The Joy of Learning as an Intern

Dear my fellow colleagues,


This is Stiven, your fall and current intern at IMS Legal Corporation.


I wanted to share an incredible experience that I had last Friday, September 16, 2016. Like every Friday of every week of this semester I am required to meet with my internship faculty supervisor at Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ) to discuss my internship progress. My major coordinator and supervisor goes by the name of William Swinton, who is well rounded person, but is also strict on academic procedures. Besides having to meet with my coordinator/supervisor on the weekly basis, I also have to write a weekly diary in reference to my internship progress and reflections. Depending on what I write on my diary, I must discuss with my coordinator/supervisor on that weekly meeting.

On last week`s diary entry, I wrote that so far my experience at IMS has been incredible as I continue to make progress on many different task that are assign to me on the daily basis. In the past two weeks, I have learned many new characters in Japanese, but most importantly there is one legal program that I have become most aware of during my interning time. This program that I have acquired knowledge of is called the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program give eligibility to the citizens of these 38 nations to visit the United States visa free under the electronic system of travel authorization also known as ESTA. However, being a citizen of any of these 38 nations is not the only requirement, the individual is also required to have an electronic-passport that contains all of his/hers biometrical information mainly for electronic identification purposes.

In reference to my learning of the eligibility procedures for ESTA, there is now a new important act that was implemented by the United States government in 2015 making stricter for individuals to qualify for the VWP. The government calls it the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorism Travel Prevention Act of 2015. This act states that citizens that qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will no longer qualify or be admitted to the United States through this program if they are dual nationals of the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria. The act also state that those who have traveled to these countries or been present on or after March 1, 2011, also will not qualify to travel under the Visa Waiver Program with limited exemptions such as military or diplomatic purposes.

Consequently, as I discussed my accomplishments and reflections with my coordinator Dr. Swinton, he was quiet amazed of how happy and how much great of an effect IMS had already made in me in so little time. After reflecting other points of my diary and having left his office, professor Swinton wrote me an email stating that he was very impressed with my positive energy and my initiative to work in an environment that has really been out of my comfort zone. As I continue to make reflections or awareness in regards to the legal procedures here at IMS, I am happy to being able to assist my colleagues with any of their daily tasks. I hope this post can bring you as much joy as it did with me last Friday, in the meanwhile I will continue to enjoy my journey here at IMS.





Stiven Vargas

Temple University Japan Campus

Fall Intern 2016