Linklaters launches first of its kind Business Teams Virtual Internship

Linklaters has launched a new and first of its kind global Business Teams Virtual Internship Programme – broadening access to the firm’s best-in-class Business Teams functions.

An extension of the firm’s popular virtual legal internship, the new programme is aimed at 16- to 18-year-old students and provides an insight into the day-to-day workings of the key functions that comprise Linklaters’ Business Teams, and the wide range of career options available at the firm, alongside the legal career path.

Consisting of five modules, the free online programme gives school students the opportunity to virtually experience working in one of the firm’s Business Teams functions: Marketing, Finance, Legal Operations, Technology and HR.

Students will receive instructions, have access to resources to help with the tasks and submit work that reflects the day-to-day responsibilities of one of Linklaters’ Business Teams. The platform uses e-learning style technology to achieve this and provides model answers, so students can self-mark their work.

Matt Peers, Linklaters’ Global Chief Operating Officer, commented:

“Our Business Teams provide critical services to support our lawyers in delivering a best-in-class service to our clients. To attract and develop future top talent in our Business Teams, we need to keep raising awareness of access to opportunities at our firm and ensure we’re accessing talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our Business Teams Virtual Internship looks to do just that.”

The virtual internship complements the firm’s recent launch of its Business Teams Advance Programme – an 18 month programme specifically designed for talented individuals from diverse backgrounds looking to advance their career by receiving on the job training whilst being financially supported for a relevant external qualification.

As part of Business Teams Advance, individuals work with – and learn from – innovative business professionals with diverse experience across chosen fields within the Business Teams function, including Business Development & Marketing, Corporate Affairs, Finance, Human Resources, Sustainability and Technology.  

Broadening access to careers at Linklaters is key to achieving Linklaters’ goal, outlined in its Race Action Plan, of supporting the next generation of Black and minority ethnic talent, including increasing the opportunities available to students in the early stages of the career life cycle.