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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Summer internship secured!

Today I interviewed for, was offered, and accepted a summer internship with Oregon Public Broadcasting -- the PBS of Oregon. I will be working in the very small legal department, which consists of an attorney, a paralegal, and two interns (which will include myself). I'm stoked about it.

I ultimately decided this would be a better choice than the Germany study abroad/internship gig that I had been considering earlier. That was a sweet sounding program, but the hitch was that the credits for the internship portion of that program wouldn't transfer to my school, but I would still have to pay the tuition price for it. So in effect I would have been paying thousands of dollars for the opportunity to volunteer without getting any school credit. That made me decide that if I was going to do the program, I would only do the classroom portion, since those credits would transfer. But then I wouldn't be getting any career experience, only more classroom experience, albeit in an exciting location. Altogether, it didn't seem like the best choice when all the cards were on the table.

At OPB, on the other hand, I will get the opportunity to actually do some legal research and drafting, and possibly even work with clients. Plus, it's exactly the area of law I hoped to get into when deciding to come to law school -- media/entertainment IP -- so it will be a great place to get my feet wet. Besides, staying in Portland over the summer will help me forge some local ties and add credibility to my assertion that I want to stay here for my career.

I'm really excited for the internship opportunity. It feels great to have my summer plans settled so I can fully concentrate on the rest of my very busy semester.

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Dena said...

Congrats! I'm only familiar with OPB because Rick Steves is the bombdiggity.

B.R. said...

Herzlichen Gluckwunsch!
This sounds like a solid opportunity for you. How exciting to learn more about IP law in the work force!

Sra said...

Rick Steves is the bombdiggity, yes.

This should be good. I'm currently applying to get school credit for my internship too, so it could be doubly beneficial.

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