Summer Job Diaries: Amy Kaladzhyan's Summer Takes Flight
Amy Kaladzhyan ’16 is spending the summer working as a summer associate at JetBlue Airways Corporation.
Q: How did you land your job?
A: I found out about the position through a former colleague, and I met some of the attorneys at a conference right around the time I applied for the position. Interacting with them in person at the conference helped because I was able to show them my enthusiasm for the position and the industry as a whole, even before landing an interview.
Q: What is the most interesting part of your job?
A: I never know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow. I could be sitting in the office one day working on a contract, and the next day I'm in a meeting with city officials in a different state. I could be at the airport one day, checking out a new concession space that I helped draft an agreement for and the next day be in federal court. It is a fast-paced industry, so you have to be ready for anything.
Q: What has been your most challenging assignment thus far?
A: I worked on an airport concession deal for a children's play area. Although I have experience with contracts, I had never seen an architect's proposal or understood the complex nature of the issues that need to be addressed in this type of contract. I was able to anticipate most of the terms they would have issues within the contract we presented, but they pushed back in ways I did not expect. It is still a work in progress!
Q: What new legal skill have you acquired during your time there?
A: I helped our legal team prep a witness for a high-profile case in federal court. I learned the essential skill of anticipating what issues or questions a witness may face during deposition/questioning, and how to best prepare a witness to face the seemingly daunting task of being able to effectively address those questions.
Q: What sort of legal knowledge have you been able to show off?
A: I found myself talking about forum selection clauses and warranties a lot more than I thought I would!
Pictured: Kaladzhyan flies an E190 simulator that JetBlue pilots use for training during a visit to the company’s Orlando office.