Erin Panichkul (2L) has accepted two consecutive prestigious internships in New York. She will spend this summer interning for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) before interning for the United Nations (UN) next fall.
Her 10-week paid internship with the ACLU's Affiliate Support and Advocacy component will have Panichkul working with advocacy and policy counsel on legislative advocacy and state-based legislative strategies to end mass incarceration.
In the Fall, Panichkul will be the sole intern at the UN's Disciplinary Unit where she will work with the UN's Administrative Law Section with the Human Resources Policy Service focusing on disciplinary measures in connection with the representation of the organization before the United Nation's Dispute Tribunal.
“I am extremely honored to represent TJSL in contributing to high caliber work with both organizations in New York,” said Panichkul.
“Interning with these organizations will provide incredible opportunities for me to learn, contribute, and build layers in my legal experience so that I am fully equipped when I graduate next year to further my goals and participation in social justice movements.”
Panichkul has already distinguished herself in law school by advocating for a variety of social causes. She recently participated in a 48 fast for “We Belong Together” to support immigration reform in Washington, DC. Last summer she interned for the National Office of Law Students for Reproductive Justice in Oakland, Ca. She is a Certified Legal Observer for the National Lawyer's Guild and also represented TJSL’s LSRJ student organization on the board for the Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Panichkul volunteers monthly for the San Diego Re-Entry Clinic assisting community members with eligible felony and misdemeanor expungements. She has also been an active member of TJSL's student body, having served as the Vice President of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Events Coordinator for OUTLAW.
“The United Nations has an unparalleled role in international peacekeeping, protecting human rights, and international humanitarianism and the ACLU is recognized as a national leader who has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties and equal justice battle in the United States,” she said.
Panichkul is thankful to TJSL's career services team for guiding her through the application and interview process. “Although I thought I felt pretty confident about the interviewing process, Mr. Randy Reliford helped me immensely. He gave me powerful tips and insight on the interviewing process that I never considered before. Thanks to his assistance, I was offered two consecutive internships in New York. I accepted both,” she added.