Student Success - The Impact of Internships – and Interns

Student Success - The Impact of Internships - and Interns

Emily Simpson, a WSSU senior, took on an internship first semester at Wells Liipfert, a Winston-Salem law firm that was fairly new in the community, but had well-seasoned attorneys in the firm.  As a political science major with a focus on public administration, Simpson decided the internship would be helpful to her career.

Emily Simpson"The internship has allowed me to get hands-on training in a field I am interested in," Simpson said.  "In fact I love it and enjoy it so much, that I have maintained my internship in the second semester even though it is not required."

Simpson said the opportunity had helped her distinguish between the practice of law and the administrative side of law.

"I have the opportunity to go to the courthouse weekly, work with paralegals to draft documents and witness document signing," Simpson explained.  "I also help with the newsletter and I email information on meetings and seminars and that includes following up with participants.  I'm just surprised that I am allowed to do as much as I do and so pleased that they trust me."

Mike Wells, a partner in the firm, has been ecstatic with Simpson's work and her work ethic.  While Wells has been an attorney and a community leader in Winston-Salem for many years, Wells Liipfert is a relatively recent endeavor for him and his partners.

"Emily has exceptional skills, including a deep computer systems knowledge and a strong work ethic," Wells said.  "She is very organized focused.  In fact, she is just a great young person and is, without question, such a positive and impressive 'foot forward' for our new firm."

Simpson, who will graduate in May, said that the internship had provided her with depth that you just cannot get in the classroom.

"Internships should be required," she said.  "You don't know what you want to do until you do.  Plus this hands-on training is going to be so beneficial after graduation."

In an effort to provide a great internship opportunity and to maintain the connection between WSSU and Wells Liipfert, Simpson has recruited another student to take her place following graduation.  Kyle Brown, a rising senior and incoming president of the WSSU Student Government Association, will be filling Simpson's spot this summer and for the next school year.

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