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What My Internship as a Legal Assistant Taught Me

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This summer I completed an 11-week internship at a law office in Hartford, CT. While I never imagined myself working in the collection legal field, I gained a wealth of knowledge both professionally and personally. Here is what I learned this summer that I would have liked my younger self to know. 

  1. The 9-5 Balance

This was my first real exposure to the 9-5 office job world. I found comfort in the consistency of my routine. Every morning I woke up at 6 am and I could depend on being out of the office by 4 pm at the latest. However, consistency can also lead to your days blending with one another. I had to consciously choose to optimize my work time in order to optimize my personal time. Therefore, I would make plans for after work and the weekends to have something other than work to look forward to. 

  1. Ask Questions

At first, it was daunting to ask questions. However, when asking questions, I found it easier to remember and master the solution to my problem. This ultimately made me more confident in my role. At the end of my internship, I was able to complete my tasks efficiently and independently. 

  1. Find the Positive in Every Experience

While being a legal assistant at a collection law firm is not my intended long-term career, it was interesting to learn the ins and outs of the consumer world. I often found myself reflecting on how the knowledge I gained at my internship could be used in my personal life. This internship has r changed my approach to my personal financial decisions and will likely influence me for the rest of my life. 

This summer I learned that jobs and internships are more than just filling an empty space on a resumé. When we reflect on these experiences, they become valuable in shaping who we are, how we think, and what we do next. Needless to say, I am very excited about what internship or experience I find myself in next summer.

Layla Ennis

Lafayette '23

Campus Correspondent Junior at Lafayette College
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