The Barbara Rosenthal Summer Internship Program at Day Pitney LLP (high school students) 



Day Pitney's Barbara Rosenthal Summer Internship Program (the "Program") provides an opportunity for a rising diverse student in the junior or senior year of high school to experience working in a law firm during six weeks of the summer. The Program is named in memory of the firm's former executive director, Barbara Rosenthal, whose legacy inspires its spirit and purposes: (1) to expose diverse youth to a law firm and the corporate experience; (2) to help prepare them for corporate and community leadership; and (3) to provide a pipeline for minority students to enter the legal profession.

Program Core Curriculum

The Program curriculum includes two main components:

First, the Intern will work with some of the administrative departments at the firm. Working with the various departments will help the Intern learn how the law firm operates and understand the business functions of administrative areas including: the Human Resources Department, the Legal Recruiting and Diversity Department, the Professional Development Department, the Finance Department and Firm Administration. Directors and Managers in of these Departments will monitor the Intern’s workload and assignments.

Second, as appropriate, the Intern will participate in internal firm meetings and programs, including with the Day Pitney Summer Apprentices (law students working for the Firm as law clerks over the summer). The meetings will include training sessions and informational practice group meetings that are designed to give both the Intern and the Summer Apprentices exposure to the substantive areas of law in which the Firm practices.

Mentoring

The Intern will be assigned a mentor, who is a first-year attorney. The mentor will assist the Intern in integrating into the Firm during the Program term and who will offer support and serve as a designated resource for any questions or issues that may arise.

Hiring Process, Selection Criteria, Wages, and Terms and Conditions of Employment

Highly qualified and motivated diverse students from Hartford, CT area and Parsippany, NJ area high schools are encouraged to apply. Relatives of current Day Pitney partners or employees are not eligible to be hired as an Intern.

The Intern will work sixteen-to-twenty hours per week for the six-weeks beginning on Monday, June 30, 2014 and concluding on Friday, August 8, 2014 on a mutually agreed-upon pre-arranged schedule (e.g., 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or Monday through Thursday). The Intern will be paid $10.00 per hour for all time worked, with appropriate and lawful deductions taken from his or her pay. As a seasonal/temporary employee, the Intern will not be benefits-eligible.

To be eligible to be hired as an Intern, interested students must demonstrate and provide the following:

  • The Intern candidate should be a member of the Class of 2015 or Class of 2016 and at least 16 years of age on the date the Program is scheduled to start.
  • The Intern candidate must submit an application packet that includes:
    • a completed Day Pitney employment application - click here to download.
    • a copy of his or her most recent high school transcript
    • letters of recommendation from two individuals not related to the student or to a Day Pitney partner or employee
    • a personal essay explaining why he or she would like to be selected for the Program and explaining his or her interest in pursuing a career in law 
    • consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian evidencing consent should the candidate be selected as an Intern - click here to download.

After soliciting application packets from Hartford, CT area and Parsippany, NJ area high schools, the Directors supporting the program will meet to select Intern candidates to be interviewed. Candidates will be interviewed with the goal of selecting an Intern with the following qualifications: at least a 3.0 GPA, very strong written recommendations, an excellent essay and strong interpersonal skills.

Program Application

Applicants should direct their application packets, postmarked or e-mailed no later than close of business on Thursday, May 1, 2014, to:

For Hartford, CT applicants:
Jill Little
Legal Recruitment Manager
Day Pitney, LLP
242 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

E-mail: jlittle@daypitney.com
T: (860) 275 0468
F: (860) 424 4796

For Parsippany, NJ applicants:
Marilyn Olivo
Legal Recruitment Manager
Day Pitney, LLP
One Jefferson Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

E-mail: molivo@daypitney.com
T: (973) 966 8318
F: (973) 206 6747