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Paul, Weiss Hosts CUNY Women in Tech Interns for Winter Break
Five women undergraduates from the City University of New York, all interested in pursuing careers in technology, completed a paid, three-week mini-internship during the college’s January recess at Paul, Weiss’s IT Organization in their New York office.
Claudia Preciado expressed the unique value of being able to meet and work with other young women who share her passion. “As a computer science major, I’m often one of few women in the classroom,” she said. “It’s been inspiring to work with the other interns. I’ve come away even more confident that this is a path I can pursue.”
Raimara Allah added, “Seeing women at this firm in such prestigious positions has been eye-opening. As a young woman, you’re often given the message that you have to decide between family and career—it’s amazing to me to see women at Paul, Weiss who are able to balance both.”
The “Winterns” were assigned a tech challenge focused on the firm’s internal communication portal, Insite. They talked with developers and interviewed numerous Paul, Weiss associates about how Insite is used at the firm. In a presentation to the firm’s technology group, they proposed improvements to make the platform more user-friendly.
Kiyal Keles commented, “This experience has helped demonstrate that success depends on your effort and attitude—and that you can find a setting where you won’t face unique obstacles as a woman.” She pointed to a range of unique opportunities the internship afforded, including chatting over lunch with several women CIOs from peer law firms.
Kelliana Seeraj said the internship has helped clarify an essential point. “Though I don’t know exactly what will happen in the future,” she said, “what’s not going to change is the type of environment I pursue—an uplifting environment like the one I’ve encountered at Paul, Weiss, where teamwork, conversation and collaboration are how things get done.”
The Winterns left with new skills and new friends. “I’ve always had a passion for tech,” Elizabeth Chen commented. “Being able to work with this group of motivated, driven, intelligent fellow students has created a strong bond and sense of community, even in a short time.”