When I was a sophomore in high school, I remember sitting at my computer and reading off-term entries from Dartmouth lacrosse players. Now that I am the one writing, I cannot express how grateful and genuinely happy I am having this opportunity. Other juniors on the team have written about their experiences around the country and over seas. I am, however, spending my off-term residing in my home state of New York, on the best island this country knows, Long Island. This fall I have been working as a Legal Assistant intern at Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York City.
Everyday has been an endeavor of responsibilities. I am working with important documents and cases each day that require my utmost attention. Projects vary anywhere from creating a deposition binder to having to send out documents to every Attorney General’s office in the country before a shipping deadline. Frequently assignments are changed and tweaked at the last minute requiring immediate and quick responses on our end. Luckily, I am working alongside another intern from Dartmouth, Lane Zuraw ’15. The two of us have been able to tackle large assignments together especially when a deadline is sooner than we were expecting.
Although I spend most of my day engulfed in projects that are time-sensitive for the attorneys involved, I have found that the most valuable part of this internship so far is seeing first-hand, and partially experiencing first-hand, what a career in litigation law entails. The opportunity to speak with some attorneys at Davis Polk about their decisions to head down the path of law has allowed me to acquire a perspective I previously did not have.
Thinking forward, with two months here under my belt and six weeks remaining at Davis Polk, I have never felt more prepared to go back to Dartmouth and begin the 2013-14 season with my team. At Dartmouth so far, I have definitely honed an adequate skill-set from being a student-athlete. Interning at Davis Polk, however, is allowing me to become a more cognizant and attentive person in such a way I could not have learned at school or on the field.
In addition to the growing experiences I have had from my internship, appearing before me this fall was an opportune time period to spend with my family. Being away at school for the past two years with only short breaks in between each term, the time I am spending with them now is invaluable. On weekends we have made trips to the Hamptons to go apple and pumpkin picking and have traveled to downtown New York City to devour some of our favorite Italian food at the San Gennaro Festival.
I luckily was able to visit Dartmouth once over Homecoming and again to see the team play in a fall ball scrimmage. The little taste of Dartmouth that I received from those two short visits brought on a strong awareness of my love for this school and reinstated the excitement I have to return back for winter term. I am looking forward to our first game in February already!
- Jessica Venturino ’15