“The Minorities Opportunities Committee of the Nashville Bar Association is pleased to announce that you have been selected to participate in this year’s High School Summer Internship Program and have been placed with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office for the internship”. A rush of fear and verve consumed every part of my being. I was chosen, along with eight other applicants to serve as the program’s interns. This program is specifically designed to help minorities. There were nine positions and twenty-six applicants. My knowledge that Antioch High School students had filled four of the nine positions, not only made me proud to be chosen, but proud to be a “Bear”. This internship has compelled me to further my studies in law, because I have only cracked the surface. Although this was a paid internship, money was not my motive.
The seven weeks I’ve spent at the Attorney General’s Office has far exceeded my expectations. I was given the opportunity to tour the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which manages the state’s three forensic crime laboratories. The lawyers, paralegals, and the support staff were all so affable. I was fortunate enough to meet the Tennessee Supreme Court judges, General Bob Cooper, and Mayor Karl Dean. Eating lunch with these individuals were some of the most inspirational moments that will be forever embedded in my heart. I’d also made a shocking discovery- I had a fun and safe summer while simultaneously taking steps to better my future. This was no meaningless “nine to five”. This gave me the experience of what to expect in the real world.
John F. Kennedy once said “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”. I am striving to become an attorney who isn’t all about the money, but an attorney who cares about the welfare of this nation. This further compels me to deposit my heart and loyalty into all of my endeavors and to strive for the highest success.
Jamie Thompson, The Academy of Teaching and Service
Antioch High School