Summer Jobs Alumni: Where Are They Now?

With this year’s Summer Jobs students nearing the end of the program, we decided to check-in with a couple of last year’s participants. Read on to see how a summer with the BBA Summer Jobs Program influenced Enrique Pepen and Leslie Bala’s future:

Enrique Pepen
Enrique Pepen
Interned at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Suffolk University, Law and Public Policy

“Participating in the Boston Bar Association’s Summer Jobs Program felt like an opportunity like no other. It exposed me to a world that I once believed was very hard to get into. I had the unique pleasure to work for Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP on State Street, and that firm immediately influenced my path towards my future career. The partnership that the BBA creates between the firms and the students allows inner city students to learn about the legal system in a way that no classroom will be able to do. Not only did the firm serve as an inspiration, but also the field trips to the courts, the guest speakers, and the workshops all together created a scenario that none of us could have imagined. Now I know what I am getting into. I know what I need to get taken care of before I want to enter the legal field. And I am certain that this is what I want to do.”

Leslie Leslie BalaBala
Interned at Locke Lord LLP
Suffolk University, Government and Public Policy

“The BBA Summer Jobs Program helped me prepare for my future in major ways. It is and always will be such an essential and memorable experience. It was a head start for me in the field I’m pursuing. Before BBA, I participated in the JYC program and decided to continue doing internships that would prepare me for having a real career, for understanding the work life after college, and would show me the importance of building my work ethic as well as my networking and communication skills. During my time at Locke Lord LLP, I worked with the records, and the marketing and IT departments. The internship helped me to comprehend the field of law much more and see what the right fit was for me. I shadowed different types of lawyers, saw how they do their work and heard what led them to choose the path they did. The BBA program opened my eyes and was also another reason I decided to attend Suffolk University. It is once again an experience that I will always be grateful for.”

For more information on the Summer Jobs Program, contact Cassandra Shavney at cshavney@bostonbar.org