David Jaffe ’13
Major(s): Law & Policy
Internship Site: Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP - Philadelphia, PA
I started my search for a summer internship in February; in hindsight I should have started looking earlier. After I had a completed an updated version of my cover letter and resume, I scheduled an appointment with the Career Center to have them look over my resume and show me how to use helpful resources. I was able to eventually get a 13 week paid internship at one of the largest law firms in Philadelphia through my neighbor who is a senior partner at the firm.
The majority of my internship involved me doing legal research for lawyers and assisting the summer associates with whatever they needed. I drafted complaints, deposition transcripts, etc. My favorite case had to do with second impact syndrome and catastrophic sports injuries.
I have to say that there was no single class that prepared me for my internship; instead, my internship required me to take bits and pieces from all of my law and policy classes and put them together so that I could complete the tasks that I was given. The most helpful type of assignment that prepared me for my internship was the many group assignments that I was assigned throughout my past three years at Dickinson.
I meet with a lot of people who were helpful with my internship. Throughout the summer I was asked to complete a number of projects that I had no idea how to do. When this occurred I was able go to the other interns or summer associates for help and they were always more than willing to help. After a short time, I no longer needed their help but at first they was very helpful until I was able to get my feet planted.
Working with a lot of current law school students and students who are about to enter their first year at law school, I was able to gain a lot of knowledge about Law School admissions and LSAT testing strategies. I also worked with a number of attorneys who I can hopefully refer to later in my life to help me get a job out of law school.
Tips from David:
Use the college’s resources but also talk to your parents, your friend’s parents and your neighbors. Don’t worry about finding an internship that pays because the experience is more important. Also, don’t stress out, in the end you will find something.
*To find out more about how to get an internship, make an appointment with a career counselor. Just call the Career Center at 717-245-1740 or stop by Biddle House.