The City of Boston’s website will tell you all of the important reasons that Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Summer Jobs Program makes a big difference in the lives of the teens who participate, and that’s why we work to place students in law firms each summer.
But if you’re working at a law office, you may wonder – what impact do these students have on their employers?
Larry DiCara, a partner in Nixon Peabody LLP’s Boston office, has worked with Summer Jobs students for years, and it never gets old for him. Students have as much to teach adults as they do to learn from them, he said.
“It is a learning experience both for a firm and a student,” he said. “I have learned so much from the wonderful young people who have worked at Nixon Peabody through the years.”
While there are many highlights of the program for him, DiCara said conducting a mock city council hearing where students get to debate issues inside the real City Hall chambers “remains the highlight of (his) summer.”
In addition to having extra hands to help out at the officeand getting to know the students, DiCara said he looks forward to learning about the paths the students take after they have completed the program.
“I am proud that many are now at great colleges and thriving, and keeping in touch. Having a work experience is helpful for them as they look towards college,” he said.
The BBA Program is a long-time partnership with the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). To learn more about how you can support a Boston Public Schools student this summer, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.