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The Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program works in concert with the BBF to provide Boston-area high school students with paid summer employment in area firms, businesses, non-profits and government agencies. Last year, funding from the BBF made non-profit and government jobs possible for 15 area students.

Meet a few Summer Jobs students whose jobs were supported by BBF funds.

BBF 2015 Students

  • Meet Deluisa

    The BBA Summer Jobs Program is all about helping Boston public school students to discover and develop their future career paths. For many students who go into it with dreams of becoming lawyers, the program can be an illuminating look at the legal profession; but students from all backgrounds, and with many different dreams for their futures, stand to gain from the program – sometimes in surprising and unexpected ways.

    Deluisa DePina came to the U.S. four years ago from Cape Verde and has been a student at Madison Park since. As a student at the vocational school, Deluisa has chosen a potential career path early on: she has been working in the nursing assistant program and learned about the medical profession firsthand at a young age.

    But working in that field is a lot more than just understanding medicine and health. “There is a legal, regulatory side that we started to learn about, and I decided I wanted to learn more about the law in the BBA Summer Jobs Program,” says Deluisa, who has also considered pursuing a legal career.

    So her placement at the Department of Public Health, a position funded by the Boston Bar Foundation, couldn’t have been more fitting. With her genuine interest and engagement with the subjects and cases that the DPH handles, Deluisa has shown herself a willing and capable intern.

    “Deluisa is really helping us to cover some of our administrative duties,” said her supervisor, Office Manager Catrice Williams. “And she has a very sunny disposition. I have received so much positive feedback about her and her work – the attorneys in the office are absolutely floored by what she can do, since she takes initiative and is so thorough. Having Deluisa here is a bright spot in our office.”

    And by being there, Deluisa also has the chance to learn not just about the legal profession as a whole, but how it and the medical and health fields intersect. “I do a little of everything in the office,” she explains, describing her tasks of entering guardianship files in the computer, delivering public records to the courts, creating indexes in the department’s library, and much more.

    “If I do end up being a paralegal,” she added, “this will give me the background knowledge and expectations of an office that I wouldn’t have known otherwise.”

    With plenty of time left to figure out her career path, Deluisa has a head start on valuable office experience through her Summer Jobs internship. “What a student can gain from a summer job like this depends on their career path. For Deluisa, who comes from a nursing program background, she’s learning more about the documentation we handle, the claims and complaints that are relevant to the medical profession, and the difference between a general legal career and a regulatory career,” Williams says.

    “It’s important that students have the chance to see an atmosphere that is concerned with the wellbeing of the public,” she adds; and with her chosen paths of the law and public health ahead of her, Deluisa is sure to contribute to that public wellbeing one way or another.

  • Meet Crystal

    Crystal has had a busy summer interning with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) at the Dorchester and West Roxbury Municipal Court Office. Her daily duties and responsibilities include opening and closing cases, working with bail only cases, filing, scanning, and fielding phone calls. Crystal is not overwhelmed by her duties and instead explains that she jumps in and “fills any holes where I am needed.” Crystal’s internship is one of the 15 BBA Summer Jobs positions funded by the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF). The BBF funds these internships not only to open up opportunities for Boston’s youth, but to also provide an extra set of hands where they are needed most– in government offices, non-profits and legal service agencies.

    “Crystal has been very helpful, answering phones and opening and closing criminal cases for the public defender’s office, among many other things,” says her supervisor, office administrative assistant Robin Allen-D’Abreau. “She is very detail oriented, which fits with the work we do very well. She is very smart and a great fit for our office.”

    At CPCS, Summer Jobs students are given substantial responsibilities, and Crystal has shined with her ability to pick up new skills, and handle detail-oriented tasks at a professional level.

    Robin encourages students in the Summer Jobs Program to get an early start on exploring their interests and passions. “I like to be able to help high school students. I like to encourage them to work here if they are interested in law. They can go into court and observe. I really appreciate being a position to introduce them to legal work.”

    Crystal is perfect example of getting an early start on exploring your career options. “I applied because I wanted to see my different options,” she said. “My two options right now are nursing and law. I want to work with children so if I do go into law, it will be working with juveniles or something in that area.”

    Next summer she plans to try out an internship in nursing, however so far she is enjoying work in the legal field. The highlight of Crystal’s summer has come from the opportunity to network and meet new people. According to Crystal the most valuable skill she has gained is “learning to communicate with people and learn what they need and what they need help with.”