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Are internships a good thing to do while in high school and in college ?

Asked Atlanta, Georgia

My mom has some friends in the legal field and they've offered me the opportunity to intern with them so I can get "a feel" for the practice but I don't want to pick up something I might not want to do.
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4 answers

Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas
Justaney, Abby's answer nailed it! This is an opportunity that should not be passed up. You will learn not only about law, but also about yourself. If you are seriously contemplating law, the thought of an internship might scare you away? Why? Because the role is glorified by the entertainment industry. Every job there is has both good and bad aspects, and knowing both sides can help you make the right decisions. However, if you do it and it is a bad experience, does not necessarily mean it is not for you. There is a lot of difference from one office to the next. Anyway, just give it a try! I bet you have fun! Kim

Melissa K.’s Answer

Updated New York, New York
Life is as much about figuring out what you don't want to do that will lead you down a path of what you do and do not enjoy, what you are and are not passionate about. Make a decision after you experience the internship.

JENNA’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas
I agree- internships are awesome ways to learn what you do and do not like about a particular field. You will not be forced to go into a career as a result, but it's a good way to get some exposure. I would make sure you are clear on the expectations for dress code, attendance, duties you will/will not be expected to perform, and if you will or will not be paid, and what you would like to get out of the experience. Do you want to go to court, work on a negotiation, prepare a document, etc.? If you go in with some specific goals, then you will have something to work toward, and that might help your confidence level as well.

Amira’s Answer


I agree with all the answers above. Internships are incredibly helpful. I'd encourage you to try the internship and be open to learning as much as you can while you are there. At the very least, you'll know more about what interests and inspires you. Like Jenna said, make sure you understand what is expected of you while you are there. Also, be clear about your schedule and when you can/can't be there. While you're there, ask questions and be as curious about the day-to-day as you are about the exciting meetings, court appearances, etc. That will help you get a well-rounded sense of the job.