Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services


Summer 2019

Position: Legal Intern
Student: Government Junior

This summer I interned in the Legal Department of a technology company called NetApp. NetApp sells data storage technology, including both hardware systems and cloud software. The majority of NetApp’s sales come from its non-cloud customers, however, as the cloud grows in prominence, the portion of NetApp’s customers who choose to pay for their data to be stored on a remote site through the cloud is increasing. NetApp is a publicly traded company, and therefore the corporation has obligations to its shareholders to produce earnings on their stocks.

The Legal Department of NetApp supports Sales by overseeing all parts of the sale that necessitate legal documents. When customer interaction is initiated, the Legal department produces a nondisclosure agreement for both parties to sign. When the customer is ready to purchase NetApp products, the Legal team creates a Master Purchase Agreement that outlines the details of the sale, including price agreements, service, term length, and more. Legal also oversees NetApp’s intellectual property. As a technology company, we produce many patentable technologies that we must protect from theft. We work with the US Patent Office to make sure that our unique inventions are safeguarded. In the event that NetApp is sued or files suit against someone else, the Legal Department handles all aspects of litigation, as we are the only employees qualified or licensed to do so.

I worked on a number of projects including creating an executive briefing book for our general counsel, reviewing NDAs and tagging them for multiple fields for organization into a database, producing tutorials for our new legal eBilling system, participating in database clean-ups, planning a networking event, and more.

NetApp has a fantastic intern program for students of varying disciplines, and they did an excellent job of planning activities for us all to get to know each other and people around the company. We had multiple intern events throughout the summer, and they set each of us up with a mentor from outside our department.

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