A Successful Virtual Program
July 30, 2020
By Nick Gill
I was happy to hear that Foley Hoag was putting on its summer program remotely, but, at first, I didn’t know what to expect. From what I understood, the main goal of the summer program was to get to know the firm – to learn about different departments, meet and connect with people at the firm, and generally learn how to be a Foley Hoag lawyer. I didn’t know how these experiences would translate to a virtual program. Thankfully, all my concerns were for naught as Foley Hoag showed its remarkable adaptability in the face of this unprecedented challenge. I was still able to participate in a business internship, take on assignments from a variety of departments, meet a lot of people, and participate in social events such as trivia, a wine tasting and an escape room.
The bulk of my work came from my business internship with Patrick Connolly, a partner in the EC/VC group. During my business internship, I assisted in company formations, series seed fundings and a merger. At the beginning of the internship, Patrick told me that the EC/VC group is the “last bastion of the generalist,” and I came to see what he meant. He works with companies for their whole lifecycle, which requires flexibility and a wide base of knowledge. Working in the EC/VC group was a great opportunity to see a variety of corporate work in a short amount of time.
I was able to pick up some other assignments in addition to my business internship. One of the more interesting things I did was a privacy matter with partner Chris Hart and senior advisor Isa Mirza. In this assignment, I researched various countries’ cyber privacy laws for a large client that operates internationally. Internet privacy was something that I knew very little about, and I’m happy that I was able to dip my toe into it.
If I had to choose one thing that stood out during my remote summer at Foley Hoag, it is how genuinely friendly and helpful everyone at the firm is. This shone through even though we couldn’t be together physically. Everyone involved in the summer program clearly put in a tremendous effort to make the program as good as it could be, and they succeeded. The deftness with which the firm has navigated the coronavirus landscape made me appreciate the firm even more and re-enforced my confidence that it will continue to adapt and succeed regardless of what the future holds. I also appreciate the snacks they sent every week.