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2023 Summer Intern – Legal

  • Remote
  • Students & Recent Graduates
  • Full Time
  • Added
  • JR-000089436


About GM Legal Staff

As a member of the GM Legal Staff, Legal interns  will strive to be a role model for the Company by delivering high performance legal services with high integrity.  The GM Legal Staff’s objectives are to deliver timely, best-in-class business and advisory and legal services in close collaboration with business partners to accomplish their objectives while simultaneously protecting GM’s high standards of legal, ethical, and financial integrity. 

GM’s Preparation/Prosecution Management & Threats team provides general legal advice to technical and business teams on the development, delivery, sale, and operation of industry-leading technologies, provides instructions to outside counsel on prosecuting applications globally, manages GM’s global patent portfolio, and resolves patent-related disputes with external parties including managing litigation. 

Key practice areas include Corporate Compliance, Corporate Development, Product Litigation, Environmental & Safety, International Trade, Complex Litigation, Intellectual Property, IT Cyber & Privacy, and Real Estate.

About the Internship

The intern will support the IP Legal Staff in protecting GM’s industry-leading technologies related to automotive vehicles and other mobile devices.  This will include:

• Working closely with engineers to identify possible inventions and develop them into viable IP;

• Developing the global IP strategy together with the senior leadership team;

• Using analytics to evaluate GM’s patent portfolio and those of its competitors; and

• Implementing operational changes to achieve patent prosecution KPIs and to streamline the patenting process.

During the summer, interns will learn (i) how to apply patent law in a practical manner across a significant IP portfolio, (ii) best practices for managing outside counsel and interacting with internal clients, and (iii) methods for incorporating technology tools into GM’s patent prosecution practice.

Additional Description

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Pursuit of a Juris Doctorate (JD) is required
  • Must be in 1st or 2nd year of program (1L or 2L)
  • Eligible to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Excellent writing, editing and written communication skills with proven ability to research, write, edit, and proofread communications.
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented and results driven.
  • Basic software coding experience.
  • Knowledge in key legal trends that impact the organization
  • Commitment to integrity and quality.
  • Demonstrated experience as a self-starter with excellent ability to organize resources and establish priorities.
  • Proven ability to establish rapport, both internally and externally, and create an environment of continuous improvement.
  • Professionalism and poise working with senior leaders and executives.
  • Familiarity with information technology including various business and/or legal specific software, Outlook, and digital means of communication.
  • Experience and comfort working in a fast-paced environment where decisions must be made and work done in real-time while planning for longer-lead assignments.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong coding experience in a professional or educational setting
  • Experience with VBA or Python is a plus
  • Experience with applying data science or analytics
  • Previous legal support and/or engineering experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of automotive industry environment and business needs is preferred.

This role offers the following Work Appropriately strategies:

  • Remote: This position does not require employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee’s role enables them to work off-site on a permanent basis.

GM will provide a one-time lump sum taxable stipend payment to each student selected for the 2023 Student Program.

The median level of the monthly salary compensation for this role is $4,700-$6,100, dependent upon class status and degree. Benefit options are not available for this role.


About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at or call us at 800-865-7580. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.