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Francesca Hult

Evening Assistant, Bird & Bird

Your colleagues here are always ready to help you.

I’m studying my final year as a Multilingual Management Assistant student at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. I conducted my internship at Bird & Bird’s Assistant Trainee programme from August 2020 to January 2021. After my internship, I continued working here as a part-time Evening Assistant alongside my studies.  

When I was looking for an internship, the most important thing for me was to find a role in which I could put the knowledge learned in school into practice. Here it was possible since my first workday. Assistant Trainees are trusted to take on similar tasks as the legal assistants do. This includes, for example, editing documents, information retrieval, invoicing, opening client matters and other administrative assignments related to client work. I enjoy working in an international environment and I’m happy that I’ve got to practice my English skills every day.  

As an Assistant Trainee, you will work closely with our legal assistant team. This team assigns to you most of your work tasks. Assistants work in one or two practice groups supporting their lawyer work pairs within those groups. Assistant Trainees, for their part, work for all practice groups depending on the tasks at hand. I think this is great as you get to know all teams by working with them at some point of your internship.  

If you are interested in getting to know the work of legal assistants, Bird & Bird’s Assistant Trainee programme is a great chance for this. Here I have been able to do work that I know is important for the business to run smoothly. If you are open-minded to try new and a bit more challenging tasks along the way, you do well here. When you know you have given your best, that’s always good enough. And support is always available – the best thing here is the people who are easy to approach and always ready to help you. Not just the assistant team but other teams as well. This makes working together easy.