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Really enjoyed the virtual internship. I was able to make great connections, not only with other students, but partners and associates - particularly helped by the personal buddy that i was able to contact before the internship and during it. The presentation was challenging but a good way to improve my skills and work as a team.
Especially considering the short turn around to making the scheme virtual, the graduate recruitment team did and excellent job. The week was well planned, and we got to hear from a wide range of members of the DLA team, from trainees to partners and members of the executive board, through many informative and inspirational talks. It was incredible to see how involved senior management was involved throughout the whole process. There was a good amount of time given to trying to get to know fellow interns, particularly the the group task and in the office specific sessions.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual internship. Of course the internship was intended to be a longer three week in-person experience, but the Graduate Recruitment team ensured that activities contained as much intimacy and camaraderie as possible in a virtual set up. The speakers and group exercises were so engaging that without the light that indicated that I was in the middle of a zoom call existing, I probably would have forgotten that we weren't all in a room together.
I really enjoyed undertaking the virtual experience programme. We had the opportunity to hear from a range of fee earners across the business, as well as the executive team. Graduate Recruitment were very welcoming and reassuring every morning - and the Q&A sessions felt really relaxed. Everything was so well planned and executed, from our trainee buddies to our group allocations! Even though I was sat on my desk in my bedroom for 5 days I felt as though I had spent an actual week at the firm!
Thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience! The talks, introductions and activities were all conducted with great energy and enthusiasm. The week was also the right balance of time on 'Zoom' and actual practical work with teams. I'm very glad to have been able to also work in groups and managed to make friends on the virtual internship!
I enjoyed it very much, while it was conducted in a virtual format as all law firm vacation schemes have been this year, we were able to listen to very senior figures within the firm (Global Co-CEO, London Managing Partner and London Training Partner), as well as a wide range of talks on practice areas and many other aspects (diversity, responsible business, pro bono). A virtual vacation scheme is not ideal, but it was certainly well planned and I appreciate the Graduate Recruitment team doing their best to make it informative for us.
Even though it was virtual, it was really well organised. We had talks from many senior members of the team and I learnt so much about the firm. We gave presentations at the end of the week, which was a great experience, even over Zoom. I didn't think it would be a good experience, but it ended up being a really enjoyable week.
The firm ran sessions with people all the way from current trainees to the Global Co-CEO, so I enjoyed the range of perspectives on offer and the effort that was made to adapt the programme to the present circumstances. Even though we couldn't meet in person, the social activities e.g. pub quiz were also a good way of building rapport.
The internship at DLA Piper was a thoroughly engaging experience. I was able to learn a lot about not only the business but the commercial sector in general. Every member of staff was willing to support you. At the start of the week the group project on the scheme felt a little overwhelming but with the help of your buddy and other members of your group you are able to create something you are proud of.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience and found the experience to be very engaging. At no point did I feel bored or did it feel repetitive. I think Grad Rec did a great job at adapting the normal Summer Internship format to a virtual one. There were a variety of sessions to get involved in which made it such an enjoyable experience.
It was great to be put in contact with so many other applicants in the same position as me, despite the internship having to occur virtually. I feel that my knowledge of the firm has increased a lot and everyone who spoke to us was insightful and passionate, which I found really inspiring.
The vacation scheme was conducted in trying circumstances, with the COVID pandemic and the quick switch to virtual, but the graduate recruitment team made it a thoroughly enjoyable and personable experience. It was organised immensely well, with fascinating talks from senior partners and from junior trainees, as well as the opportunity to meet fellow interns and engage in group projects. It was a shame that we couldn't meet each other and the firm in person, but given the circumstances, it was amazing.
I really enjoyed it! It was so well managed, and the team made it feel as natural and comfortable as possible, providing lots of opportunities to meet different students on the vacation scheme and different lawyers across the firm. Furthermore, the group project we were set was interesting and it was fun to get to know other members of the vacation scheme.
I enjoyed the Virtual Internship very much, I could really tell that DLA Piper had put a lot of time and effort into making sure we could meet as many people from the firm as possible despite it having to be virtual! I definitely gained a true insight into the firm culture.
The virtual vacation scheme was a very enjoyable and interactive experience. We got insights into the firm's departments, its people and its values. All the sessions were very engaging and there were opportunities to ask questions. I particularly liked the office-specific networking event, allowing us to directly engage with different departments.
Having undertaken the scheme last year in person, I believe the Graduate Recruitment have done a fantastic job of reformatting it and ensuring there are enough assessments and interactions to make it a worthwhile and beneficial experience.
Considering the internship was originally meant to be a 3-week vacation scheme in the DLA Piper offices, I was worried about how the internship would progress and whether I would get the insight I thought I would have gotten from an in-person internship. However, I think that the programme has exceeded my expectations as I have been given exposure to multiple aspects of the firm which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Of course, there still remain opportunities I would have liked to have experienced in the office but nonetheless, I can safely say that the internship was extremely enjoyable.
Considering it was supposed to be an in person experience that they had to chance, it was of great quality. It was ran smoothly, well thought out whilst being enjoyable and interesting. Although being online wasn’t ideal, the teams had gone to great effort to make it the best it could be.