his college essay,
“I was soon given an office and put to work on a proposal relating to a disparity study. I learned about the infrastructure and complexities concerning civil rights. I was able to attend meetings and analyze different legal cases. Not only did I gain knowledge in civil rights and law, but I learned how to cope with different individuals and make valuable connections in a work environment.”
The Director wrote a marvelous recommendation.
“Dean worked extensively on a team project that required him to review and understand significant legal tenants from many jurisdictions and collaboratively draft a request for proposal- all as a high school junior. He is a thoughtful, deliberate and inquisitive individual. He deserves a chance to perform at an institution of stature and academic rigor. I recommend him highly and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Katie participates in Mock Trial and Model U.N. as a junior at Thayer Academy. Because she spends summers in Falmouth with her family, the Internship Connection contacted lawyers on Cape Cod. Katie interned two days per week in a civil law office and was able to utilize her organizational and computer skills as she performed paralegal work on a wide variety of projects.
In her journal, she wrote that one of the most challenging aspects of her work was overcoming initial nervousness when speaking on the telephone, requesting medical records for clients. “By the last phone call, I wasn’t nervous anymore, even when I was asked questions I didn’t expect. My mentor said it would be a good learning experience, and it was. Thank you for this opportunity. I know that not a lot of kids in high school can intern, so I appreciate the opportunity. I learned a lot and worked hard and would definitely do it again.”
On Katie’s last day, her mentor took her out for lunch and gave her a gift certificate to Border’s.
Jung, also known as Paul, is from British Columbia. A junior at Phillips Academy, he was interested in government and law. We connected him to a wonderful State Representative in the MA State House, and arranged summer housing on Beacon Hill.
In his own words:
“Dr. Jabbawy helped me create a resume, prepped me for my interview and matched my interest in law to an internship at the Mass State House. In addition, she also helped me find comfortable and close housing on Beacon Hill, only 5 minutes away.
At work, I took phone calls from constituents, wrote letters, attended hearings on the laws which the legislature would be voting on, and went to seminars involving Representatives, Senators, sometimes Governors – past and present – and other influential people related to government. I also volunteered to be the student host for a seminar featuring John Regan, who is the Vice President of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). My part was to introduce the guest speaker by reading his biography. I enjoyed the opportunity to address the fifty interns who had gathered to listen to the speaker. Without a doubt, I felt very nervous but it was a great chance for me to not only practice my public speaking but also become better acquainted with the speaker.
Getting to meet and work with these people who were very much currently involved in the political process was such an exciting task for me and much more than I hoped for as an intern. The best part of my internship was the people: my boss, my fellow intern and all the other people that I met ‘on the job’. They were all amazing, not only to work with but to “hang out” with as well. I definitely know that my experience at the State House has allowed me to form personal connections that will remain as I continue my career – my boss and I still keep touch, and he encourages me to come back to work at the State House again next summer!
During my last week, Dr. Jabbawy also arranged a visit to Goodwin Procter, a large Boston law firm where I met with a corporate attorney in the technology group who described his business practice. This was interesting as my intended career path in law matched up with the corporate attorney’s at Goodwin Procter. This was an opportunity for me to get a close-up view of the law firm (which was huge!) and some of the things that went on in the firm itself.”
Kim, a junior at Milton Academy, was particularly interested in trial law, especially after her experiences on the debate and speech teams at Milton. She enjoyed creating and disputing arguments in competitions and wanted to see first hand if a career in litigation would appeal to her.
We matched Kim to a busy District Courthouse where she worked closely with the Chief Probation Officer and staff. She learned about all aspects of the courts daily activities as well as interacting with the public. Kim was able to see first-hand how lawyers try a case and how the jury system works.
Jake participated in the Pre-Law Society at Muhlenberg College and felt that an action-based, practical experience would suit him better than a “desk job.” We matched him to a trial lawyer who is very involved in politics, government and community service. The attorney told me that he himself had benefited from a mentor years ago when he was in law school and would be happy to mentor a student interested in law.
Jake was able to observe and learn from his mentor during trials at several courthouses during the summer. Through hands on learning, he was exposed to criminal and civil litigation, the proceedings of several cases and the enthusiasm of a wonderful mentor.
Discovering a true career interest often takes a circuitous path. Michael is currently a Tech/VC attorney representing emerging companies and venture capital investors at Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. However, in high school, Michael thought he would be interested in medicine, so we matched him to a medical internship where he had the opportunity to work in a hospital and observe 2 surgical procedures. To Michael’s surprise, he realized the hospital environment was not for him.
Michael wrote, “Through this experience, I realized that working in a hospital environment, while fascinating, wasn’t for me. Because it gave me such early exposure, I was able to eliminate it as a career interest before investing time and money in a college major as well as medical school.” Following this experience, Michael’s college internships took an interesting turn.
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Raphael in Clerk of Court’s Office
As a sophomore at Brookline High, Raphael told us that his interests included helping people and soccer. Like many high school students we meet, they often dream about sports-related internships. Yet, in our discussions with him, Raphael also mentioned that he might be interested in law.
We felt that a law-related internship would help him gain exposure to a career field at an early age. Rather than placing him in a law office where his role would most likely consist of filing, we placed him at a very busy courthouse where he interned for the Clerk of Courts. Raphael answered phones, delivered legal documents and assisted the clerk with various duties.
Most importantly, he was able to sit down with judges, the district attorney as well as defense attorneys, who briefed him on their roles in the judiciary system. He told us that the most exciting aspect of his internship was observing ongoing civil and criminal cases in the courtroom.
Raphael found his experience inspirational and is hoping to pursue his interest in law in the future.