O’Melveny Hosts Project Self Intern, Orange County Register Reports

July 16, 2012 The Orange County Register’s July 16, 2012, article “Costa Mesa and Newport Beach law firms offer paid internships to high school students” notes that high school student Jessica Raya is interning with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Newport Beach office this summer as part of the Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firm) program. Project SELF provides minority high school juniors the opportunity to complete an eight-week, paid summer internship at a law firm while gaining valuable educational and work experience. The article reports that 641 students have completed the program since its inception, many of whom have gone on to graduate from college and pursue legal careers.

Raya, whose responsibilities include assisting in the library, assembling binders, proofreading, and archiving and filing documents told The OC Register that through her experience at the firm, she has observed that “there are many people that keep reading to gain more knowledge. Knowing this shows me that you can't stop reading, it's essential. Even though people have a career, they still need to learn more."

In addition to learning basic office skills and working alongside lawyers in a firm setting, Project SELF interns participate in a day in court and attend a UCI Career Day.

O’Melveny counsel Marcus Salvato Quintanilla, a member of the firm’s International Arbitration and Business Trial and Litigation Practices, has been a mentor in the program for many years. Quintanilla told The OC Register that he hopes to pass on to those he mentors the message of his most important role model, his grandfather: that “you can be anything you want in this world if you work for it."