Intern Spotlight: Jamaica native lands Navy JAG Corps

By Nadia Felder


It’s no secret that securing a government internship can be difficult – even the most talented people often don’t make the cut. Unless, they are presented with a unique opportunity like second-year FAMU law student Ashley Wilson.

Wilson, a Jamaica-native, landed one of the most-difficult to acquire government internships when she was hired for the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGs) at the Naval Academy this summer in Annapolis, Maryland.

For eight weeks, she was tasked with assisting the Navy JAGs in all legal research necessary for assignments. As the only intern in the Naval Academy, Wilson learned how to handle all aspects of law from a military perspective including wills, trusts, divorces, contracts, and even criminal cases.

And when she wasn’t gaining legal knowledge – she was simply enjoying the view.

“The best part of the internship is definitely the private tours. Last week we toured the Library of Congress and this week is the Supreme Court,” said Wilson.

It’s no coincidence that after law school Wilson plans to apply to the Navy JAG Corps’ Student Program (SP), optimistically increasing her chances of one day becoming a Navy JAG.

“I did not think I was going to get the internship but I did and I thank God because it gives me hope for a bright future after graduation,” said Wilson.

How does this internship help prepare you for your future career as a legal professional?

I am the only African American in the JAG office, the only Floridian, and equally the only proud Rattler! The Navy JAG program is very competitive and any experience or examples of dedication to the program is looked upon favorably. I hope that completing this internship will give me a competitive edge.

What skills are you using at the internship that you learned from FAMU College of Law?

I am definitely using my memorandum writing skills and research skills. I wrote two memos in three weeks and working on another memo this week. I utilize my Westlaw and Lexis accounts to research FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) cases, Federal disclosure cases, Federal employment cases and so much more. I have also done some work on the Federal Tort Claims Act, so Torts has also come in handy.

What advice would you share with students looking for internships now?

My advice would be to apply to everything, even if you don’t think you will get it. Also, utilize the tools that are given to you. Take advantage of the events and workshops the FAMU career center offers, because they will help you network and find internships.

Sidebar: Other Summer Governmental Placements:

  • Roger Powell, a rising third-year student, interning with the Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Orlando.
  • Maria Green, a rising second-year student, interning with the Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Orlando.