I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience. There was a range of activity over the course of the week that I could engage with and use to develop my skills. I was able to interact with various members of the firm and understand more about their roles and passion for the company. Despite the week being online I had a well-rounded and engaging experience that was exceptionally well run and very enjoyable as reflected in my 9-star rating.
The virtual experience surpassed my expectations. Despite being apprehensive about the virtual format, I was instantly put at ease by the friendliness of the graduate recruitment team, who had worked so hard to make the virtual experience as seamless and helpful as possible. The opportunity to hear from different speakers across the firm on topics ranging from diversity to pro bono provided me with an in depth insight into DLA Piper. The opportunity to work with other interns in the Leeds office on a group task was also an amazing opportunity to get to know other interns really well, despite it being online.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience. I was unsure how the week would work given we were supposed to spend 3 weeks in DLA offices however I was very impressed with what the graduate team put together for us. Even though I was sat in my kitchen I genuinely felt like I was able to get a real feel of the kind of environment DLA Piper have created at their offices not only in Leeds but all over the globe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience. The highlights for me included meeting the managing partner and trainee partner at the regional office ( as well as all the trainees) and getting involved with the group project work. It was also interesting to hear about the new Dublin office as this was a new part of the International Graduate Programme. Although the experience was generally very good, I may have enjoyed it more had there been social events e.g. virtual escape room.
This was a week of webinars with a presentation at the end (due to COVID). I really enjoyed the first week, and felt that a lot of time and effort was put into ensuring that each one of us got the most out of the scheme. It was a real shame that there was less of an opportunity for one on one time, or proper work experience, as this would have been much more beneficial for my career.
It was a highly informative week long internship. The talks were very engaging and there were opportunities to ask partners of the firm, even holding the highest of management positions, any questions I had. Granted, due to the restrictions posed by holding the internship virtually, this opportunity was harder to come by but the speakers were more than happy for us to email any questions that did not get chosen during the session. The various tasks assigned to me were also highly enjoyable and intellectually simulating. They challenged my commercial awareness and developed my ability to think on my feet. Additionally, everyone at the firm was so friendly which created a very fun atmosphere during the course of the entire internship.
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship the internship at DLA Piper for a number of reasons. Due to Covid-19, the placement was moved from being 3 weeks in office to being 1 week virtually. Despite this, the Graduate Recruitment and Management Team put together a brilliant programme that was engaging and meant that I looked forward to each day. This is because they filled the week with a variety of activities from talks from various members of the company with interns from all offices, to group work, to sessions with the specific office we applied to. There was never a full moment as there was always something new to learn or do.
The internship was executed very well and was quite enjoyable. I received a breadth of information and talks from different areas of the firm. Although I lament the in-person scheme that should have been, the virtual experience was largely seamless and informative. The highlight of the scheme, at least in terms of talks, was the closing address by :::Sandra Wallace::: (Joint Managing Director, UK and Europe). :::Sandra's::: candour is unrivalled and her talk was inspirational.
The mixture of informative talks, partner presentations, Q&A sessions, office talks, social activities such as a quiz etc all allowed for a well balanced internship where I was able to learn a lot about the firm but also enjoy the process. Being able to (virtually) meet the fellow interns also made the internship enjoyable as we were able to socialise with other interns from the same office and also all of the other offices too.
It was unfortunate that the internship could not take place in the usual format this year, but the firm managed to provide an insightful, challenging, and fun experience in spite of this. I still had the opportunity to network with both my peers and various people from within the firm. I was able to get a good feel for the firm through the excellent talks arranged throughout the week. I enjoyed the activities, particularly the group pitch presentation.
I found the virtual internship highly enjoyable and engaging. The firm is really down to earth in its approach to even formal experiences such as the internship. The recruitment team were very welcoming and made everything as relaxed as possible and were extremely understanding when any issues came up either with scheduling for the assessments or technological malfunctions. The internship was stressful at times; however, as there were assessed components which were time-constrained. Nonetheless, the team and the assessors made things as comfortable as possible for us and were genuinely fun to interact with.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! Despite the internship being virtual instead of in person, the graduate recruitment team managed to deliver an amazing week! We were made to feel comfortable and welcome from the very first morning and i almost miss our daily zoom calls! We had a combination of regional specific sessions, quizzes and insight talks hosted by a wide range of senior management. Everyone at the firm was very approachable and friendly and could not recommend the firm enough. The culture of the firm was very apparent through graduate recruitment and it was really nice to see.
I thoroughly enjoyed the week! The talks that were given were very interesting, the people I met and spoke to were lovely, and you could tell the graduate recruitment team had really tried to make it as similar as possible to the non-Covid internship. I only have it 8 stars rather than 10 because it was virtual and I obviously would have enjoyed it more if we were able to all meet in person and have that first week in London together.
I thoroughly enjoyed my virtual experience at DLA Piper. Obviously it was a shame that we could not complete the three week scheme as originally planned. However, the graduate recruitment team did a fantastic job of making the most of a bad situation. Completing the scheme during the pandemic provided a good opportunity to learn about the firm's real culture. The effort that had gone into the scheme's planning indicated that DLA Piper truly values it current and future staff members. Everyone who spoke to us seemed genuinely kind and friendly. This was impressive given that all these conversations occurred over Zoom!