Hiring Multiple Students Means More Community Impact

Edward Wildman Palmer hired four students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program last year and the firm plans to do the same this year as well.

Edward Wildman Palmer hired four students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program last year and the firm plans to do the same this year as well.

As our readers know, the BBA Summer Jobs Program has recently set a program record, securing 59 paid internships at law firms and legal organizations across Boston (previous record was 58). This milestone is thanks to Boston area law firms’ dedication to community and underscores the BBA’s commitment to providing professional and educational opportunity to Boston’s youth.

This year a number of legal offices, including Edwards Wildman Palmer, Goodwin Procter, Burns & Levinson and the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel, are making an even larger commitment to the BBA Program and Boston’s youth by hiring multiple students.

We checked in with representatives from two of these firms to see what spurred their decision to take additional students, and the ways having more than one student benefits the office.

Here’s what they had to say:

“In this challenging business climate, budgets are tight and staff generally has to do more with less. By hiring cost-effective and highly motivated high school students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program, our firm has been able to help take some of the day-to-day pressure off of busy full-time staff so they have the opportunity to pursue longer-term and strategic projects. We also recognize the immense importance of providing meaningful job opportunities to Boston public high school students, many of whom are diverse and the first college-bound members of their families. Our firm has had terrific success hiring interns through this program, and as a result, we now hire multiple interns each summer. Last year we hired four interns through the BBA program, and we were quickly able to fill all of their calendars with projects involving business development, IT and internet research, marketing and records management. We’re looking forward to welcoming our 4 new interns this summer!”–Matt McTygue (Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP)

Each summer, the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel hires two students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Each summer, the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel hires two students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

“Burns & Levinson began hiring two summer interns, a rising junior and a senior, several years ago. The BBA summer jobs program and the mentoring that the students receive from the PIC throughout the year are clearly great opportunities for the students who participate in the program. Burns & Levinson has always been supportive of these programs and has made an effort to do its part to help these students develop marketable skills to help them successfully navigate the demands of college and the working world. The other reason we decided to bring on a second student was to set up a succession plan. The rising senior acted as a mentor to the junior who was newly hired, letting the first year student learn from the second year student. This system fostered a great sense of teamwork between the two interns, and gave the more experienced student the opportunity to act as a leader and teacher. We have also found this format to work well in terms of maintaining ongoing interest in utilizing intern support from our staff and attorneys. They are comfortable that the students possess the skills necessary to do an excellent job on each project that is assigned.”–Rachel Krasowski (Burns & Levinson)

So there you have it, taking multiple students benefits both your firm and the Boston community. The BBA also takes multiple students, so if you have any questions about hiring more than one student, or are looking for suggestions about ways to engage your interns, we have plenty of experience. Please contact BBA Public Service Programs Coordinator Katie D’Angelo at [email protected] for more information.