Updated: Nov 12, 2019
The amount of work Good Counsel does would not be possible without our team of interns from around the world, with each intern bringing new experiences and skills to the team. Welcome to our weekly series, where we introduce and interview our interns one at a time.
Katiuska is an attorney from Venezuela, where she already gained experience working in a law firm. Since she was always passionate about international law, she decided to do her masters in Spain. When she came to the United States she first worked for an insurance company, but soon Katiuska started law school. One aspect that she likes about working at Good Counsel is that she can work in different areas of law, especially since she already gained experience in different countries. She finds it astonishing to see the cultural differences in every country regarding law.
Why did you decide to Intern at a not for profit organization in NYC?
In the future, I plan to work as a corporate lawyer in an international environment, but for me it is also important to regard the human factor of life. Even as a lawyer you have to pay your bills but I also like to give something back to society. As a lawyer I want to support people who need the help, because not everybody can afford an attorney and it’s our duty to share our knowledge and our responsibility to try to help within the community. This is why I think working in a non-profit organization is the perfect opportunity to combine these aspects.
Is there anything new that you learned during your time at Good Counsel?
Actually yes, I learned about the structure of legal writing which differs from contract to contract. In the U.S. the structure of working on a case is so different from Venezuela or Spain. Here, it’s a lot more concise and clear. In the beginning I was working on things as a foreign lawyer but I quickly realized that I need to do things differently here. But I like that although I already have experience in law, here in the United States I still have so many things to learn.
Would you recommend doing an internship with Good Counsel?
Sure, I actually already recommended it to one of my classmates and many people ask me for the contact details, because I only report good things about my experience here. Especially since the work at Good Counsel is so broad that you can experience so many different areas of law such as Business and Immigration Law, which I think is absolutely great.
What is the best thing working at Good Counsel?
I really enjoy working in this environment, I love the CSI co-working space. The atmosphere is really relaxed and I love the free coffee; that’s always a plus for me. Everyone in the team is so nice and relaxed but also very focused on work. I like the professionalism in the team, even though we are all very young. Another thing that I really enjoy is that we interns are all in the same position, we help each other and nobody judges anyone.