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Today’s Quote: Paralegal Intern and Wood Chopper

Ah, I love th’ Craigslist. This ad for a paralegal intern in Santa Clara, California describes the unpaid internship offered as follows:

A way to understand this internship is through an analogy of creating a fire in a fireplace with the intent of warming a room. Before you can sit back and enjoy the fire, you will first have to go out and locate the wood, chop the wood, carry it into the house, put it in the fireplace, light the fire and nurse the fire until it creates warmth. This internship will give you the skills needed to locate, chop, and carry in the wood, put it in the fireplace, and light the fire. 

I like the part where anyone with “an entitlement mentality” need not apply. 

Internships are required to graduate by some paralegal programs, and can be a good way to get some much needed work experience prior to graduation. But potential interns need to be careful of being taken advantage of by employers who also may be raising employment and labor law issues by not paying interns for extended and extensive periods of work.

2 Responses to Today’s Quote: Paralegal Intern and Wood Chopper

  1. Because of this, many offer to do an internship at their preferred place of employment while earning very little or no pay at all, in the hope of landing a job there in the future, although many companies now have policies in place that restrict internship positions to current students.

Contact Info:

Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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