Training in Milwaukee
Jun 26, 2017
Category: The Ohio State University
My internship started in a place that was completely unfamiliar to me. For Investment Industry Services Audit training, my fellow interns and I had the opportunity to travel to Milwaukee and learn the ropes in their office for the week as well as explore the city a bit. Preparing for my first accounting internship naturally brought a few nerves and I had no idea what to expect, but once I found out that our first week would be in Milwaukee, I was honestly very excited. I figured what better way to plunge into such a new experience than in a new city, too? It also turned out to be a very good way to form a bond with the other interns, because not only were we all walking blindly into training together, we also got to experience a new city together as well.
In short, my time in Milwaukee was awesome. Although training could be a bit overwhelming sometimes, the staff and managers leading the sessions always did what they could to make them interactive and break things up when necessary. What really helped was that we always had something fun to look forward to after each day of training. Whether it was happy hour, dinner, or jazz in the park, there was always a social event lined up to help us blow off some steam. These social events were a great way to be able to get to know more people from the Milwaukee office, including all of their interns. By the end of the trip, I felt like I knew everyone there.
I would hope that for future trainings Cohen will still opt to send Cleveland interns to other offices when practical. I think it was a great way to keep things light and fun - knowing you’re in a new city and meeting new people made each day that much easier. Like I mentioned before, it proved to be a great way to establish a good relationship with the interns in my department. We all showed up to the airport as strangers, barely saying much to each other besides the usual introductions. However, by the time we were flying back to Cleveland, we were all good friends and I knew it’d be a great summer with them. If there is one piece of advice I’d like to pass along regarding training in general, it would be to stay calm and be confident. You will have a lot of information thrown at you, but no one expects you to retain a great amount of it or be perfect in any way. Mistakes are expected in the first few weeks of your internship, the only thing that matters is the attitude with which you respond to them. You’re here for a reason, after all.