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Internship experience valuable to students and employers

Each semester, more than 50 interns are placed with local firms and businesses. The internship program is a required component of the Day Program at the University of San Diego.

Ian Minor recently completed a paralegal internship at Henry Haddad & Associates through the USD internship program.

While students benefit from on-the-job training, employers cite the benefit of screening potential employees and the satisfaction in knowing they are contributing to the education of future paralegals.

Often the internship supervisor is a graduate of the USD Paralegal Program, so they are familiar with the student's expectations.

Mike Vega, a program graduate, supervises interns at Henry Haddad & Associates.

"Handling all kinds of cases from personal injury, contracts, or criminal law, the firm relies on the interns to perform serious, important and meaningful work," he said. "We expect the interns to have basic research skills, be well-organized and efficient writers. They must be able to quickly summarize cases and pull out the important information. This allows more time for the attorney and me to deal with more complex issues. Our interns do no clerical work."

Ian Minor recently completed his internship with Henry Haddad. He cites the research tasks as the most beneficial component.

"I performed intense research on a diverse group of topics, creating and filing pre-trial motions, and organizing cases into a manageable outline," Minor said.

He enjoyed being supervised by Vega and the paralegal tasks he was asked to perform.

If your firm is interested in learning more about the internship program at the University of San Diego, please contact JamieDeCoster at (619) 260-4579 or jdecoster@sandiego.edu.

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