As we bid farewell to the summer period and prepare for the soon approaching academic year, I thought it would be helpful and informative to reflect upon my internship experience at a law firm this past summer. I started the internship last month and have learned and developed a great range of skills during the time; this has been one of the most valuable interning periods I’ve experienced. In light of this, I wanted to draft this article to explain the process of starting the internship as well as the top tips I wish I knew before starting the process. Hopefully, this article will be useful for those of you interested in interning next year and as always if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Before I had begun the internship I was working part-time at a Kid’s Playpark as a Storyteller while also formulating weekly video diaries for the University, despite this, I still felt like I had a great degree of time unoccupied. Thus, I embarked on the process of searching up online internships: like many of you, I signed up for Bright Network and attended a range of supportive webinars, while this was undoubtedly helpful, I still yearned for a working environment learning ground. I then remembered that last summer I intended at a law firm; an experience that I found greatly constructive, so I decided to reach out to another local law firm. I sent in my resume to the Human Resources department of this firm and explained my educating status as well as intentions to learn from the firm. I was then called in for an interview where I was fortunate to have met a Senior Partner who welcomed me to the firm and asked me a range of job-related questions. The following week I received a call informing me that I was accepted to start a traineeship effective at my earliest convenience.
As a student in the Politics and International Studies Department, I have always been interested in the prospect of completing a law conversion degree post my bachelor’s degree. Accordingly, I knew interning at law firms would certainly aid my comprehension of what career path was most attractive to me personally. Without going into too many specifics, the internship has authorized the flourishing of my research and writing skills, as well as establishing a degree of professionalism that I am aware of is crucial for the working climate. Naturally, I would recommend that all students who are indecisive about their future career choices also seek to undergo a series of internships to help you understand what type of work personally suits you.
I will now briefly address some tips that I believe are highly helpful for you during an internship period. Firstly, I would recommend that you utilize the week before your internship period to accommodate for the changes that you will be endorsing during your training period: from the simple act of practicing waking up earlier to the more research-based acts of studying about your place of internship and the types of works you will be carrying out. Secondly, I would also suggest that regardless of what type of tasks you are assigned to at work, you should attempt to complete them with the most passion you can draw up – this is because, while you may view the task as a chore, it could be an opportunity in disguise: an opportunity for you to learn about about the work of the firm and the professional structure of work. I would also like to recommend that you employ your free time to do something useful such as reading and planning as I am aware that students interning are often granted a great deal of free time.