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Cisco Systems, Inc. Legal Externship Opportunity
Fall 2014

Job Description

Support the following legal groups in the Cisco Legal Department located in Research Triangle Park, NC:

v  Legal-Supply Chain Operations : Provide legal support to Global Supply Chain Management (GSM).  Negotiate a wide variety of contracts (e.g., Manufacturing Purchase Agreements, Original Equipment Manufacturer agreements, Original Design Manufacturer agreements, etc.).  Also serve as a trusted advisor and partner to GSM in taking responsibility for Cisco innovation from the drawing board to the customer, whether it’s complex, high-end, configure-to-order products or high-volume commercial goods. Significant focus on effectively simplifying supply chain contracts and contracting process, successfully managing contract manufacturers, and creating inventive ways to recover value from returns—all while striving to positively impact Cisco’s top and bottom lines while effectively managing legal risks.  Intern will be expected to:

     Use and interpret templates, draft memoranda and business documents related to supply chain management and collateral matters

     Legal research related to supply chain topics and other corporate supply chain interests

         Assist in development of new contract templates and new contracts management processes

     Participate in and help prepare for cross-functional meetings with business groups and other members of the legal department

·         Assist in contract negotiations with attorneys and commodity managers.


v  Cisco Capital Pre-Owned Equipment : Provide legal support to the Cisco Capital line of business known as Pre-Owned Equipment, which refurbishes and sells Cisco-branded products on the secondary market through Cisco-authorized partners and wholesale brokers. Intern will be expected to:

·         Use and interpret templates, draft memoranda and business documents related to Pre-owned Equipment transactions and collateral matters

·         Assist in development of new templates

·         Assist in integration of POE Legal and compliance processes with Cisco Legal contract management processes

·         Assist in negotiation of contracts with partners and brokers

·         Perform general research on regulatory compliance and related issues as it relates to used technology equipment.


v  Americas Enterprise & Commercial (AEC) Sales :  Provide legal support to largest single sales segment in Cisco.  The AEC Legal team supports all aspects of Cisco product and services sales in the U.S., with a range of Cisco customers from large, well-known enterprise customers, to small business customers.   Primary areas or responsibility will include:  

·         Use and interpret templates, draft memoranda and business documents related to sales transactions

·         Assist in development of new contract templates and clauses

·         Research key compliance areas to support Cisco’s dynamic business

·         Assist in negotiation of contracts with partners and customers.

Qualifications & Experience

     Demonstrated interest in corporate law, strong technology interest and proven aptitude for learning new technology areas

      Candidate must be a 2L or 3L law student

      Student must be able to report to work at the Cisco RTP campus, such hours to be determined shall meet the school’s externship credit requirements (*start/end dates are adjustable based on class schedules)

         Selected student must perform any and all externship duties through the general externship program for course credit.


Application Process

        Please submit: (i) writing sample (no longer than 4 pages); (ii) cover letter; and (iii) resume




Personal Characteristics

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who has demonstrated the ability to function in a fast paced, results-oriented, global company. Our successful candidate:

     Should be willing to challenge the norms and processes and look for ways to add value and improve our strategy, tactics and methods

     Must have strong analytical, communication, and writing skills

      Must be able to work well cross-functionally

Company Description

Cisco Systems, Inc. is a global technology company and the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco has over 63,000 employees in over 165 countries.  The legal department is led by Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, who manages a team of 250 professionals worldwide.

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