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A summer program that stands out from the crowd
Moscow trainees Victoria and Yulian on their summer experience

Now trainees in our Moscow office, both Victoria Pimkina and Yulian Makarov first got to know White & Case on our summer program. 

Yulian explains how he first heard about the opportunity: "When I was doing my master's degree program at Moscow State University, I attended the lecture series organized by one of the Moscow partners, Andrei Dontsov, who shared information about the summer opportunity." 

After taking part in career consultations with our recruiters during the Jessup moot debating competition, Victoria applied for the summer program. "I was amazed at the level of attention paid to candidates. The second thing that impressed me was that the people I met during the selection process were amicable, charming and positive-minded. They showed passion for their work and answered all my questions with great enthusiasm."

Working on real matters in a professional but informal environment

So what were their first impressions of the Firm? Yulian describes the working environment as "professional and informal at the same time. Everyone in the office was open and friendly, which helped me to feel part of the team from the very beginning." 

Victoria explains what kind of work a summer program participant can expect: "My assignments included researching specific legal issues and analyzing court practice. I also drafted simple legal documents (such as powers of attorney or meeting minutes), and I helped our corporate team on several due diligence tasks."

“The variety of different educational and self-development events truly made the internship program stand out from other legal firms.”

Yulian Makarov

Yulian worked with the Moscow tax practice, and explains how the summer program is structured: "We started with an orientation period. In addition to our work projects with practice groups, there were weekly lectures or roundtable discussions on various legal topics and Theatre Lab, an interactive team-building session that included stage training."

Victoria adds: "As a result of these lectures, we got to know a lot about matters in which each practice group of the Moscow office is engaged. Finally, it is impossible not to mention the cultural program—we took a guided tour of the Gorky Park, attended a photo walk near the Luzhniki Stadium and participated in an intellectual game." According to Yulian: "The variety of different educational and self-development events truly made the internship program stand out from other legal firms."

How technology and people reinforce the global nature of the Firm 

White & Case is a global firm, and how did Victoria and Yulian experience this? Victoria says that her day-to-day interactions were important: "I was working with colleagues from foreign offices every day, and meeting people who came to Moscow from all over the world who bring the practices and attitudes of their culture." 

Yulian points to the role that technology plays: "We had both digital and live lectures with international experts in various areas of expertise. This was an amazing opportunity that only a global law firm could offer."

Professional and personal highlights, plus advice for future interns

Looking back on the experience, what moments really stood out? Yulian has two highlights: "First of all, it was truly great professional experience; we had an opportunity to work on large international projects with some of the best legal professionals. Secondly, a very valuable part of the program for me was Theatre Lab, which was both a fun experience and also taught me some useful presentation skills." 

Victoria shares a professional highlight: "I worked on an urgent memorandum on a very narrow and quite unexplored legal matter. I was very proud that a substantial part of my work became an element of the final product for the client. I can also highlight all the cultural events of the summer program, including the annual White & Case Moscow office summer party."

Finally, what's their advice for anyone considering applying for the 2020 program in Moscow? "Our advice for everyone who wants to participate in the summer program: Be self-confident, proactive, ready to learn and go the extra mile."

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