Bates White's internship program was geared to help me grow as a professional. Over the summer, I developed both tangible and intangible skills that lend themselves to a diverse array of careers. The assignments I received were on par with those of full-time employees, and were both engaging and challenging, and unlike some other internships, there was plenty of work for interns. Over the course of the summer, there were exceptionally few times (perhaps a few hours in total) when I did not have meaningful work. In particular, the case study, in which the interns were split into opposing teams and given a simplified case to work on, was especially useful in seeing an entire case unfold, given that most cases the firm deals with last longer than the internship program.
The people at Bates White also were committed to helping me grow in ways that were not directly related to my job. Practically everyone in the office, regardless of position and seniority, was willing to take significant time to discuss topics from various graduate degrees to other cases for which the firm was engaged – something I took advantage of on multiple occasions.
The community at Bates White is also without rival. People are quite amiable - and not just to the interns - and develop friendly relations that reach beyond the walls of the office. The collegiate atmosphere makes the day-to-day work much more enjoyable, and makes working as a team much more seamless. Additionally, there are numerous "extracurricular" activities employees participate in, from basketball to baking club, that help make for a more relaxed office environment fun and bring everyone closer together.
Bates White invests heavily in the many events that go along with the summer internship program. Events from a Chesapeake Bay sailing trip to bowling to the many dinners -- usually geared to meeting people in more senior levels of the firms -- allowed me to learn more about Bates White, bond with my fellow interns, and establish connections with people whom I did not work with day-to-day at the firm.
As part of this collegiate environment, Bates White was committed to sustaining a high quality of life for the interns. Bates White firmly did not want me, or any of the other interns, to work late into the night, and the hours were quite flexible.
Finally, it’s noteworthy that Bates White devotes so many resources to its interns because it enters the summer with the attitude that it truly wants to bring them back full-time.
There were no substantial aspects of the internship I did not like.
Advice to Potential Interns
If you come in with an eagerness to learn, tackle new challenges, and work in a collegiate and collaborative environment, you'll succeed.