B.U.I.L.D. @ Shearman

Black Undergraduate Internship & Lawyer Development Programme

BUILD @ Shearman

We are delighted to announce that we will be running our Black Undergraduate Internship & Lawyer Development programme (B.U.I.L.D. @ Shearman) for the third year in 2023.


  • B.U.I.L.D. @ Shearman is a programme that will provide work experience and mentoring opportunities for talented students (university level and above) from the Black community
  • The Programme will provide students with a four-week internship in Shearman & Sterling’s London office and connect each student with supervisors and mentors who will provide guidance during their time at the Firm, as well as ongoing mentoring following completion of the internship
  • Interns will spend a two-week rotation in two different practice groups in the London office (four weeks total) including the Antitrust, Finance, Funds, International Arbitration, M&A and Project Development & Finance Practice Groups
  • Interns will have the opportunity to attend trainee and Practice Group training sessions and specific Intern training sessions on relevant topics such as commercial awareness and the graduate recruitment process
  • High-performing Interns will be fast-tracked and guaranteed an interview for a subsequent vacation scheme of the interns’ choice. Participants in our vacation schemes are automatically considered and assessed for a training contract with the Firm

Hear more from last year’s interns:


  • The programme is open to black undergraduate students and graduates from all backgrounds
  • We require all candidates to achieve a min. 2.1 degree classification (gained or predicted)
  • The recruitment process will involve completion of an online application form. Successful applicants will then be invited to an online Zoom interview with a member of the graduate recruitment team and an associate
  • This is a paid internship. Interns will receive £500/week
  • The next programme will run from 4 – 28 July 2023

For your chance to join us

Apply now

If you are interested in our BUILD programme, you may also be interested in attending our online “BLAQUE in the City” panel event, featuring a number of our black associates, trainees and future trainees.

You can register for this event below:

BLAQUE in the City 2023