Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Education: Teaching/Training/Lesson Planning
Student Name: Brian Pilchik
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Computer Science, Political Science
Minor: None
Position Title: Faculty Advisor
Hours: 112 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I taught law and trial concepts to groups of 16 high school students. We attended lectures with Stanford professors, and then broke out into smaller groups with the students to play improv games, review legal concepts, and prepare a mock trial case.

How did you find this internship?

As a member of Tufts Mock Trial, I was referred by a fellow mocker who not only recommended me for the position, but actually returned to work with me during the summer.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

The kids were by far the best part. I got to know dozens of pre-college students, some of whom wanted to apply to Tufts, and all of whom wanted to learn about law and trial.

What do you find challenging?

Working for a large corporation can be difficult. It was often challenging to work with instructions and decisions created by higher-up managers far away (geographically as well as metaphorically) from our day-to-day activities.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Put all of your energy into it. These conferences only ran for 10 days at a time, and although you're working from breakfast to bedtime, you'll really learn a lot more and feel a lot more connected to the students if you go all out.

About the Organization

LeadAmerica/Envision EMI
Stanford, California

LeadAmerica is one of the nation’s leaders in personalized experiential learning. We partner and collaborate with some of the top colleges and universities throughout the United States to offer college immersion programs designed to better prepare high school and middle school students academically and emotionally for the transition to college life and beyond.