We’ve already heard from 31 law firms and offices who have committed to hiring 45 Boston public high school students. We know every firm in Greater Boston wants to show their commitment to Boston youth by offering them a paid internship, but some of our midsize and smaller firms aren’t sure if they have enough work for the students to fill an eight week internship. Our Summer Jobs students are of the highest quality, selected from a competitive application and interview process by our friends at the Private Industry Council. We’ve compiled a few ways students can make an impact around the office:
- Standard office work: this includes all of those projects you’ve been putting off for months, such as data entry, filing, mailings and scanning. For example, students have helped transition law firms to paperless offices.
- Legal assistance: students have typed memos, summarized depositions, prepared documents, created client files, and conducted internet research. One of our former students decided to draft a closing statement for a case he observed and the prosecutor ended up using a portion of it in her own closing statement. Another student researched law journal articles on cybercrime and wrote summaries for her employers.
- Anything IT or computer-related: from helping to answer simple help desk inquiries to creating well-designed powerpoints, the students often possess strong tech skills.
- Human resource assistance: Students can help sort and file I-9 forms, format job descriptions, compile lists of recruiting agencies, create welcome letters for new employees, and make interview and new employee packets.
- Receptionist duties: the students are excited to work in professional environments and gain experience. In the past, students have enjoyed greeting everyone coming into the office and answering phones in reception, which in turn frees up your front desk staff to tackle other projects.
- Language skills: In addition to English, many students speak Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole, Chinese, or one of the 77 languages spoken by Boston public school students. They have been known to help with interpretation and translation in some instances.
Regardless of the task—however big or small—you are affording the students an opportunity to work in a professional environment and exposing them to the legal field. We are here to help you brainstorm potential projects for the summer.
With 45 position secured, the Summer Jobs Committee continues to work hard to secure additional summer positions for Boston public high school students. The BBA would like to thank the 31 firms and organizations that have already committed to the Summer Jobs Program and its mission to enrich the lives of Boston’s youth:
Anderson & Kreiger LLP
Boston Bar Association *
Boston Bar Foundation *
Burns & Levinson LLP*
Choate Hall & Stewart
City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel *
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP *
Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP
Hemenway & Barnes LLP **
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Margolis & Bloom LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP *
Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, P.C.
Shaevel & Krems
Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Todd & Weld LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
*Firm has committed to taking more than one student
**Firm has funded position for government or nonprofit legal office
If you are interested in hiring a student, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.