I participated in the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program during the summer of 2011, after my first year of law school. I couldn’t be more satisfied with my JIOP experience as a judicial intern for the Hon. Samuel Thumma. The internship not only improved my research and writing skills, but it also exposed me to courtroom litigation in a busy trial court with a heavy docket. Moreover, the close relationship I developed with Judge Thumma was invaluable for my personal and professional development.
JIOP undoubtedly helped to foster my professional growth during law school, and after graduation as well. My JIOP experience would invariably come up during interviews and during conversation at networking events. Employers frequently recognized the value of being a judicial intern, and often commented on what a great opportunity it was for a law student to have. Judge Thumma, who was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals shortly after my internship, has frequently acted as a professional reference on my behalf for subsequent job applications. Specifically, Judge Thumma’s “glowing” recommendation was a significant factor in securing my current position as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.
While participating in the program, I was also able to network with other JIOP participants and JIOP alumni in the local legal community. I met many new friends and connected with local professionals by attending the numerous networking events that were organized by JIOP administrators. All of the JIOP participants that I spoke to also had a positive experience in the program.
I recommend JIOP to any law student who wants to gain valuable courtroom exposure and the opportunity to develop a lasting mentor-mentee relationship with a highly respected judge. It is my hope that JIOP will continue to grow and continue to have a positive impact on the personal and professional development of law students across the country.