MADISON VAUGHN ’21
During summer break, the majority of college students spend their time working, relaxing with family and friends, doing research, or interning. This summer, Marisa Berner ’21, will experience her first paid internship in San Francisco, California at a company called Morrison and Forester LLP.
Morrison and Forester LLP is a world renowned law firm located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. They mostly practice corporate law, but also do various pro-bono work surrounding human rights. From mid-May to late August, Berner will be interning under the legal secretaries where she will complete tasks from helping the secretaries with organizing and filing to working alongside lawyers on their cases.
One of Berner’s family friends, who is a corporate lawyer for Morrison and Forester LLP in the Palo Alto office, was able to help her find available internships in the area. Berner immediately sent in her resume and cover letter, and she heard back from Morrison and Forester’s San Francisco office with a letter of interest. The interview was set up shortly after, and within a few short hours, she found out that she had gotten the position. Berner was ecstatic. “I remember the first thing I thought was I had to call my mom and tell my friends. I couldn’t believe I had gotten the internship and that I had heard back so quickly,” said Berner.
Berner currently plans to attend law school after her years at Trinity, which is what sparked her interest in an internship at a law firm. Her ideal job would be to work in human rights or family law, but she was interested to see the functions of corporate law. “By interning at a place like Morrison and Forester, I will be able to access and experience both corporate and human rights law at once. It will give me an opportunity to decide what kind of law practice I would ultimately would want to work in,” said Berner.
Through her internship at Morrison and Forester, Berner will have the opportunity to foster connections with lawyers in the Bay Area and gain first-hand experience as to what it’s really like to be a lawyer. She also hopes to gain more experience within the legal system and receive a better understanding of how it works.
If you are interested in pursuing a summer internship like Berner’s, Trinity’s Career Center is a great resource for students.