I have just completed my internship at the Florida State Attorney’s Office, and my division gave me an amazing send-off of a cake and tons of breakfast foods. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to intern here and meet so many amazing people, and I was sad to leave.
Prior to the internship, my ultimate goal was to apply to philosophy PhD programs after undergrad, and then (hopefully) secure a university job after. If, for some reason, this did not work out, my “backup” plan was to go to law school. After the internship, I still have the same ultimate goal of pursuing a PhD rather than law school after graduation, but I look at a career in law completely differently. Before, this internship, I thought that if I went to law school, that I would be ‘selling out’ in some way, by not pursuing the subject I love and instead going for the career path with better financial prospects. After working at the SAO, I no longer look at a career in law as a backup or as selling out, but instead as another great option. There is so much real-world good that one can do in law, especially public law, that I am confident that I can find a path in law that would be extremely fulfilling. So, although this internship did not necessarily change my career plans, it certainly changed the way that I view a career in law.
Thanks for reading this summer! My internship was awesome and I recommend that anyone with any interest consider an internship at their respective State Attorney’s Office!