Legal Intern - Summer 2020

Chicago, IL
Full TimeIntern
12-01-2019
Job #: REQ-2019-959

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Description:
SMS Assist is looking for a Legal Intern for our 2020 Summer Internship program!

The SMS Assist Summer Internship program is a full-time, paid opportunity that will run from June 8th –August 14th. An internship at SMS Assist will provide an opportunity to work with a fast-paced, growing company in Chicago’s vibrant technology scene. Each intern in our summer group goes through one week of training together as a cohort and are placed in one of our departments, where they’ll spend around 75% of their time throughout the summer. The other 25% is spent engaging in intern-specific activities and learning opportunities, such as executive lunch & learns, personal development workshops, and access throughout the company for informational interviews. During the internship, the program interns will work together on an SMS Assist business case and they will present their findings and ideas at the conclusion of the internship for SMS Assist leadership and other key team members. Of course, we have some fun social events thrown in there as well!

Core Responsibilities of the Legal Intern
  • Gain hands-on experience by working on complex and diverse projects with SMS Assist attorneys
  • Support the Legal team in providing legal research and analysis on various assignments
  • Assist in litigation management, which may include: attending court proceedings, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, negotiating settlement, and/or preparing associated memoranda and briefs
  • Participate in transactional matters, which may include: reviewing complex commercial agreements, preparing and drafting nondisclosure agreements, and analyzing customer and vendor contracts
  • Engage across the business by inter-departmental connections with an eye toward understanding processes, functions, and impact on risk analysis and mitigation strategies
  • Assist the Legal team with departmental planning
  • Take pride in developing innovative process designs for the Legal team work flow

Key Competencies of the Legal Intern
  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills
  • Commitment to corporate legal work
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • Entrepreneurial, “can do” attitude
  • Resourceful and innovative

Education and Experience
  • Must be a rising 2L or 3L in an ABA-accredited law school
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship now or in the future (we are unable to hire on F1 or OPT visas at this time for our summer program)
  • Coursework in contracts, torts, and business law
  • Traits: Attention to detail, ability to work under pressure

Job Classification
  • This is a full time, non-exempt position
  • The schedule for this position is Monday- Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • The SMS Assist Summer Internship program is a full-time, paid opportunity that will run from June-August. An internship at SMS Assist will provide an opportunity to work with a fast-paced, growing company in Chicago’s vibrant technology scene. At SMS Assist, the internship program is about developing yourself while having a real, memorable, and fun career experience.

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