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Katelyn Mineo '15

Katelyn Mineo ‘15: Interning at the FDA

Mineo’s path to law school and subsequently, to this prestigious internship, came by way of her extensive background in chemistry and a desire to apply it in a professional setting.


Katelyn Mineo ’15 is spending her final semester at Seton Hall Law as an extern at the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Policy in its Silver Spring, Maryland office. The FDA internship affords her the opportunity to work on projects that cover the range of the FDA’s public health mission, such as interpreting and enacting pieces of legislation, reviewing agency guidance documents and researching and drafting responses to petitions on a variety of subjects.

Mineo’s path to law school and to this prestigious position came by way of her extensive background in chemistry and a desire to apply it in a professional setting. “I earned a degree in Marine Chemistry at Rutgers and then went to work as an analytical chemist at Merck,” she said, “But after a year I knew I didn’t want to spend my career in a lab.”

She was attracted to Seton Hall Law for its renowned Health Law program, and once she arrived, began to pursue courses in Compliance. “It was a natural fit,” she explained. “There are a ton of health law courses, and this region of the country is home to most pharmaceutical companies.”

Mineo has taken advantage of all the region has to offer. After her first year, she participated in the Johnson & Johnson Compliance Fellowship Program, which provides a stipend to a student working in a 10-week summer fellowship in the company’s Compliance and Legal Departments. Last year she was a Summer Associate at Reed Smith, working on cases related to health, regulatory and compliance issues.

Professors Jordan Paradise and Tara Adams Ragone are providing additional academic support and mentoring as Mineo requires, to complete her semester. Following her internship and graduation, Mineo plans to return to Reed Smith as an Associate in the firm’s Princeton office.