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Legal intern sees how justice system works
Internship duties? I transcribed oral interviews, researched cases to locate any discrepancies to inform attorneys, observe at client interviews and court hearings, meet and worked with different attorneys on cases including felonies, misdemeanors, and cases with children.
Best thing about internship? Going to court and seeing how the system works, learning about judges’ protocol, and the opportunity to experience several areas of the justice system. Also, seeing the humanity in people has been an extra benefit. I enjoy working with people and youth in juvenile hall.
How I found my internship? I received an email from the HSU Career Center about an experience with a Senator’s local office. I actually landed that internship, worked for one week, and my supervisor left, and they let me go. I then contacted my career counselor to determine if there was something else available. When I applied for the Conflict Counsel, my career counselor helped me with my resume, cover letter, and prepared me for the interview and that made it much easier to focus and answer the questions appropriately.
Internship search advice for other students? Remember that unpaid experience is just as important as paid experience. You can learn the same skills and gain the same knowledge. Keep looking and persevere. Look what happened to me. I got an internship, worked for one week, and was laid off. So I started searching and found another one. When one door closes, another one opens.