The Leadership Program

Leadership Fellows Summer Experiences

Summer Experience Profiles
Ashley Clark
L. Collin Cooper
Janison Dillon
Shoshana Fried
Caroline Johnson
David Lambert
Chantelle Lytle
Kelsey Roth
Julie Stainback

Leadership Fellows have an opportunity to serve in a public sector organization through a summer externship offered with course credit and a scholarship covering the tuition for the externship course and living expenses.

The following is one in a series of self-reported descriptions of the fellows' summer employment experiences.

Julie Stainback '12

Name of Employer:                       

NC Department of Agriculture Experience
Legal Affairs Division

Name of Position:

Legal Intern

Julie StainbackFirst Line Supervisor

Ray Starling

General Overview:

During the summer of 2010 I worked as a legal intern in the Legal Affairs Division of the NC Department of Agriculture.  I worked directly under the Department’s General Counsel.  I worked on many different projects and was exposed to many different aspects of the law, which provided for a well-rounded experience.  My supervisor wanted me to have the best experience possible and constantly put me to work on various projects.  Whenever an issue was posed to the General Counsel it was my duty to research and either write a memorandum or respond through email when a quick answer was needed.  At this internship I felt as if I were an actual lawyer within the department and my opinions and research were used extensively.


Examples of projects that I worked on were reviewing insurance policies to determine if the Department was liable after an incident, creating a website with frequently asked questions that the Department could point callers to, and briefing the Commissioner on the Korean Foreign Trade Agreement before his meeting with the US Foreign Trade Officer.  I also worked heavily on legislative issues during the short session by drafting statutory language for a proposed bill, meeting with lobbyists, working on statutory analysis, and representing the Department at committee meetings.  My supervisor wanted this to be a well-rounded experience and set up lunch meetings with State Supreme Court Justices, legislators, and attorneys who had argued before the Supreme Court.  This internship was fact paced and required hard work but was very rewarding.