I spent the first half of my summer working at the North Carolina Court of Appeals as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Wanda Bryant. This job was a perfect fit for me as a former high school English teacher. A typical day included researching points of law and writing memos for the judge. I was fortunate to receive extensive feedback from Judge Bryant and her clerks.
When I wasn’t preparing memos, I attended oral arguments. I was particularly excited to observe a panel of three judges take on a privacy law issue. The case involved a man who accessed his wife’s iPhone without her permission by placing her thumb on the iPhone’s Touch ID sensor while she was sleeping. He then used that information to obtain evidence of her affair. The panel had to decide whether that evidence was legally obtained and admissible. Afterwards, in chambers, it was fascinating to hear the judges’ perspectives on how the law should deal with emerging technologies, especially because this topic has been at the forefront of many of the media law courses I have taken at UNC.
After the court’s session ended, I began working as an internal communications intern at the Volvo Group of Companies in North America in Greensboro, N.C. There’s a lot of research and writing in this position as well, but the content is different. I assist a small but diverse team of extremely talented and creative individuals in their efforts to enhance employees’ business understanding, build employee engagement, and promote the company’s core values.
There’s never a dull moment here. Internal communications projects include filming and producing news segments that keep Volvo employees up-to-date about what’s going on in the company, managing events like the Volvo Ocean Race, and maintaining positive community relations. Media law is often discussed. The communication team members have to be careful not to violate copyright or privacy laws as they push boundaries in their field by creating interactive content that informs and inspires employees.
It’s been an amazing summer! Through these internships, I have gained a deeper understanding of the law and how it shapes corporate communications.
Chanda Marlowe is a third-year student in UNC’s dual-degree program (a master’s in communication and a J.D.).