I can't remember the exact amount I was paid. I think it was in the region of 350/week. And
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.
Obviously, as an intern we do not know anything about fee earning, so nobody will feel like they are the bees-knees. None of the team, be it trainees to partners, would look down at the interns. To the contrary, we were welcomed and given actual work we would do as a trainee. I also had a lot of questions: it was great to be able to ask them without feeling annoying!
(I gave an 8/10 as I would liked to have received more feedback on the tasks I did)
Everything was clearly explained, to the extent anyone could follow the guidance of where, when and what to do. Everyone liked this as we didn't have to worry about logistics. In relation to the work we were assigned the tasks were clearly explained by my supervisors. And as I mentioned above, I could ask as many questions without feeling like a pest.
One of the most important skills I need to develop is the ability to be very meticulous. I learnt it is better to take longer over a task and get it right than to fire it off to my supervisor in a few hours. I wanted to impress which is why I would try to work as quickly as possible, but then mistakes occur.
As I mentioned in the first question, the first week in London was a great idea. It showed that DLA Piper really care about its employees knowing each other (as opposed to being a global firm with disjoint-local offices).
Upon returning to Manchester for the last two weeks, there were a lot of events to encourage us to really get to know the other interns and employees at the firm. There was lots of alcohol, lots.
It was a great place to be. The people and work in the office are very infectious: I would enjoy staying and working in the office. It is a fab place to spend time, let alone get paid to do it.
The people that DLA Piper choose for the internship all have a lot going on in their lives, and are interesting and kind people. It made conversations among the other recruits very enjoyable.
All expenses paid for. Lots of presentations from important people (including the CEO!).
- Presentations: goals of the firm, values, culture, initiatives (pro-bono for charities), explanation of the roles of the people within the company.
- Social events
- Work: real trainee tasks
Everything paid for (travel, accommodation, and food stipend while in London)