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Keeping Kids in School: Another Benefit of Summer Jobs

Summer jobs in Boston have helped contribute to a decline in high school dropout rates in the city.

Summer jobs in Boston have helped contribute to a decline in high school dropout rates in the city.

If you’re an avid Beyond the Billable reader, you’ve certainly heard a lot about the impact the BBA Summer Jobs Program has on Boston Public High School during their two months of paid summer internships. But what about after the internship is over? Since we’re thinking about Summer Jobs 24/7, we caught a great Boston Globe article that breaks down the statistical impact of students with summer jobs and programs in the city as a whole.

Some quick stats – in Boston, the high school dropout rate has decreased from 9.9 percent during the 2005-2006 school year to 5.9 percent — about 969 students out of 16,293 students — during the 2012-2013 school year. Not surprisingly, one of the key factors contributing to the declining rates is summer jobs. Click here to read the full Boston Globe article which discusses the decline in Boston and the entire state.

Boston Public High School Students Have Skills for Firms of Any Size

Stephan Pierre, a senior at Brighton High School, worked on an assignment at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP last summer.

Stephan Pierre, a senior at Brighton High School, worked on an assignment at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP last summer.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
David Lozano, a senior at Boston Latin Academy, interned at Nixon Peabody last summer.

David Lozano, a senior at Boston Latin Academy, interned at Nixon Peabody last summer.

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 *
DLA Piper
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP *
Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele 
Fish & Richardson P.C. 
Foley Hoag 
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP 
Hemenway & Barnes LLP **
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP 
Holland & Knight LLP 
LPL Financial 
Margolis & Bloom LLP 
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. 
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 
Nixon Peabody LLP 
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP 
Pierce Atwood 
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 [email protected].

Sit Down With Summer Jobs and Mayor’s Youth Council Superstar

Mayor’s Youth Council Representative and former Summer Jobs Student Benjamin Haideri introduced Mayor Thomas Menino at the 20th Anniversary of the Mayor's Youth Council Celebration.

Mayor’s Youth Council Representative and former Summer Jobs Student Benjamin Haideri introduced Mayor Thomas Menino at the 20th Anniversary of the Mayor’s Youth Council Celebration.

When BBA President Paul Dacier and Executive Director Rich Page attended the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC), they saw a familiar face introducing Mayor Thomas Menino. That face was Ben Haideri’s, who represents his community of Roslindale on the MYC and interned at the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office through the BBA Summer Jobs Program last summer.

Beyond the Billable sat down with Ben to talk to him about his experiences with the MYC and BBA Summer Jobs Program.

We started by discussing Ben’s experience at the Dorchester District Court Branch of the Suffolk DA’s Office — where he spent most of his summer (you may remember him from this article). As an aspiring lawyer, he felt that the courtroom experience would be particularly valuable:

“I spent a lot of time in the courtroom watching trials. One of the trials lasted two days, and I decided that I would write a closing statement just for fun. I gave it to the prosecutor to review and she ended up using a chunk of it in her closing statements.”

While finishing up his senior year at Boston Latin Academy, Ben is also enjoying his second year serving on the MYC. As a representative, Ben participates in two meetings each month, identifies issues affecting his community, such as integration, and works with other representatives to brainstorm solutions. When we asked him to tell us a highlight from his time on the MYC, he mentioned his speech about the important of getting youth involved in government. It’s probably worth mentioning that the speech was given in front of 3,000 people, including mayors from across the country, at the National League of Cities Conference.

Ben is waiting to hear back from colleges and hopes to study political science before going on to attend law school. “I came into the BBA Summer Jobs Program knowing that I wanted to be a lawyer and the experience solidified it. Through the Mayor’s Youth Council, I gained experience with outreach, writing, and giving speeches. These skills are important because you need to be a good communicator to be an effective lawyer.”

It’s also worth noting that Ben’s position was funded thanks to contributions to the Boston Bar Foundation, which provided funding for 13 positions for Boston Public High School students to work at nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and courts last summer.

A Year in Photos

The BBA has had a quite a year of public service. For a look back at our members’ commitment to the community, take a look at the photos below:

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In January 2013, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $560,000. That amount helped to fund grants to 24 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas such as immigration, domestic violence and homelessness.

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The BBA held two free Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) trainings during the winter to certify nearly 100 lawyers to accept cases for limited representation. LAR provides an opportunity for attorneys to gain valuable courtroom experience, and most importantly, more people with unresolved legal issues that require representation receive the help they need. Attorneys received certification in the Probate and Family Court, Land Court, Housing Court, and Boston Municipal Court.

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In 2013, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program more than doubled in size, reaching nearly 1,300 students across Massachusetts with the help of 158 volunteers.

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Lisa Menelly (Raytheon Company) traveled to Mozart Elementary School in Roslindale to teach Ms. Pearl-Haynes’s 4th grade class about the 2013 Law Day in the Schools theme “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” From May 1st-3rd, 41 volunteer attorneys traveled to seven Boston public schools to teach 782 students about the topic.

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Members of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) leveraged the resources of the bar to launch the Community Reentry Readiness Program through the Federal Court to provide information to federal probationers on key civil-legal issues that they will face when re-entering society.

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After the tragic events on Marathon Monday, the BBA offered pro bono legal assistance to small business and victims affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The BBA recruited over 200 attorneys, firms, and law schools who were eager to help. The BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service received 70 calls and through collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance, the BBA volunteer attorneys assisted 63 small business owners and victims with legal matters in the wake of the Boston Marathon events.  In addition, the BBF demonstrated its commitment to Boston by donating $25,000 to the One Fund to further assist victims.

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On June 6th, members of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) hosted a groundbreaking symposium addressing the emerging legal and community-based issues associated with human trafficking. The event drew in over 125 attendees and national press coverage.

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This year, 32 diverse law students participated in the Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Judicial Internship Program which places students in local courts including the Boston Municipal Court, Probate & Family Courts and US Bankruptcy Court.

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In its 20th year, the BBA Summer Jobs Program placed a record-breaking 58 Boston public high school students in paid positions at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. This year, the BBF increased its commitment to the program by funding paid positions for 13 students at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

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Pro Bono Month, which happens every October, was jam-packed with trainings and volunteer opportunities to encourage attorneys to give back to our community. The BBA held five pro bono trainings that prepared 206 attorneys and law students to engage in pro bono work and connected 250 new attorneys and law students with 28 Boston-area legal service agencies through a Pro Bono Fair.

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On September 1, 2013, the BBA Lawyer Referral Service became the new home of the Military Legal Help Line, which was established to connect veterans, military personnel, and their families with lawyers and other legal resources appropriate to their needs. The service refers callers to qualified attorneys offering reduced fee and pro bono legal assistance or the appropriate government or non-profit agency. In an effort to prepare attorneys to help with these reduced fee and pro bono cases, the BBA held a four-part CLE series this fall on topics including, family law, labor and employment, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, trusts and estates, and education benefits.

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On November 20th, BBA President Paul T. Dacier joined over 150 of Boston’s leaders in visiting Boston Public Schools (BPS) to gain a firsthand look at the successes and challenges of the city’s school system as part of the BPS Principal for a Day Program. Paul shadowed William Thomas, the headmaster of Charlestown High School, for the morning. Charlestown High School is one of the largest high schools in Boston with 954, 39% of its student body is Limited English Proficient, and 46% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced school meals.

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The BBA President Paul Dacier and BBA Executive Director Rich Page joined Mayor Thomas Menino along with the current representatives and alumni of the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) at the 20th Anniversary Celebration on November 29th. As you may know, the BBA is a longstanding partner of the MYC, combining efforts with the City of Boston and Northeastern University.

Straight from the Students: David Lozano Shares His Summer Experience at Graduation Ceremony

Summer Jobs Student David Lozano spoke to the audience about his internship at Nixon Peabody at the Summer Jobs Graduation last Thursday.

Summer Jobs Student David Lozano spoke to the audience about his internship at Nixon Peabody at the Summer Jobs Graduation last Thursday.

At last Thursday’s Summer Jobs Program graduation ceremony, David Lozano, a rising senior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Nixon Peabody, spoke to students, parents and firm representatives about his summer experience. David’s speech was so good, and embodies the spirit of the Summer Jobs Program so well, that Beyond the Billable felt compelled to run it in full.

Here’s what David had to say:

“When I went into this job at the beginning of the summer, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Part of me was hoping for some exciting criminal justice stuff, part of me was thinking about long hours of boring paperwork, and somewhere I knew that I wasn’t going to get anything I expected either. I was also really nervous at the prospect of working in a professional office setting for the first time, especially one as prestigious as that of my host firm, Nixon Peabody. It’s pretty safe to say I had a lot of questions – what do I wear? What kind of work will I be doing? How will I interact with my coworkers? What kinds of standards will I be held to, what kind of stuff will I be able to experience here?

Once I started work, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Once I got the hang of how to operate in this new environment, the actual work I got was another challenge in itself. There were some days where all I had to do was assemble a several-thousand page closing binder for a public works system. There were some days where I was able to head down to the Bulger trial itself with some of the summer associates at my firm and hear some of the funniest and most absolutely terrifying stories that you’d be hard-pressed to find the likes of in a work of fiction. That was the kind of stuff I was expecting. But, man, I did so much more.

The sheer variety of work involved in the legal profession absolutely captivated me, and I shortly found myself doing more work than I ever had inside of school and having more fun, to boot. Every assignment I got was a chance to discover something new. Even work coming out of the same department could be strikingly diverse – take the patent lawyers as an example. From dishwashers to x-ray machines from the 80’s, that place covers everything. I also spent time researching video games for an intellectual property case, I spent time revising and organizing trusts and wills dealing with more money than I’ve ever seen in my life. I rushed to put together sets of binders that would be used in a real courtroom that same evening, dealing with malpractice and real estate law, family trees, zoning policy and the fastest route from Downtown Crossing to the superior court. The amount of things I was exposed to this summer is nothing to sneeze at, and kept me constantly interested in the cases themselves, not just what I was doing with them. With this kind of work – especially research, which I’ve been doing a lot of – it is impossible not to learn something new every day, on anything and everything related to the topic at hand.

I’ve learned so much this year, and gained truly valuable experience of the legal field and what it’s really about. The work I’ve done over the past month or two will prove extremely useful to me in the future, whether I do end up pursuing a career in the legal field or not. Thanks to this job, I’ve had the opportunity to see what a typical workplace looks like and have time there well before I go to work for good. I’ve gained a better understanding of the legal process: how complex it is, how a firm works, how the court system works and some of the problems and brilliancies that come with it. I’ve learned why companies sue in an intellectual property case, in what ways a will needs to be updated as your position in life changes, and how fascinating and intense high-profile trials can become. Just as importantly, I’ve learned how to coexist with your co-workers, how to manage your time so you always come out ready and on top, and, y’know, how to tie a tie in under thirty seconds. From efficient alphabetization to the neighborhood politics of Back Bay, the things I’ve had a chance to learn about during my time in this program are going to stay with me for a long time in life – and some of them will be useful to me no matter where I choose to work, some of them even more useful to me as a future lawyer, and some not useful at all but still interesting and significant to my education as a whole.

Thanks to the Boston Bar Association and Nixon Peabody, and all the amazing, dedicated people I met there from the mail rooms to the corner offices, I’m going into my senior year with skills that some only acquire after college, experience that is usual for second-year law students, and I’m very grateful for that chance. I sincerely hope that this program can continue and keep giving kids like me and all my fellow students in the audience this kind of chance to make money, learn, and excel.”

 

Students, Employers, and Families Celebrate Another Successful Summer of Work

Last Thursday, the Summer Jobs students, their families, and employers gathered at the Adams Courthouse to celebrate the accomplishments of the 58 students participating in the program this summer. Keynote speaker Rachael Rollins, General Counsel at the MBTA and Massachusetts Department of Transportation, spoke to the students about her own background and gave them advice on how to continue building a successful career. David Lozano, a rising senior at Boston Latin Academy, shared what he learned this summer at Nixon Peabody, and BBA President J.D. Smeallie distributed certificates to the students.

Check out the highlights from the event below:

David Lozano, rising senior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Nixon Peabody, spoke about his experience in the program this summer.

David Lozano, rising senior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Nixon Peabody, spoke about his experience in the program this summer.

Keynote speaker Rachael Rollins (MBTA) addressed the group of Summer Jobs students and gave them advice on how to succeed in their future professional endeavors.

Keynote speaker Rachael Rollins (MBTA) addressed the group of Summer Jobs students and gave them advice on how to succeed in their future professional endeavors.

Maaza Fadel El Said, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Foley Hoag, accepted her certificate from BBA President J.D. Smeallie.

Maaza Fadel El Said, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Foley Hoag, accepted her certificate from BBA President J.D. Smeallie.

The 2013 Summer Jobs students showed off their certificates while posing with keynote speaker Rachael Rollins (MBTA) and BBA President J.D. Smeallie (Holland & Knight).

The 2013 Summer Jobs students showed off their certificates while posing with keynote speaker Rachael Rollins (MBTA) and BBA President J.D. Smeallie (Holland & Knight).

Amadou Barry and Miguel Rodriguez Figueroa pose with BBA Council member Sheila Hubbard, Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project). Amadou and Miguel interned at the Volunteer Lawyers Project this summer through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Amadou Barry and Miguel Rodriguez Figueroa pose with BBA Council member Sheila Hubbard, Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project). Amadou and Miguel interned at the Volunteer Lawyers Project this summer through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Summer Jobs students Yewellyn Sanchez and Patricia Rodriguez, who interned at the Boston Bar Association this summer, showed off their certificates while posing with family members at a reception following the graduation ceremony.

Summer Jobs students Yewellyn Sanchez and Patricia Rodriguez, who interned at the Boston Bar Association, showed off their certificates while posing with family members at a reception following the graduation ceremony.

The students wrap up their summer internships this Thursday before heading back to school or off to college.

Beyond the Billable Catches Up with Summer Jobs Alum

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As the BBA prepares to graduate 58 summer jobs students, Beyond the Billable wanted to take the opportunity to look back at some of our past graduates to see where they are now. Fortunately for us, we had a chance run in with Sam Faisal, who interned at the BBA last summer through the Summer Jobs Program. During our chance encounter with Sam we found out he is spending the summer working for William Roa, a public defender in Boston. He has been going to court, interviewing clients, and preparing for the start of a new case next week.

Beyond the Billable asked Sam how the BBA Summer Jobs Program prepared him for his current summer internship. Here’s what he had to say:

“It prepared me for the office environment. I also realized that some days may not be what you expect, but you have to make the best of it. The more experience you get, the better prepared you will be. “

Sam is a rising sophomore at Johnson & Wales University where he studies criminal justice.

A Trip to the Court – Summer Jobs Students Learn Consequences of Poor Financial Decisions

The Summer Jobs students participated in the Consequences module of the Financial Literacy Program this morning at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The Summer Jobs students participated in the Consequences module of the Financial Literacy Program this morning at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

At the last session of the BBA’s Financial Literacy Program, the Summer Jobs students received firsthand lessons about the consequences of poor financial decision-making directly from the source — the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. With the help of Judge Joan Feeney and a number of volunteer bankruptcy attorneys, the students witnessed a mock Meeting of Creditors and mock Chapter 13 hearing.  The session finished with a brief presentation by Beatriz Mejia, a BBF-funded students who interned at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court this summer. She outlined the different chapters of bankruptcy and reiterated the importance of saving and planning your finances for college, especially because students loans are nondischargeable in bankruptcy.

Here’s a look at the morning:

Beatriz Mejia, a Summer Jobs intern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, walked the students through the different chapters of bankruptcy.

Beatriz Mejia, a Summer Jobs intern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, walked the students through the different chapters of bankruptcy.

Judge Joan Feeney showed the Summer Jobs students how the court’s computer system works during their visit to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Judge Joan Feeney showed the Summer Jobs students how the court’s computer system works during their visit to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

 

BBF Summer Jobs Breakfast Brings Students, Employers, and Sponsors Together

The BBF hosted a breakfast this morning for the 13 BBF-funded Summer Jobs students, their employers, and the sponsoring firms.

The BBF hosted a breakfast this morning for the 13 BBF-funded Summer Jobs students, their employers, and the sponsoring firms.

This morning, the BBA’s Claflin Center was abuzz with Summer Jobs students exchanging stories about their summer positions, including interesting office projects and recent courtroom experiences at the BBF Summer Jobs breakfast. Thanks to donations from a number of local law firms, the BBF increased its support of the Summer Jobs Program by funding 13 positions at nonprofit and government agencies this year. In order to celebrate this record-breaking year and the hard work of the students, the BBF hosted a celebratory breakfast to thank the firms for their donations and congratulated the students on their hard work this summer. Last week BBF students shared their favorite experience of the summer with BBA Week, and this morning they had the chance to share with those who made their summer experience possible.

The BBF would like to thank the following firms for their generous contribution to the Summer Jobs Program:
Dain Torpy, P.C.
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
Jackson Lewis LLP
Morrison Mahoney LLP

Here are a few highlights from the morning:

Christina Miller (Suffolk District Attorney’s Office) and her summer intern Benjamin Haideri and Georgia Katsoulomitis (Massachusetts Law Reform Institute) and her summer intern Sarah Williams shared their summer experiences with Kate Carter (Dain Torpy, P.C.). Dain Torpy, P.C. generous donated to the BBF to support the Summer Jobs Program.

Christina Miller (Suffolk District Attorney’s Office) and her summer intern Benjamin Haideri and Georgia Katsoulomitis (Massachusetts Law Reform Institute) and her summer intern Sarah Williams shared their summer experiences with Kate Carter (Dain Torpy, P.C.). Dain Torpy, P.C. generously donated to the BBF to support the Summer Jobs Program.

Summer Jobs Steering Committee Co-Chair Ned Notis-McConarty (Hemenway & Barnes) thanked the sponsoring firms for their support of the program and encouraged the students to share what they have learned this summer.

Summer Jobs Steering Committee Co-Chair Ned Notis-McConarty (Hemenway & Barnes) thanked the sponsoring firms for their support of the program and encouraged the students to share what they have learned this summer.

 

Straight from the Students – The BBA Summer Jobs Program

BBA Week features two articles that highlight the Summer Jobs students at the their placements. Stephan Pierre, a rising senior at Brighton High School, is interning at Hinckley Allen & Snyder.

BBA Week features two articles that highlight the Summer Jobs students at the their placements. Stephan Pierre, a rising senior at Brighton High School, is interning at Hinckley Allen & Snyder this summer.

Throughout the summer, Beyond the Billable has updated readers on the Summer Jobs Program, including the enrichment seminars and kickoff event.  Last Thursday’s BBA Week featured two great articles that show a closer look at the day-to-day experiences of the students in their job placements. In the first article we hear from the 13 Boston Public High School students funded by the Boston Bar Foundation on their work this summer at local nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The second piece is the first in a series of articles showcasing students and their summer internships, including feedback from their supervisors. The BBA Summer Jobs Program wrapping up in the coming weeks, so check back soon to hear what students have to say about their summers.