Monday, April 25, 2022

Preparing for Summer Internships

Law school is completely different from undergrad in so many ways. One of the differences is the ongoing academic responsibilities but another is the prioritization of gaining hands-on experience. In undergrad, I think I had an internship class where we received guidance on how to obtain, prepare, and maintain an internship. The requirement was that we complete 90 hours at our internship. As a 1L I have had to juggle readings, studying, and outlining while also figuring out what I will be doing this summer. I participated in OCI and Public Interest Career Day which was an interesting experience. I had about nine interviews in total and each one was 20 minutes long. Fortunately, three of the interviews took place throughout one week, but Public Interest Career Day took place on a single Saturday. That means I had six interviews in one day. Through interviewing, I learned most summer internships are ten weeks long, full-time. Some positions are paid and some are unpaid, but I am just excited to work this summer either way. It just so happened that I also had to be working on my third graded assignment for Legal Research and Writing. At this point, we’ve all turned it in but it is unbelievable how fast time passes in law school. Needless to say, I was very stressed. Every interviewer I had was very friendly and welcoming so most interviews felt like normal conversations. It was an enriching experience because it’s almost as if you get to practice and apply your interviewing skills over and over again. I have received job offers from some of the places I interviewed for, but it is very difficult to make a decision. Each place has so much to offer! All that being said, I am very much looking forward to the summer.