Mentor First

Law Internships for First Generation College and Law Students


Law Internships for First Generation College and Law Students

Mentor First is a community-based mentorship program for first generation and foreign students who want to intern for a hands-on law firm experience. Because of their backgrounds, these mentored interns are uniquely motivated and offer diverse skills to our firm. We are mindful that these students may have unique cultural demands that other students may not have. The Rheingold Law Firm is proud of our decades-long history of mentoring students during summer and academic semester internships.

To apply for a Mentor First internship: We are accepting resumes for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017. Intern positions are open to college and graduate school students who live in the New York metropolitan area. Please email your resume to David B. Rheingold at:

Meet Our Interns

Ashley G. Roberts

I am a first generation college student at New York University obtaining a pre-law major. I'm of Puerto Rican heritage and had no experience living in a giant city, let alone working in a professional office. The Rheingold philosophy of "mentoring" as opposed to simple "interning" offered a multifaceted approach. I quickly acclimated to my new world with help from the lawyers at the office. In return, I feel a deeper involvement with the firm's clients, many of whom are Spanish-speaking and just as intimidated of the legal world as I once was. I've been working with RGRP for well over a year now, and my responsibilities have steadily grown. To this day, I haven't found a firm that cares about it me as much as they do, and it constantly motivates me to become a lawyer.

Edwin Kim

I am currently a second year student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the first member of my family to attend Law School. I chose the Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP Mentor First position to get substantive experience in litigation, an area of practice I eventually would like to practice in. David Rheingold and the staff at RGRP have taken active efforts to ensure I receive meaningful legal training. Specifically, David aimed to give constructive feedback on all the assignments I have completed. The mentor first program at RGRP is great for minorities, as it provides us with opportunities that are generally not available, due to ethnic barriers and lack of connections. However, David has openly welcomed me to his world. This has included legal conferences where I met students and lawyers with diverse backgrounds.

Thamanna Hussain

I am currently a first-year law student at New York Law School and was the first in my family to graduate from college. As a freshman college student, I interned at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, which was my first exposure to working in a legal setting. I wrote blogs for the firm’s website ranging from topics such as product liability, medical malpractice, verdicts and settlements. David always gave me feedback and challenging assignments, which enabled me to strengthen my communication, research, and writing skills. In the office, I assisted the paralegals, created presentations, reviewed case files, and contacted clients. This was the most formative experience of my college career, which set me up for success in other areas in the legal field. Rheingold’s internship program is an excellent way of getting hands-on experience, and meeting leading mentors and professionals who can guide prospective attorneys and their interests.

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