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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.
Under the circumstances of the internship having to be online, I think DLA really put the effort in to make sure the experience was as enjoyable as possible. They hosted a range of talks which gave an in depth feel of DLA as a whole and gave us the opportunity to connect with a range of other employees which was really enjoyable.
This insight was incredible for helping me to decide whether or not I wanted to pursue commercial law as a career. All the staff were friendly and it was lovely to see such a wide variety of students on the programme too. I left with connections and friends for life, and I've seen been selected to go on the Summer Internship with them too so I would strongly recommend the insight.
I thoroughly enjoyed the internship at DLA Piper, it was everything I'd hoped for and more. There is clearly so much time and effort put into creating the programme as you are given the opportunity to participate in so many worthwhile activities that allow you to showcase and improve upon your own skillset in a professional working environment.
The placement was really enjoyable for the whole three weeks! We went to London which was really fun as we had constant activities planned. Following this, we then went to the offices which we would be based at when training, which was very insightful too!
The Summer Internship at DLA Piper offered me the best three weeks of my professional life so far. I learnt a tremendous amount about the company's working culture, its people and its current business strategy. My favourite part was being challenged to perform at my very best every single day, combined with constant feedback the recruitment team gave me. Truly everyone was helpful at DLA Piper.
The scheme is thoughtfully organised. The first week is used as an induction to the firms' values and culture. As I applied to the Manchester office, I appreciated the first week being held in London (expenses paid for): it allowed all the interns to meet one another.