Diversity Committee High School Intern Summer Program
The Nashville Bar Association is seeking the best and brightest diverse high school students for participation in the Diversity Committee's 2017 Summer Intern Program. Law firms, corporate legal departments, and government offices are asked to hire one or more students to serve as runners, filing clerks, or administrative assistants.
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 21. You may download the application and email to Traci Hollandsworth or mail to her attention at the NBA office. Questions? Call Traci directly at 615-630-7050.
The Diversity Committee’s primary focus is the promotion of opportunities for racial minorities in the Nashville Bar Association and the community. As the Diversity Committee, efforts have been expanded to encompass diversity and inclusion based on other characteristics within the Nashville legal community. Toward that end, the goal of the committee will be to implement programs that: provide employment opportunities, assist with career development and professional advancement, and increase the number of diverse students attending and successfully completing law school.
The program is beneficial to students interested in a legal career as it will provide students with (i) direct and immediate access to the legal field; (ii) a paid 7-week internship with a legal employer; (iii) unparalleled networking opportunities with career-minded peers and lawyers; and (iv) mentors in the legal community.
The program is open to diverse students who will graduate in May 2017, and also those who will enter the 12th grade in the Fall of 2017. Candidates for internship positions must demonstrate their abilities and commitment to the program by meeting the following criteria:
- Submission of a Program Application, including a written essay based on the mission of the committee, demonstrating the applicant's goals; the topic of the essay should be "Why is diversity important in a professional work environment? What are your career goals? How do you think the 2017 Summer Intern Program will help you achieve your goal?
- Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or prior employers;
- Maintenance of a solid "C" average or better in school and a good attendance record;
- An interview with the Program Selection Committee; and
- An interview with the prospective Employer (if requested by the Employer).
Interns will be expected to work approximately six to eight hours every workday from June 5 through July 21, 2017. Interns should be paid between $7.25 and $8.25 an hour. The program will include an orientation session that will introduce students to each other, the NBA’s Diversity Committee, and the law office environment. Students will have an opportunity to share their internship expectations, review their internship schedule, and activities before beginning their work assignments.
In addition, the NBA will sponsor a "Lunch and Learn" session for interns each Friday during the program. The purpose of these sessions is to provide opportunities for the students to learn about the different facets of the legal profession. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Introduction to Law Partners and Associates
- Meet the Mayor
- Non-Firm Law Related Careers
- Sessions with Judges
- Visits to Law Schools
Committee members expect these sessions to last approximately one to two hours and will have representatives from law-related fields such as lawyers, judges, and court administrators speak at the sessions. The Committee also hopes to arrange tours of area courts for some sessions.