SMS Assist
Chicago, IL

Intern, Legal - Summer 2022 at SMS Assist

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SMS Assist Summary
At SMS Assist, we're not just in the business of fixing properties-we're fixing an entire industry. Typically, facilities maintenance is tough work-both in the nature of the job (plumbing, HVAC, snow removal) and the lack of clarity throughout the experience. We decided a better way wasn't only possible, but essential. Through our award-winning technology platform, built and powered by SMSers, we connect local contractors to our customers and help manage an experience that surpasses expectations.
Recognized on Forbes' Cloud 100 list, Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, Chicago Crain's Top Tech Employers, and more, SMS Assist manages more than 186,000 properties where people live and work. Our customers' livelihoods are in our hands-think a restaurant manager whose only fryer goes down on a busy Friday night or a family in Florida without power after a hurricane. We work across the industries that make up your community, including retail, food service, banking, residential, and more, and we help them find the right provider in our network (we call them Affiliates) in more than 45 trades.
We're innovators, disruptors, and out-of-the-box thinkers. We set each other up for success in the office and for the perfect spike on the volleyball court during an intramural game. We're community volunteers, karaoke partners, and lifelong friends. We're passionate about the people we serve, and we give our all because we care. We want to make every property better, and we want your help to make it happen.
Job Summary
This is a paid internship for a 10 week program in summer of 2022.
The SMS Assist Summer Internship program is a full-time, paid opportunity that will run this summer, usually a 10-week internship program that runs June through August. An internship at SMS Assist will provide an opportunity to work with a fast-paced, growing company in Chicago's vibrant technology scene.
Each intern in our summer group goes through one week of training together as a cohort and are placed in one of our departments, where they'll spend around 75% of their time throughout the summer. The other 25% is spent engaging in intern-specific activities and learning opportunities, such as executive lunch & learns, personal development workshops, and access throughout the company for informational interviews.
During the internship, the program interns will work together on an SMS Assist business case, and they will present their findings and ideas at the conclusion of the internship for SMS Assist leadership and other key team members. Of course, we have some fun social events thrown in there as well!
Core Responsibilities of the Legal Intern
  • Gain hands-on experience by working on complex and diverse projects with SMS Assist attorneys on transactional, litigation, and compliance matters, as needed.
  • Support the Legal team in conducting legal research and analysis on various assignments.
  • Participate in transactional matters, which may include: reviewing complex commercial agreements, including customer agreements, subcontracts, vendor contracts, and consulting agreements; preparing and negotiating nondisclosure agreements; analyzing customer and vendor contracts; updating contract templates; reviewing and responding to RFPs; and assisting senior attorneys on the company's trademark and other intellectual property efforts.
  • Assist in litigation management, which may include: pre-litigation claims and dispute resolution, including internal investigation in response to allegations, attending court proceedings, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, negotiating settlements, and/or preparing associated memoranda and briefs.
  • Assist in the Company's response to routine audits and customer-specific requests.
  • Engage across the business building connections interdepartmentally, always with an eye toward understanding processes, functions, and impacts.
  • Assist the Legal team with departmental planning.
  • Actively participate in Legal team meetings.
  • Take pride in developing innovative process designs and improvements for the Legal team work flow.

Key Competencies of the Legal Intern
  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills
  • Commitment to corporate, in-house legal work
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • Entrepreneurial, "can do" attitude
  • Resourceful and innovative
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality

Education and Experience
  • Must be a rising 2L or 3L in an ABA-accredited law school
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship now or in the future (we are unable to hire on F1 or OPT visas at this time for our summer program)
  • Coursework in contracts, torts, legal writing, corporations/business associations and general business law
  • Traits: Attention to detail, ability to work under pressure

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Where we are

875 North Michigan Avenue , Chicago, IL 60611

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • AsanaManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

What are SMS Assist Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
SMS Assist's team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, in-office fitness classes, and sponsored race teams.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive Salary. Flexible Spending Plans. Prescription Drug Program. Free Fitness Center membership.

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