The Baltimore Office
Mar 12, 2018
Category: Stevenson University
An internship at Cohen & Company is a unique experience. I am an intern in the Baltimore office’s audit department and we mainly audit hedge funds, commodity pools, and now cryptocurrency funds. Finance classes may touch briefly on these topics and accounting classes are even less likely. So working for Cohen is a learning experience right from the start. But going to work every day knowing you will learn something new keeps the internship exciting and rewarding.
The culture within the firm is great. We work with a niche industry so your coworkers understand that it may take some time before you have a solid understanding of what you are doing. There is always someone willing to answer your questions and take the time to work through a problem with you. But more importantly, from the start you are treated as a member of the team. You are treated as staff rather than an intern. What I have enjoyed most so far is being able to work through an audit on my own. This allowed me to do workpapers I had never worked on before and get a full picture of what an audit in the investment industry looks like. A manager worked with me through the audit’s entirety and was always available to help me when I was stuck.
A Cohen internship sets you up for a smooth transition to full-time following graduation. Interns are assigned to specific audits, included in team planning meetings, invited to attend CPEs and encouraged to ask questions. At the start of your internship you are assigned a manager as your ‘mentor’ and a senior accountant as your ‘buddy’. My mentor always makes sure I have something to work on and will stop by just to talk and my buddy is always available to help. The mentor/buddy program helps you adjust to the internship quickly by having two people to show you around and the ways of the firm. Overall, interning at Cohen & Company has been a great experience so far and I look forward to my future with the firm!