By Randolph C. Reliford Esq., Associate Director of Career Services
Rising second-year law student John Anwesen will be working as a Legal Intern at the Office of the General Counsel for Sempra Energy. He was able to obtain a placement with Sempra Energy through the prestigious and highly selective San Diego County Bar Association Diversity Fellowship Program. Anwesen was one of 11 students from area law schools selected to participate in the program.
About his experience for the summer, he remarked, “I can only imagine the variety of legal work I will be doing for such a large company. I am not certain on the areas of law I will be working with, but expect to be researching Employment and Contract law and statutory regulations. Sempra Energy's energy assets and joint ventures are spread not only around the country, but throughout Central and Southern America, so I might get some experience in the area of International Law as well.”
In addition to the top notch work experience as a Diversity Fellow, he will also have the opportunity to network at events that the San Diego County Bar Association develops for the program participants during the summer. He will undoubtedly make connections that could lead to his next internship or permanent position.
Anwesen is looking forward to working for Sempra because of its size and position in the energy industry, and the attorneys with whom he will work. He says, “This is an opportunity for me to gain invaluable skills from the attorneys at Sempra Energy. One of the most exciting parts to this internship is that what I have learned during the first year of law school will be put to the test.”
Anwesen utilized TJSL's Career Services Office to help him identify internship opportunities and prepare for his interview. In part, he was successful during his job search process because he developed a unique skillset in law school and with the United States Military. He was able to showcase his talents during his interview and relate them to the practice of law. He is humble and also has a host of other characteristics that will make him successful.
“I would like to express my special thanks to Ms. Beverly Bracker and Mr. Randy Reliford for their continuous support to students seeking internships," said Anwesen. "I would not have learned about this exciting opportunity without the efforts of the Career Services Office.”