Advice for Future Interns
Jul 13, 2021
July 12, 2021
After today, it marks the halfway point through the internship. With only five weeks of being here, there is already so much to discuss. I want to leave my thoughts and experience for any future interns that come across this blog post. I want to touchdown on some crucial areas upcoming interns should think about while also drawing in some of my own experience here at Cohen. The topics include asking questions, Imposter Syndrome, connecting with others, asking about certain projects, and having fun!
Asking questions is what I believe is probably the most important aspect of any internship. For me, I struggled with that. I have always been independent and remained autonomous in the past since I typically picked up on things relatively quickly. This includes previous jobs and in the classroom. I cannot emphasis how important it is to ask questions to your learning buddy, team leader, fellow interns, and even partners! I can understand it can be daunting in a new professional environment, however, the people you work with are pools of knowledge that are willing to help you learn and grow into the profession. Everyone in training and the people I worked with have all told me that the learning curve is very step. It is going to take some time to get the swing of things. I’ve been told by someone that it took them about six months to really get enough experience to expect most things that come their way.
The bar is set low in terms of knowledge for us interns, use this to ask questions and learn as much as you can while you are here. You will look back and realize how much have you have learned by seeking help from others when you need it.
Imposter Syndrome can happen to everyone and it is an apparent phenomenon for upcoming interns. It can be challenging going from working retail or fast food jobs to a full-time accounting professional. What helped me to get over Imposter Syndrome is to think about the goals you set to achieve as an intern. For me, I want to learn as much as I can and get experience outside the classroom. If I am to make the time here worth it, I need to put myself in situations outside my comfort zone to grow as a professional.