Troutman Sanders and Aurora Establish Internship for Student Veterans

July 10, 2013.  The Aurora Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with Troutman Sanders in Norfolk, Virginia.  Bill Burke, who is a second year law student at the College of William and Mary and a US Naval Academy Graduate, interned at under the firm's Partner, Mike Gardner.

As part of Aurora's intern program, students provide a summary of the their experience, to include how the internship has impacted their transition to civilian life, key take-aways, and leadership lessons.  Bill remarked that he had learned several things that were important to not only his personal development, but also his professional advancement.  He re-confirmed that law is the right career path for him, and that government contracts and admiralty law were his calling. There were several lessons from military training that transferred to the civilian workplace, such as initiative, constant communication, and flexibility when priorities shift and deadlines change.  He also noted the parallels from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training, which are part of Aurora's program and are taught by former Command Sergeant Major, Reggie Williams.  Specifically, Bill focused on the consistent drive to be pro-active and strategically thinking of "win-win" that are  equally prevalent in the workplace as they are in the military.

Bill's 11-year naval career included a tour in Iraq and several assignments in Norfolk, Virginia.  After returning to civilian life, Bill decided to return to school and earned his Masters in International Studies in 2010.  His next steps include further preparations towards next summer's position and pursuit of his J.D.

His mentor at Troutman Sanders, Mike Gardner, spoke highly of Bill's work for the firm.   In fact, he shared feedback that he received from other attorneys.  Each time, the comments were simply, but emphatically, stated:  "Bill's good!"  Thanks to this experience, plans are in place at Aurora to continue partnering with Troutman Sanders on veteran internships.

The entire team at the Aurora Foundation is proud to include Bill Burke in our esteemed group of "Aurora interns" as well as Troutman Sanders as one of our newest industry partners.  To learn more about Aurora's internship program, please visit our visit our website,, or contact us at Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our service men and women.


From left: Mike Gardner, Bill Burke, wife Jen Burke, and Tom DeWitt

From left: Mike Gardner, Bill Burke, wife Jen Burke, and Tom DeWitt

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