c16cross wrote:Was also selected as a Navy Jag intern this summer (San Diego). Do any past interns have any insight on just the every day duties of a JAG intern, workload, dress code, living situations, how the internship helped for applying for JAG later on, etc. Thanks
Fmr. AF JAG intern here. I lived in my regular apt because the base was only 30-40 min away, so I just drove.
Security clearance started 3 months before I started, then started again once I begun. I never actually got security clearance at all in-fact. Such is the process of the military I was told by the JAG officers, many things are inefficient. So I had to go to my apt to work a lot when I needed to do research or use the computer.
I worked in a rather unique office, the work was constant and pretty diverse. I worked with the prosecutors in military justice (criminal law), worked in labor law, installation law, contracts, military discipline, ethics (new personal favorite). I rotated around these parts of the office every two weeks. I had particular projects that usually took a day or two, sometimes more if they were really big. I did a decent amount of court-watching too.
I of course took longer than they would have because I didn't know how to do anything. So I had to learn from samples, write it, get critiques and maybe make edits. when I got assignments they would give me more time than I needed. But everyone uniformly were excellent teachers, as well as patient and wanted to help. I was very happy, and respected. I never felt like a burden on the process because I was just an intern.
My supervisor, a Capt, was really nice and helpful as well. He made sure I always had work, and was working on big stuff that had some importance. That was great to have very little busy-work. I felt like every project I did had substance. Another civilian attorney was a great teacher. She taught me a lot about military writing.
Dress code was business casual, so I wore slacks and a tie. I was told the tie was not necessary; but I just like wearing ties.
I actually applied early for AF through the SJA at that office, didn't get it. Then the next year I asked him for a letter of rec for the AF, the AR, & USN apps. And, well I got USN, so both the internship and his letter helped I would definitely say.