Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
Please take a moment to read our updated TOS, Privacy Policy, and Forum Rules.

Shadow vs Intern

ivymaniaivymania Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
edited July 2012 in Princeton University
Shadow vs. Intern vs. Volunteer

Are the three pretty much the same in terms of what colleges look for?

I will be shadowing a lawyer next month for a few weeks, and I was just wondering if it would be worth spending all that time.

Or should I look for a place to volunteer/intern? Unfortunately...high school students cannot intern or volunteer at law firms. Will colleges know that and realize that shadowing may be the only option?
Post edited by ivymania on

Replies to: Shadow vs Intern

  • alexcuadalexcuad Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    I don't know man ... I'm officially a paid intern at a law office and I'm going to be a freshman next year. Of course, I'm doing this for the money/personal experience more than the resume/professional experience.

    What makes you think that HS students can't intern/volunteer at law firms?
  • ivymaniaivymania Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    Wow! That's really cool! If you don't mind my asking...what exactly do you do as a paid intern?
    All the interns at law firms iin my area are either law school students or paralegals. So...as a high school student I can't.
  • alexcuadalexcuad Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    I'm interning at an immigration lawyer's office. I do lots of translating, both on paper and face to face. I also do lots of research with past cases and new laws, etc. I'm the resident expert on Obama's new Deferred Action law, to the point where the lawyer comes to me and I advise him on whether a certain client is eligible. It's a pretty rewarding job, so far I've helped a few people stay in the US by getting political asylum, because, for example, if they returned to El Salvador, they would be raped/tortured/killed by gangs. I live in a really small town where we don't have a law school within 70 miles.
  • ivymaniaivymania Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    Dude that's awesome! It's great that you're doing that!

    Btw ...can anyone answer my other questions?
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    It's not as if there's a chart on the admissions wall that says "internship<volunteer<shadowing<flipping burgers at McDonalds"

    Each situation is different. YOU need to decide which of your options is the most interesting for you.

    But ultimately shadowing an atty is rather "meh" IMHO. If you were my kid, I'd say look elsewhere.
This discussion has been closed.