My Rule of Law Summer By Morgan Van Beck
One week into my internship, Mark Walter, the ILI’s new Executive Director, moved back to DC from Singapore, and I had the opportunity to start working directly with him on projects to refresh the ILI rather than continuing to prep course materials for seminars like I had been doing. This made me appreciate ILI more because I got to really dive into its rich history. By going through old records, I was able to watch the growth and evolution of ILI as it administered educational seminars and development projects around the world. I learned that ILI is so much more than what we did in Washington DC. I was awed by the number of lives that ILI had touched through the decades and around the world. Now, ILI is going through a transition period to revive its global reach and significance, and I feel lucky to have been a part of that. I also had the chance to work on content for our new website. I think that this was one of the most valuable parts of my internship because technology is only going to become more and more prevalent in the future. Working to bring ILI’s website and other aspects of its functioning into the 21st century has equipped me with skills that I’ll need wherever I end up after graduation.
Going into this summer, I wanted an answer to the question of whether I wanted to go to law school. While I still don’t have an answer, this summer taught me a lot about myself, and I’ll be much better equipped to navigate the law school or grad school process when I do decide. I know that I’ll always have friends back at the ILI in DC, and I’m looking forward to seeing what exciting developments are in store for the organization.