This year, Jones Robb has a full summer intern program, with two rising high school seniors, two former interns who are returning for a second internship, and the return of a fall/spring intern!

Our high school interns include Zulekha Tasneem and Sameer Agrawal. Zulekha Tasneem is a rising senior at the nationally ranked STEM school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology located in northern Virginia. Sameer Agrawal is a rising senior at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, VA.

Returning interns include Jeffrey Xia, Sophia Martinese, and Abdi Ibrahim. Jeffrey Xia is a rising sophomore at Cornell University as a prospective major in Policy Analysis and Management. Jeffrey interned for Jones Robb when he was a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology located in northern Virginia. Sophia Martinese is a rising sophomore at University of Virginia. Sophia has been awarded entrance into the Biomedical Engineering Major on a forward plan to be Accelerated Undergraduate/Masters in 4 years. In addition, she is serving in Leadership Council for UVa’s School of Engineering & Applied Science. Like Jeffrey, Sophia interned for Jones Robb when she was a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology located in northern Virginia. Abdi Ibrahim is currently a rising sophomore at George Mason University with a major in Economics. Abdi has been an intern with Jones Robb since September 2016. Abdi received an advanced diploma from Fairfax High School located in Fairfax, Virginia.

These students are motivated individuals who have strong academic backgrounds in the technical arts and hold leadership positions in their school and their communities.

The goal of the intern program is to provide the interns with a basic understanding of how companies and inventors are able to legally protect their inventions and protect themselves from their competitors in the commercial marketplace, and specifically, how a private practice law firm assists its clients in this regard. In this way, the program offers valuable and practical insight into the intersection of technology and the law, thus helping the students to make informed educational and career decisions.

The focus of the internship is educational in nature. The interns will receive training and assignments designed to reflect what life is like in this specialized area of law. Their experience will include becoming familiar with the structure, policies, and procedures of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and learning firm systems and processes that aid in representing clients. Each intern will be paired with an associate attorney mentor to enrich their educational process and experiences during their internship.

Jones Robb is pleased to continue the sixth year of this exciting summer intern program and is grateful for its collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson High School as well as other Northern Virginia communities in making the program possible. The firm values its interns and appreciates their contributions, and strives to make the internship a beneficial program that complements the education they are receiving in school and through their other activities.