LAWS3308/JURD7308 UNSW Law Internship

Student: Sam Emery

What did you enjoy most about the elective?
I had the amazing opportunity to intern at the Diplomacy Training Program. The experience itself was very valuable and I feel that I gained a great deal from it. The classes provide an opportunity to discuss what you have been doing and you really get a good impression of the experiences of other students taking internships at the other organisations . Gaining hands on experience is fantastic and you get to meet some inspirational and passionate people. Having access to a diverse array of internships whilst getting course credit is one of the things which sets UNSW Law apart.

What did you find most challenging?
Obviously you need to commit the time and effort into attending the internship, which is a significant thing to do for three months. In order to get the most out of the experience you need to stay motivated and get through the inevitable parts where you are not always feeling engaged. On the other hand, there are times when the pressure is on and you wish you could be there more days a week to make more impact. Trying to reflect on the experience in the notes can be a challenge. Just listing what you have done is not enough, in the same way as just showing up to the internship is not enough. You get out of the experience what you put in

How will this course be relevant in the future?
You have the opportunity to work with people who are in the field, making a difference in the lives of people in Australia and abroad. Having experience is invaluable in today’s market, so you gain so much from this opportunity. You have the chance to gain skills in a variety of different areas (I learnt how to edit websites for example). If you are interested in research and making connections with practitioners, then doing an internship such as this can really open up opportunities for your future. One of the other great things is that you have the chance to make mistakes in a supportive environment without losing your job and to learn whether or not you actually want to work in public interest organisations in the future.