Posts Categorized: Summer Jobs

Summer Jobs Support Youth – But Don’t Just Take it From Us

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.

The BBA partners with the City of Boston and the Boston Private Industry Council to run the Summer Jobs Program each year.

While our readers always hear us talking about the benefits of summer employment for local Boston teens, the conversation is much more widespread. Take a look at this article that appeared in the Atlantic that advocates for the importance of summer jobs for high schoolers and highlights our partner for the BBA Summer Jobs Program, the Boston Private Industry Council. While Boston is lucky to have the PIC and its dedicated employers fighting the high teen unemployment rate to secure summer jobs for teens, there is still work to be done to ensure that Boston public high school students have the opportunity to gain professional experience and earn a pay check each summer. The BBA has secured 63 student positions—more than ever before—but we are still working hard to recruit additional firms to hire students. Would you like to support the future workforce of our city? Click here to learn more about the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

If you’re interested in hearing more about our partnership with the PIC, come to the BBA’s upcoming Law Day Dinner where we will honor the PIC for the 21 year relationship that has helped place more than 700 Boston public high school students in meaningful legal summer jobs since 1993. Click here for more information.

Lawyers ‘Bet the House’ on the Next Generation of Boston’s Workforce

The money raised at the 5th Annual Casino Night fund Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

The money raised at the 5th Annual Casino Night fund Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Last Thursday, 250 attorneys came to 16 Beacon for a night of gambling and socializing for the 5th Annual Casino Night for Summer Jobs fundraiser. While the event has always supported the Boston Bar Foundation, this year all of the funds will specifically support the BBA Summer Jobs Program. As you may remember, the BBF funds Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies each summer. The BBF-funded students not only get the opportunity to receive hands on experience in the legal field, but the legal service and government agencies benefit from the student’s enthusiastic help in a busy office environment. Take a look at the experiences of last year’s students here.

Between sponsors, ticket sales and our silent auction the BBF raised nearly $40,000 last night to support the Summer Jobs program and put 12 students to work this summer. Twenty companies demonstrated their commitment to Boston’s youth through sponsorship of the event, contributing over $25,000 to the BBF (enough to put eight teens to work this summer).

Do you want to see more highlights from the night? Click here.

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.

BBA Summer Jobs Program Raises the Bar, Sets New Record

The BBA's Summer Jobs Program is part of the City of Boston's efforts to employ Boston teens in meaningful positions each summer.

The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program is part of the City of Boston’s efforts to employ Boston teens in meaningful positions each summer.

As our readers know, the City of Boston has always strived to secure summer jobs for Boston’s teens. In a recent Boston Globe article, Mayor Walsh stressed a new high water mark for the City’s Summer Jobs Program – to provide Boston youth with 12,000 jobs in the summer of 2014, a significant increase of the previous goal of 10,000 jobs. As a longtime partner of the City, the BBA and the sponsors of our Summer Jobs Program have stepped up to answer the call by hitting a record 59 positions and counting for Boston public high school students at law firms and legal agencies this summer, surpassing the program record of 58.

Is your employer on the list? Don’t miss the opportunity to support Boston’s future workforce by providing high schools students with an opportunity to gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field. Take a look below at the firms and legal departments that have already committed to hiring one or more students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program:

Anderson & Kreiger LLP 
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Boston Bar Association*
Boston Bar Foundation++
Burns & Levinson LLP*
Choate Hall & Stewart 
Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP
City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel *
Collora LLP
Cooley LLP
DLA Piper
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP***
Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele 
Fish & Richardson P.C. 
Foley Hoag 
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP 
Goodwin Procter LLP
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
**
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP 
Holland & Knight LLP 
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
LPL Financial 

Margolis & Bloom LLP 
Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.
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 
Proskauer Rose LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP*
Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, P.C. 
Rubin & Rudman LLP
Shaevel & Krems 

Sherin & Lodgen LLP
Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP 
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
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
***Firm has committed to taking four students
++This year the Boston Bar Foundation’s M. Ellen Carpenter Fund will be funding summer jobs for 10 Boston Public Highs School students at public agencies and nonprofits this summer. Learn more about the fund here.

Partnering with the PIC to Support Summer Jobs

PIC career specialist Dan Cuddy worked with Myntah Morris to get a job at Burns & Levinson through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. Last year, Myntah completed her second summer at Burns & Levinson and served as a mentor for Lucy Pimental, another Brighton High School student who interned at the firm.

PIC career specialist Dan Cuddy worked with Myntah Morris to get a job at Burns & Levinson through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. Last year, Myntah completed her second summer at Burns & Levinson and served as a mentor for Lucy Pimental, another Brighton High School student who interned at the firm.

As you may know from this announcement last week, the BBA will be honoring the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) at the annual Law Day Dinner in May. Through a 21 year partnership, the BBA and PIC have worked together to place over 640 Boston public high school students in paid legal internships since 1993.

Our program would not be possible without the support of the PIC. The PIC career specialists in each Boston public high school work tirelessly to select the best candidates for the program, help students with applications, and provide workshops to prepare students for their jobs. The BBA Summer Jobs Program, a significant effort in its own right, is only part of the PIC’s broader effort to open doors and give Boston teens valuable work experience. Last year, the PIC’s School-to-Career initiative placed over 3,000 students in a job or internship throughout the city.

Beyond the Billable sat down with Dan Cuddy, a senior career specialist at Brighton High School and Another Course to College, to give you a closer look how the PIC and BBA work together to ensure a successful Summer Jobs Program each year.

Here’s what he had to say:

Can you describe the process for applying for the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

“The PIC conducts summer job workshops after school starting in March to recruit students and advertise potential opportunities. As the Career Specialist for Brighton High School, I help the more than 200 students who typically attend the workshops by informing them of the summer job options and assisting in the registration process. Career Specialists also review the sign-up lists and pre-screen students who are interested in applying to the Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program. We look for students who have attention to detail, strong academic performance, a passion for learning new experiences, and understand professional etiquette. Students should also have an interest in law, criminal justice, or the judicial system.

What type of support does PIC offer the students to prepare them for the application process and their summer job?

“The PIC works with students throughout the year to prepare for the coming summer and offers weekly after-school workshops in the spring to engage potential applicants.

Summer job workshops include resume writing, interview skills, and professional etiquette. Career Specialists guide students through the application process and review all applications prior to submission. If the student is selected to be interviewed for the BBA, the Career Specialist advises candidates regarding dressing for success, interview preparation, and commuting.”
Why do you encourage your students to apply to the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

“The best way to describe the benefits of the Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program is to quote my Brighton High student who has been working for Burns & Levinson for the past nine months as the result of an extremely successful summer internship.

Brighton High School student, Lucy Pimental, started working at Burns & Levinson (a long-time supporter of the BBA Summer Jobs Program) last summer as a junior intern and describes the benefits of working at the firm as rewarding and challenging. She has to multi-task responsibilities in the Records department, Accounting department, and the Library. She has to be organized, detailed, and must communicate regularly with her supervisor. As a result of her internship at Burns & Levinson, Lucy is highly motived to become a lawyer and has maintained high honors to make that dream a reality. Lucy is thrilled to be working in a professional environment and works to impress her supervisor, Rachel Krasowski, who she loves working for during the summer and school year.

As Lucy describes it: ‘The Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program changes the lives of inner city students and demonstrates to them that academic achievement and a little motivation to learn new skills can dramatically influence their career path in an eight-week summer internship!’”

A Student’s Take on Financial Literacy

Ben Haideri, a senior at Boston Latin Academy and 2013 Summer Jobs Student, shared his experience in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program last summer, answered Janet Bostwick's questions about the Program at the 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Ben Haideri, a senior at Boston Latin Academy and 2013 Summer Jobs Student, shared his experience in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program last summer, answered Janet Bostwick’s questions about the Program at the 10th Anniversary Celebration.

At last week’s 10th Anniversary Celebration of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, guests got to enjoy a unique experience, seeing the effects of the Program in front of their eyes. Ben Haideri, one of the 4,000 students who have participated in M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program since the program began, agreed shared his experience in the Program with party attendees. You may remember Ben (who is a senior at Boston Latin Academy and 2013 Summer Jobs student) from this article or this article—he’s a bit of a legend at the BBA. He took part in the Program during the 2013 Summer Jobs Program, when it was offered as a series of enrichment seminars.

Take a firsthand look at what he had to say:

Beyond the Billable also sat down with him to gain a deeper understanding of what he took away from the Program. Here’s what he had to say:

 How have you applied what you learned from the program?

“There are very few programs from which the participants are able to literally walk right out and apply what they learned that very day. The financial literacy program through the BBA, however, stands out as being extremely effective in that regard. Between the day that I participated in the first seminar and now, I have opened a checking and savings account and, more recently, got my first credit card. I don’t believe that I would have been so confident yet careful with such tools that I had at my disposal had it not been for the program.”

What did you like best about the program?

“This program very much epitomizes the learning experience of a student in that it offers the perfect balance between reality and practice. The guest workshop leaders were all professionals who had experience in whatever field they were teaching about, and the financial literacy workbook was just that, a workbook. It combined practice problems that we will most likely face in real life with explanations that are thorough and extensive, attributes that are perfect for those who are learning about financial literacy.”

What do you think was the most important thing you learned?

“The one lesson that stood out the most to me was the one about using credit cards. It may be because I have grown up during a time of general distrust when it comes to dealing with large banks, but I went into the lesson thinking (probably like most people) that credit cards always came with a catch, and in terms of society, seem to have a very negative connotation. Although the credit card companies can be tricky, what I got out of the lesson was just simply to not bite off more than you can chew when dealing with credit cards. The second someone does that he/she is already headed down a slippery slope. The fact is that very few people are able to use cash to buy a car, a house, or even a couch, so, when used responsibly, a credit card, I learned, is a tool that can do a lot of good.“

Is there anything you found particularly useful?

“I very much enjoyed visiting the Bankruptcy Court through the program. While visiting the court, we heard from lawyers and a judge, and it was an amazing experience to be in the presence of people who I look up to. Apart from the experience itself, I would say that since my goal is to become a lawyer, being able to see such people in action is something that I will always find useful.”

Take a Student to Work Day – BPS Students Shadow at Law Firms

The PIC's Job Shadow Day introduces Boston public school students to different careers, and in some cases, leads to summer employment opportunities through programs, such as the BBA Summer Jobs Program

The PIC’s Job Shadow Day introduces Boston public school students to different careers, and in some cases, leads to summer employment opportunities through programs, such as the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Each year, our friends (and partners of the BBA Summer Jobs Program) at the Boston Private Industry Council coordinate a Job Shadow Day for Boston public high school students. This year, we are pleased to report that seven local law firms hosted twenty students from Boston Community Leadership Academy, Josiah Quincy Upper High School and Charlestown High School.

Beyond the Billable touched base with School-to-Career and Employer Engagement Director Josh Bruno (Boston Private Industry Council) and Summer Jobs Co-Chair Matt McTygue (Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP) to hear more about the day.

Take a look at what Josh had to say about the importance of Job Shadow Day:

“For many students, Job Shadow is the first school-to-career activity that they participate in. It’s a unique introduction to the workplace and an opportunity for these students to imagine themselves in a professional career. Supervisors get the chance to meet students one-on-one as they consider hiring teens for summer employment. The experience is beneficial for everyone and so successful that every year, a number of students are offered full time summer employment on the spot.”

Here’s what Matt had to say about why his firm participates in the program:

“First, our firm is committed to increasing the diversity of the legal profession in Boston, so we enthusiastically support programs like the Job Shadow Day that help build a pipeline of diverse future attorneys in our community. Second, the Job Shadow Day program allows us to screen potential applicants for the Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program. Edwards Wildman anticipates hiring at least two summer interns through this program, and we hope our Job Shadow Day students will apply for these positions.”

Is your firm or office looking for an opportunity to support Boston public high school students? While Job Shadow Day has already passed, there’s another opportunity around the corner. Hire a student to work at your office through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. Join this growing list of firms and offices who have already committed to providing a Boston public high school student with an opportunity to gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field. Click here for more information.

Below are the firms who participated Job Shadow Day:

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Rindler Morgan, P.C.
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Thornton & Naumes, LLP

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.