Internship Diary: Kelsey Brey (’17)

During the spring 2017 semester, I interned at the Fredericksburg Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Over the course of the semester, I worked hands-on with several attorneys helping them to prepare for high-profile cases in the City of Fredericksburg. I used analytical and research skills that I learned over my history career at UMW to write jury instructions, research jurors, draft plea agreements, and more. I was given the opportunity to sit in on attorney meetings, disbreycuss ideas for how to move forward with certain cases, and communicate with witnesses and victims. The skills and experiences I gained from this internship and UMW have guided me into pursuing a career in law.

In fall 2017, I will be attending Elon Law School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Working closely with the attorneys has solidified my desire to pursue criminal prosecution. Criminal prosecution isn’t strictly about “putting the bad guys away”; it is about giving justice to the people that don’t have a voice – the victims who rely on the police officers, sheriffs, and the Commonwealth Attorney to do what is right by the community it defends. On the other side, defense attorneys don’t just “defend the bad guys”; they are integral in providing a face to the crime. Over the course of my internship, I learned two important lessons. The first is that the defendants are people and have a story. They aren’t just case numbers and it is important to remember that. Second, I was speaking with one of the attorneys and he told me what his law school professor told him. “At the end of the day, no one is a winner. The victims carry the crime with them the rest of their lives and have to suffer through the emotional, mental, and sometimes physical harm forever. The defendants don’t win either. They may have to endure prison sentences and their families are effected by the crimes they committed.” There is no winner in the law and I am grateful to have had this experience to see this firsthand.

Volunteer at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

George Washington’s Ferry Farm is always looking for volunteers (and sometimes interns), but at the moment is especially interested in finding help for its 4th of July events. If you’re interested, please contact Susan Sherman, Sherman@gwffoundation.org or 540.370.0732 ext. 22. Click to get the Ferry Farm volunteer flyer

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Upcoming career event: Mon., April 11, 3-4pm

 Come meet Zac Cunningham,

Manager of Educational Programs

The George Washington Foundation

Monday, April 11 from 3-4 p.m.

Monroe 210

 

Zac will be discussing his path to museum education and his experiences as an educator and public historian at Ferry Farm

Questions? Contact Jason Sellers, jseller4@umw.edu

HISA Resume workshop (11/9)

Resume workshop

Join the Department of History and American Studies and Office of Academic and Career Services for a

 Resume Workshop

Monday, November 9 at 3 p.m.

Monroe Hall 210

We’ll have chips, cookies and soda to snack on.

Questions? Contact Jason Sellers, jseller4@umw.edu

Videography internship with the National History Center

The National History Center of the American Historical Association seeks a videographer to film a weekly seminar on Monday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the academic year. Location is near the Federal Triangle Metro. Videographer must have own equipment. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Amanda Moniz at amoniz@historians.org. Compensation: $20/hour. For more information, email amoniz@historians.org or call 202-450-3209.

Career event Monday, 16 March: Daniel Steen on law school and legal careers

Steen career event