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Paul, Weiss Hosts CUNY Women in Tech Interns for Winter Break

Five CUNY "Women in Tech" interns spent two weeks in January at Paul, Weiss's New York Office. From left: Jessica Flores, Victoria Rakhmanskiy, Elizabeth Vanegas, Aisha Syed and Hayet Chebbi.

Five female freshman and sophomores from the City University of New York, all interested in careers in the tech field, recently completed tech internships at the Paul, Weiss offices in New York. CUNY’s “Winternship” program is a ​paid,​ ​two-week​ ​mini-internship​​ ​during​ the college’s ​January​ ​academic​ ​recess that offers students ​an​ ​immersive​ ​experience​ in​to​ a host company’s business. The tech program aims to create a new generation of women in tech in New York City by giving students a ​“first​ ​foot​ ​in​ ​the​ ​door​.”

The five interns described their time working at Paul, Weiss as invaluable exposure to the different paths an education in tech can provide: “I grew up being bullied for being smart and into computers,” said Victoria Rakhmanskiy, a business/law major at Hunter College. “I thought you had to choose between being smart and being pretty so I dumbed myself down for a long time. I will now plan on taking more courses in technology because I see how many fields use technology. It has really convinced me of the importance of tech.”

The “Winterns,” as they are called, didn’t just observe others at work. At the close of their internship, they were assigned a tech challenge, ultimately creating a presentation that they delivered to all 20 of the Paul, Weiss Tech Management Team. “Having a group of smart and enthusiastic women to provide us with their insights into how we execute our IT initiatives was a wonderful opportunity for us and for the firm,” said Chief Information Officer Andy Antoniou.


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