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Liam: MPA

Liam completed an internship with the US Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser as a legal extern. Here is what he has to say about this experience:

What day-to-day tasks were part of this experience?


Attend office meetings, conduct legal research and writing on specific assigned topics, draft legal memos or other documents

What would have better prepared you for this internship?


Perhaps try and get to know (through LinkedIn, etc.) the lawyer in each of my offices. Since my internship was virtual, it would have ben helpful to get a better idea of each of their background before meeting them.

Was this experience a confirmation that you are going in the right direction, or a pivot to something else?


Confirmation. I have wanted to work in international law and foreign affairs for a long time. I had previous interned with the State Department and this just confirmed that I would love to work there.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

Yes! If you are lucky enough to be selected, you should do everything in your power to make it happen. This was an incredible experience.