Upon learning that Pinsent Masons’ 2020 Dublin summer internship was being held virtually rather than the usual in-office experience, I was concerned of gaining a less valuable experience, partly due to the lack of personal interaction of the usual programme. However, once we were briefed on the planned structure of the internship, that disappointment quickly turned into excitement at the prospect of learning how to work remotely and gaining the skills to do so effectively. The realisation that this was an invaluable opportunity quickly became apparent.
Connectivity was at the heart of Pinsent Masons’ virtual summer internship. Between seven interns, there was seven different office spaces but one communal workspace. The graduate recruitment and the IT teams were there to help us with the smallest of confusions. Despite being physically remote from my team, I felt very close to my co-workers who were only a call or ‘screen’ away at any one time. Our support groups were active and engaging, encouraging us to source work and helping us to complete it to the best of our ability. We were also shown first hand how the firm truly operates as one globally, despite the wide international spread of its offices.
The culture and values of the firm shone through the various conference calls, jabber messages and presentations and the workflow never stalled. Social activities were also not forgotten about. Despite various government restrictions, we still had the chance to participate in virtual escape rooms, online sessions with the trainees and virtual team quizzes.
As a result of this experience I have without a doubt amassed a wealth of practical agile working skills. The effort the firm put into bringing the internship to fruition, despite a global pandemic is admirable. It is a great example of the truly adaptable nature of Pinsent Masons where innovation is at the core of its business operation, which will undoubtedly let it stand out in the coming years. I would implore anyone thinking of applying for the summer internship at Pinsent Masons to do so despite whatever pandemic or global incident may be occurring in the background. The firm provided me with a stellar experience despite the incidence of Covid-19 and no doubt will be able to deliver the same to others.
Written by Maebh Gallagher