Daniel Miro-Chinea.

Gulfcoast Legal Services - St. Petersburg, FL

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

I’ll never forget the moment I had to say goodbye to my first best friend. Neighbors and friends from birth, we were basically identical growing up. The only difference was that he was an immigrant and I, a U.S. citizen. At the age of six, with an expired visa and loss of a job, he and his family were forced to leave the country. This was the first time I observed the effects of immigration policy. Since then, I have been intrigued by how to combine my interest in law with serving the immigrant population. Serving as an intern for Gulfcoast Legal Services will allow me to explore the intersection of law, immigration, and human trafficking.

When I began my internship search, I quickly realized that most internship programs in the legal field were geared towards students enrolled in law school. As an undergraduate student interested in a career in law, I determined my best option was to “create” my own internship. I researched and reached out to various different organizations, companies, and firms that aligned with my interests and ultimately Gulfcoast Legal Services was the best fit. After building a connection with an attorney from the organization and with my experience from the Volunteer Lawyers Project, I was offered a summer position typically reserved for law students and paralegals.

As an intern at Gulfcoast Legal Services, I will have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in legal research, client interactions, drafting legal documents, and experience both the preparation and responsibilities of an attorney in court proceedings. Furthermore, although I will be dealing primarily with immigration, domestic violence, and human trafficking law, this internship will be a significant and advantageous introduction to what a career as an attorney in the legal field might look like. The Bowdoin Career Planning Funded Internship Grant would allow me to undertake an internship rarely available to undergraduate students, gain valuable skills, and explore a field I am very interested in.

Project Details

  • Date September 22, 2017
  • Tags 2017, Law, Preston, Sophomore, USA

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