This week, the BBA kicked off its Summer Jobs program and sent 65 Boston public high school students out to their summer internships at area law firms, government organizations, and local nonprofits and businesses. It’s a great opportunity for them to experience the legal profession and gain valuable office skills.
With this in mind, BBA Week reached out and asked:
“What was your favorite summer job growing up?”
Brendan T. St. Amant – Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar LLP
“During high school, I was a sleepaway camp counselor for four summers in Connecticut. Sailing, swimming, s’mores, and spending money. That was the best.”
Joanna Allison – Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
“The summer before I began high school, I was employed by the high school as a “janitorial assistant.” I learned a great deal from the real janitor including how to do hard work with a grateful heart, how to ride on the floor buffer and how to be able to see in a pitch black gymnasium. Most exciting was my opportunity to go into the teachers’ lounge unhindered, a place entered by students only at risk of school suspension. Granted I found none of the objects of torture that students believed were hidden there, but I did learn they had soda and candy vending machines.”
Shane Early – City of Boston Office of the Corporation Counsel
“My favorite summer job was caddying at Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester. I was outside. I worked with a lot of fun people, and I was well paid. It was a great way to spend the summer.”
Stephanie Singer – WilmerHale
“After my senior year in high school, I worked at Borders bookstore, in the children’s department. I loved recommending books to customers – it was a chance to rediscover and share my enthusiasm for all of my favorite books from when I was a child. Plus they let employees borrow books for personal use, which was a great perk (especially since my town did not have a public library). It was a sad day when Borders shut down.”
Eric A. Haskell – Middlesex District Attorney’s Office
“The summer after I graduated from high school, I worked for the municipal finance department of the city where I grew up. Municipal finance wasn’t for everyone – I’d call it an acquired taste! But I had a terrific boss who gave me a lot of responsibility, and the value of public service stuck with me. And what I learned at that job continues to be helpful to this day, now that I serve as a volunteer member of my town’s advisory (i.e., finance) committee.”
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