Internship with White & Case LLP International in New York City.
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Matt Jewitt

Paterno Fellow
Major: Crime, Law, & Justice
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Twitter: @MJewitt5021

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through a friend whose father worked for the law firm. I was given the contact information for the HR staff and inquired about any possible internship positions available for the summer.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

During summer 2011, I worked as an intern in the Library & Research department of White & Case LLP International’s headquarters in New York City. My primary job was to complete competitive intelligence research by compiling Pro Bono and Year-End Reports of top law firms into a firm-exclusive database. In addition, I was able to assist in several research requests for partners while working on litigation cases. This included research on the New York Stock Exchange and various other legal encyclopedias. I was also fortunate enough to attend training sessions with the firm’s summer associates. In these sessions I became well-acquainted with legal research services such as Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg.

“This experience allowed me to see a possible outcome and career path to devoting yourself to your education and putting forth your best academic efforts.”

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience taught me that hard work and determination can get you where you would like to be. I was able to talk with many of the attorneys and summer associates who were dedicated to their studies and found that their efforts were what eventually got them to their current positions.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I plan to attend law school and hopefully focus on banking and financial legal studies. I would also like to complete a dual degree in order to receive my JD and my MBA. After law school, I would love to work for a large firm in New York City. This experience helped me confirm that I do want to attend law school and practice finance law in the New York market.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend this, or any internship, experience to other Liberal Arts students. I feel as though it is one of the best ways for someone to explore a possible career path and gain first-hand insight into the actual operations of a company or career position.

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