We invited SLU LAW students with summer internships to share their experiences with us throughout the summer as part of a blog series called "Show Us Your Summer." Rising 3L Priya Gandhi kicks off the series.
A little bit about myself, I just finished my 2L year at SLU LAW and am looking forward to finally being a 3L! I’m currently a summer associate at King & Spalding (K&S) in Washington, D.C., and it’s been a fantastic summer so far.
Here is a brief rundown as to why and how I chose K&S. I came to SLU LAW knowing I wanted to pursue health law and was fortunate enough to receive an offer to work with the in-house counsel at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals the summer after my 1L year. My job description entailed working side by side with the compliance and FDA regulatory lawyers (who are amazing), and it was great learning the ins and outs of compliance and regulatory lawyering. By the end of the summer, I knew FDA law was something I wanted to pursue long-term.
When OCI (on-campus interviews) came around, I immediately recognized K&S’s name as one of the best firms for FDA law. During the interview process, I grew even more partial to K&S. My first round interview went great, and when I went to the Washington, D.C. office for my second-round, I just knew this is where I wanted to be. All the people I met were so down-to-earth, friendly, and likable people (and it also didn’t hurt that the office is located right next door to the White House and has amazing views of D.C.). One thing led to another, and when I received my offer, I immediately accepted and could not be happier about my decision.
As I write this post, I’m over two weeks into my internship and it has been amazing so far. Because I got hired onto the FDA and Life Sciences team, my projects have only consisted of this category of work. So far, my assignments have varied from a simple task of researching state Medicaid laws to updating a presentation for a medical device company. As far as the work goes, I think the highlight has been to see how my work has a direct impact to the clients. It also has been great working with different partners and associates on the team and getting to know them on a personal level. I have yet to experience a mean partner or associate, and it’s actually been quite the opposite. Everyone here has an open-door policy, and it has been so easy for me to stop by someone’s office for help, advice, or just a casual conversation.
The other highlight of the internship has been how well K&S has treated the summer associates. There are nine of us total, and we’ve been able to experience D.C. in a way I don’t think we could have were it not for this internship, and it’s been awesome! I don’t think I have heard a single complaint from the other summers, and rightfully so. It’s also been great getting to know them and hearing about their projects, as well as their own law school experiences.
All in all, I’ve had the most wonderful time so far while summering at K&S. While it’s only been a little over two weeks, I’ve learned and experienced so much, and I’m looking forward to all that the rest of the summer here will bring!
Show Us Your Summer