Category Archives: Law

Legal Intern – Shook Lin & Bok

Legal Internship, A2!

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

The main purpose of my role as an attachee on the attachment programme was to gain an insight into life as a lawyer in commercial law. I was attached under a partner in the Banking Litigation department at the firm. This meant that my main roles and responsibilities were to help aid the partner in any research, ranging from simple basic internet research to researching complex legal issues which had never been done before. The role also involved compiling documents, help to organise cases and above all, constantly working towards a tight deadline.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

Overall, I felt I was able to put my legal knowledge, and legal skills to good use and apply it to the real working environment.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I benefitted the company by helping to ease the work load at the firm. The nature of work in a successful commercial law firm is that work is never ending, there are always new clients, returning clients, new legal issues and new things to learn every day.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

I found the internship very demanding on my time and energy  but I learnt that hard work pays off and this experience has removed any doubts and helped me gain an insight into life as a lawyer in the city.

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Project Management Assistant – River Church

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My main role was the organisation of meetings, drafting a project proposal in order to implement a new online teaching tool for the church. In addition, I highlighted areas of strengths and weaknesses in our planning. I also assisted with recruiting volunteers to participate in the programme.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

My biggest achievement was enhancing my network base. I have met many people from diverse professional backgrounds and I would not have been able to meet and interact with the members of the church if I did not apply for this project.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to complete the implementation of Stage 1 of the online learning academy. It however, has been determined that more funding is required and the employer is in the midst of trying to obtain funding from other sources.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

It was difficult trying to make a schedule which everyone could attend meetings. I always suggested alternative ways of participating in the meetings, i.e. Skype or teleconference.

International Students UK Employment Assistant – Career Zone, University of Exeter

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

  • Developing the University webpage for international students
  • Interviewing students for current vacancies
  • One-to-one appointments
  • Promoting the ‘Student Employee of the Year’ award by inquiring about students’ employment, persuading employers to nominate, informing students of the results.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I overcame my fear of speaking in English, and lack of confidence in this country.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My post was newly-created, and now the Career Zone can provide specific advice to international students which was lacking before.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

It was quite hectic at the beginning, but after some time I learnt my duties and settled in to the job.

Digital Strategist – Transition Tradition Limited

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

The project areas I worked in include: reviewing the market, reviewing the company’s position in it, general research, document drafting, stakeholder liaison, project management, funding review, and social media set-up and research.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I learned how to effectively manage my time independently.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I feel I made a real contribution to the aims and objectives of the Beyond Project, as well as instigating a number of practical tasks, like the creation of a social media marketing strategy.

“Saxon has been an absolute delight to work with, she is bright, personable and positive. Her contribution to the project has been impressive – in a few short months she has familiarised herself with the business and found meaningful ways to contribute. Saxon has carried out research, produced draft documents, liaised with stakeholders and solved problems quickly. She has been a key member of the team and were she not continuing her studies in September we would be seeking to recruit her on a full-time basis.” –  Line Manager, Transition Tradition Ltd

Legal Intern – Clifford Chance

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My main roles during the internship were researching key terms or case precedents for associates, translating legal documents (which played a major role in my responsibilities), proofreading, preparing presentations, red-lining and doing business development research. Doing a business research was the one project that I was involved in during the whole course of my internship there, it meant that I had to research possible clients in Latin-America, but primarily focused in Brazilian clients in the beverages and food industry. My role was solely researching on that task.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I would say that my biggest achievement was overcoming the fear of working in a city law firm, being able to set that fear aside and expose myself in terms of networking, going out after work, allowing myself to risk making mistakes in order to get harder tasks, being able to start to understand commercial law terms, which was something that I had had no contact with before.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Seeing that it was a smaller office with fewer people, I had contact with Senior Associates and at times had to do work that was junior trainee level, which was an amazing opportunity and in a way it profited them since I was doing a trainee’s job for free. I also did simpler tasks, which meant that people being paid could focus on the main jobs, saving them profitable time. Plus, I was able to complete successfully most of the tasks I was given.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

The main problems I faced was when an associate would give me a harder task and would not be aware of the fact that I had no previous experience. Since I did not want to decline any work and wanted to make a good impression on the firm, I accepted every single piece of work handed to me. Which at times meant that I had no idea where to start. Fortunately, the office has a team of amazing approachable people who at times I sought help from, or turned to their online training, their data base or even google or academic articles, and was able to perform the majority of the tasks, even if that meant spending extra time at the office.