• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

DLA Piper's 2021 UAE Summer Internship (Vacation Scheme) program ran virtually for 1 week in June (21 June 2021 - 25 June 2021), and was shortened from an initial 3 weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It entailed the opportunity to undertake work experience placements in different practice groups in the firm's Dubai office, and also included a range of assessed tasks. Through participating in the Summer Internship, I also had the opportunity to be assessed for a place on the firm’s 2023 International Graduate Programme (Training Contract).


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • Daily tasks were quite varied. Initial stages of the internship entailed induction style events, networking and social events, and presentations about the firm. Towards the middle of the week, we were assigned our assessed tasks, and a great deal of time was spent on preparing for the same. However, throughout the scheme, we were afforded office-specific networking sessions as well as practice-based and non-legal insights into various aspects of DLA Piper's global business.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • By partaking in the virtual internship, I developed a host of skills. Firstly, I was able to polish up my networking and social skills, especially considering the virtual environment that the scheme took place in. Secondly, I was also able to develop my commercial awareness through the various practice area and office specific insight sessions that the firm help. In particular, the sessions with the managing partners of each of the offices were very insightful.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • There was significant business insight provided throughout the internship. In particular, the firm held presentations and direct meetings with the graduate development manager to enlighten us further about its international graduate program. The firm sought to provide in-depth insight into the same, through a presentation and a Q&A session, and explained every facet of the prospects of joining the firm beyond the internship. In a nutshell, the firm strived to provide long-term career insights.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The culture was simply amazing! This was evident from day 1, when the managing partner met with the entire internship cohort. He was extremely friendly and approachable, and made sure to answer as many questions as possible. Everybody else at the firm, from the various graduate recruitment team members, to the various partners, associates, and trainees, were all so very friendly and welcoming, and wanted all the candidates to succeed as well.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I very thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the level of insight we were given into the firm. Throughout the 5 days, there was absolutely no time when I felt that I wasn't learning more about the firm. Furthermore, it was not insight that you could simply read on the internet, it was very specific and personal information that was given out, which could only have been experienced by having interacted with the firm.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at DLA Piper
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend DLA Piper to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to DLA Piper
  • Firstly, research the firm as much as possible, and find out what makes DLA Piper unique, as well as what makes you a great fit for the firm. Secondly, be confident throughout the process, and have faith in the efforts that you have put in yourself. Finally, enjoy the internship, make long lasting connections, and have fun.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


30th June 2021

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