CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities?
Lola: In this position, I aided attorneys with assignments such as case briefings, research for cases and diversity in the legal profession, and even the 2019 LA Olympic bid. I attended meetings and lectures, and networked with everyone in the firm. My responsibilities were to work on whatever assignments I was given, and learn about a legal profession in a Big Law setting.
CCD: What surprised you most about your summer internship experience?
Lola: It surprised me how much I enjoyed working in a large corporate law firm. I attend a large university, so I am used to the setting, but I was still skeptical that a big law firm was a good fit for me long term. However, I loved coming to work everyday. I loved walking through the building and knowing that everyone was working on different projects and cases, but towards a similar a goal. The Washington DC Office culture was welcoming and dynamic and everyone appeared to love what they do, and find the greater meaning in it. It also was assuring that pro-bono work and making an active difference in the communities, be they nearby or global, was integral to DLA Piper’s values, as was their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
CCD: What was the most memorable part of your time in your internship?
Lola: My most memorable moment was being invited through the firm to the critically acclaimed play Anne & Emmett at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The play itself was incredible, but the museum was opened up to us attendees to wander for about an hour. This is one of the busiest museums and we had it completely to ourselves, learning the history and speaking with different lawyers and members of the community.
CCD: What advice would you give to another student taking on a summer internship?
Lola: Take advantage of every opportunity and be proactive. These internships really aren’t about you “learning” so to speak, there was no way I was going to learn anything concrete about the law, or how to really be a lawyer. Internships are about making connections and utilizing all of your resources around you. So, speak to anybody who is willing to have a conversation, go to any events you’re invited to, explore your surroundings and make sure you absorb everything you can! Learn from the people and make the most of what you are given!