Reflecting on her experience, Ally found inspiration to pursue her passion for law further, both during her undergraduate studies and in her future career.
Co-op Term: Spring 2023
Position: Undergraduate Legal Intern
Employer: United States Attorneys’ Office, NY
Ally De Palma completed a co-op as an undergraduate intern in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. This unpaid position posed challenges due to the high cost of living in New York City, but Ally received financial support from a Northeastern scholarship and a transit subsidy card. Her daily tasks mainly revolved around legal research, document drafting, cite-checking, and assisting attorneys and paralegals with case preparations. While most of her time was spent at her desk, she also attended court hearings and site visits occasionally.
Ally had specific goals for her co-op, aiming to gain insight into federal law and government practices while honing her office skills and building professional connections. She exceeded these goals and was pleasantly surprised by the diverse legal subjects she encountered, including civil terrorism, medical malpractice, and civil rights. Her role evolved over time, and she embraced collaboration and seeking help when needed.
Reflecting on her experience, Ally found inspiration to pursue her passion for law further, both during her undergraduate studies and in her future career. Living alone in New York City, she developed independence, which will serve her well in her personal life. Additionally, Ally gained a newfound appreciation and respect for government workers, a deeper understanding of U.S. society, and the concept of rights. Overall, her co-op at the USAO-SDNY was a transformative experience that significantly influenced her academic and career aspirations.