Learning in the classroom is important, but learning in the real world is critical. The Department of Legal Studies provides students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class through interning.
Internships provide students the chance to learn alongside working professionals in order to make connections and gain experience that will give them an edge when applying for law school or applying for jobs.
It’s not only what you know, but also who you know, so don’t miss out on an invaluable opportunity.
Mariah Creech is a senior who will be graduating with degrees in legal studies and social sciences (journalism, political science and sociology). After working hard at her internship with Deborah Poindexter, P.A., Creech was hired as a legal assistant. Upon graduating, she wants to attend law school in the Washington, D.C.area, working as a paralegal throughout and eventually begin a career in politics. "Specifically, I'd like to work in legislation, and I'm counting on a background in law and social sciences to make me a receptive and modern representative. I’m mostly interested in social issues and civil rights, but also hold an interest in family law, like the office I am working in now as a legal assistant."
Tara Bresky is a junior pursuing a degree in legal studies and participated in an internship at The Chidolue Law Firm, PLLC. After working hard all semester, Bresky was offered a job in the firm.
Alex A. Alvarado is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing a bachelor's degree in legal studies. Alvarado has experience working in Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Representative and in a local district office with another U.S. Representative. Currently, Alvarado is interning with Rutledge Ecenia, P.A. in Tallahassee in the government affairs and lobbying department.
Elizabeth “Liz” Santiago is a psychology major with a minor in legal studies. Liz is assigned to the domestic violence and family law litigation unit, being supervised by legal studies alumna Attorney Tenesia (Connelly) Hall,’98. Hall says, “Liz is amazing! I only wish that I could have her full-time. In addition to being my mentee throughout her internship, Liz will learn more about legal aid, legal services, the practice of law, law office and career management, professionalism, and ethics.” Santiago describes her internship as incredible opportunity: “It seems as though every day I go to intern, I leave feeling like the happiest person in the world.”