LazinessPerSe wrote:ShockTop wrote:LazinessPerSe wrote:wesangler wrote:To anybody who is in the know, how much of a leg-up will a 2L summer spent with the Navy JAGC give me come time for Direct Appointment applications? Can anybody vouch for the Navy internship experience as a whole? I ask because I have a secondary offer from a government agency where I have a better idea of the substantive work experience I'd be getting. Any advice would be appreciated.
Talked with a few Navy JAGs (O-3, O-5) about the Navy internship subject. Their basic consensus was that it is a valuable experience, but working for a DA's office would look better on application boards. The rationale was that the Navy internship does not get the intern much legal experience, whereas the DA's office often allows 3Ls to handle their own cases. There's value in the connections and potential review of work product / LOR from the Navy internship, but the litigation/advocacy experience is higher when working a DA internship.
Take it FWIW - but I wouldn't put too much stock in the Navy internship.
So did I, and I had the opposite reaction from every single officer I spoke to, including several O-6s. Every single one said the most valuable piece of someone's application, if they had one, would be a letter of recommendation from an O-6 JAG. Furthermore, I was told they look at interns differently in boards than other applicants. Interning for the Navy, for free, gives the board the impression that you really want to work there. This is all hearsay, obviously, but my experience with the internship program has left me with the impression that it matters more than you make it out to be.
That's a fair counterpoint. I'm just parroting what I heard from those officers I spoke to on the matter. It's very plausible that it's all subjective to the officer.
That's true. I guess one should also keep in mind that the board is made up of a dozen or so O-5s and O-6s and nobody outside of those on the board really knows what they're looking for, specifically, in terms of criteria. My impression of what I was told by my advisors and superiors was that the intern applicants were put in a separate pile and looked at separately, amongst other things. I have no idea if that's true but it was my impression of what they were saying. One said of last spring's boards, of the ~30 they took, more than half were ex-Navy interns.