Alexandra Williams, a 2008 Summer Jobs alum, is interning with the BBA’s finance department this summer.
After her sophomore year at Boston Latin School, Alexandra Williams landed her first office job as a summer intern at Holland & Knight through the BBA’s 2008 Summer Jobs Program. Now a rising senior at Georgetown University majoring in operations and information management, Alexandra again connected with the BBA to procure a summer job – but in a new role. She is interning with the BBA’s finance department this summer, compiling data for the Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts launched by BBA President J.D. Smeallie earlier this year.
Beyond the Billable sat down to talk to Alexandra about her Summer Jobs experience and the impact of the program. She explained that was the first time that she worked in a professional setting with adults:
“I remember being scared before my first day because it was my first office job working with adults. [The Holland & Knight employees] treated me like a regular employee. It gave me more confidence because no one was treating me like a child anymore. That confidence not only helped me that summer, but as I went on to college and worked at other jobs and internships.”
Alexandra is yet another example of the lasting impact of the program on the students’ professional experiences—even outside of the field of law. After another legal internship, Alexandra decided that becoming a lawyer was not the right career choice for her. Nevertheless, the program helped prepare her for her future professional and academic endeavors by giving her confidence early in her career.
For the record, Alexandra stills calls Holland & Knight her favorite job and highlighted the benefit of participating in the program’s enrichment seminars while working throughout the summer.
After hiring Alexandra this summer, the BBA can personally attest to the quality of the students that the program produces.
Dan Forster (Simmons College) discussed the financial aid process with the Summer Jobs students.
After their first three days of work, the 58 Summer Jobs students returned to 16 Beacon for their first enrichment seminar on student loans. Daniel Forster, the Director of Student Financial Services at Simmons College, spoke with the students about the financial aid process, sources of aid, and how financial need is determined. The students had the opportunity to ask questions about their own financial aid packages and financial concerns.
When asked why the segment was helpful, Allysha Pierre, a Summer Jobs student interning at Wolf, Greenfield, & Sacks and rising college freshman, explained that “you don’t know what you’re getting into when you go to college. The more information you know about students loans, the better prepared you can be for the future.” After talking to Forster about her specific financial aid situation, she told Beyond the Billable that she feels better prepared to contact her financial aid advisor and discuss how to lower her unmet need.
Like Allysha, many of the students in the program will be attending college in the fall or plan to attend after they complete high school. In combination with the financial literacy sessions, this seminar aims to prepare students to make educated financial decision about paying for their higher education.
This morning, students, families, and employers packed into 16 Beacon street to hear from Mayor Thomas Menino and BBA leadership to celebrate the beginning of the 20th annual Summer Jobs Program. This year’s event marked an all-time high for the program with 58 student positions thanks to commitment from 41 firms and law offices. Highlights of the program featured a keynote speech by Tavares Brewington (Prince Lobel) encouraging students to find their vision and an award presented by BBA President J.D. Smeallie (Holland & Knight) to Mayor Menino to honor the Mayor’s longstanding commitment to the program.
Here’s a look at today’s event:
Mayor Menino addressed the crowd of students, their families, and employers about the importance of this summer jobs experience.
Tavares Brewington (Prince Lobel) discussed his own path, from South Florida, Western Mass, College of the Holy Cross, playing pro football in Europe, the US Attorney’s Office and Prince Lobel, while encouraging students to find their own vision and achieve it.
Kharlita Chambers-Walker (Charlestown High School) and Julian Smith-Sparks (English High School) will be working at the City of Boston’s Office of Corporate Counsel.
After the event, the students headed off to their first day of work. Please stay tuned for more on the students’ experiences throughout the summer.
This morning, 58 Boston Public High School students traveled to 16 Beacon Street for the annual BBA Summer Jobs Program orientation. To help prepare students for their first day of work on July 8th, the orientation included sessions on workplace professionalism, as well as two financial literacy enrichment modules, on personal finance and budgeting and credit cards.
Here are a few photos from the morning:
2003 Summer Jobs Alum Emmanuelle Renelique (Wilmer Hale) spoke with the students about her own experience as a Summer Jobs intern.
Melissa O’Berg (Rocket Software, Inc) taught the Financial Literacy module on using credit and credits cards to the 58 Summer Jobs students.
Please stay tuned for more highlights from the program throughout the summer. For more on the Summer Jobs Program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, public service programs coordinator, at [email protected].
As you may have heard, the Boston Bar Foundation has generously sponsored 13 Boston Public High School students to work at government agencies and nonprofit organizations through the BBA’s record setting Summer Jobs Program. These students will have the opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting and participate in enrichment seminars on professional development, financial literacy, and student loans. Students will head off to their first day of work on July 8th following a kickoff event with Mayor Thomas Menino at the BBA.
Through the support of the BBF, 13 Boston Public School students will gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field while working in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Check out the list of placements below:
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Palmer Roxbury
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Roxbury
Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Greater Boston Legal Services
Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts
Legal Advocacy and Resource Center
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
United States Bankruptcy Court
United States District Court
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
To learn more about how the BBF supports the Summer Jobs Program, please visit the BBF’s new website here.
The BBF would like to thank Jackson Lewis, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Hemenway & Barnes, and Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy & Garner, P.C. for their generous donations to the BBF to fund Summer Jobs positions.
Through the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program, Boston Public School students gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field while working in firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
As the public service staff dug through the thick stack of Summer Jobs applications for this year’s program, we stumbled upon a recommendation from a teacher at Urban Science Academy who had participated in the program 12 years ago. Beyond the Billable reached out to Isabel Perez, currently a Humanities and AP Literature teacher at Urban Science Academy, to hear more about her experience. Through our conversation, we learned about the significant impact the program had on her future by giving her the confidence and professional experience to succeed.
Click here to see what Isabel had to say about her Summer Jobs experience.
Unemployment for youth remains high, especially among Latinos and African-Americans. Data provided by the Economic Policy Institute tells that one in seven young adults ages 16-24 are unemployed. You have the opportunity to make a difference – at the same time helping to broaden the pipeline of diverse Boston youth exposed to the legal profession.
The BBA, in partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) seeks law firms and law offices to hire students for the summer of 2013. Burns and Levinson LLP, Chu, Ring, and Hazel LLP, Mintz Levin, Pierce Atwood, and WilmerHale have already committed to hiring a Boston Public High School student for 8 weeks of employment this summer, and we invite you to join them.
Over the past 19 years, the BBA has introduced more than 385 young adults to the legal profession. A recent article on the PIC’s school-to-career programs highlights Escarolyn Garcia’s experience participating in the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program.
To hire a student, or for more information on the program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator at [email protected].
In this season of reflection and gratitude, many people look for ways to give back. Here are a few upcoming opportunities to get more involved in the community:
(1) Participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and help low and moderate-income taxpayers fill out tax returns and offer consultations on special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly. You can learn more about how to get involved at the upcoming VITA information session.
(2) Teach high school students across Massachusetts about making informed and effective decisions regarding their finances through educational and experiential opportunities in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy program. You can teach students about credit cards, checking accounts, budgeting, and more.
(3) Hire a local high school student for an 8-week internship at your law firm through our Summer Jobs program. Help students learn about the field of law and gain career experience.
Visit the Public Services Programs page to learn about additional opportunities in the community. For more information on the programs, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator at 617-778-1914 or [email protected].