The Cohen & Company Experience
Jul 16, 2019
My summer internship at Cohen & Company is flying by. I feel like it was just yesterday that I came in for my first day of training and now I am over a month into it. There has been many things over the past month that have made me enjoy my internship at this firm. One of those things is the people. Everyone in the office is so friendly and approachable, from staff accountants to the partners. I think one of the best thing Cohen & Company does with their internship is assign you a learning buddy. My learning buddy was super helpful with any questions I had, especially on my first return when I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and most of my question had super obvious answers. Then we were fortunate enough to have a fun opportunity to hang out with our buddies outside of work. My group of interns chose to do an escape room, which was a great way to put all of our different problem solving skills to the test.
Besides assigning you a learning buddy, the people at Cohen & Company really make you feel like you are a part of the company right of the bat. To start, on our first day, they held a happy hour for us where lots of the employees came to meet us. Additionally that same week, we had a partner dinner where we went to Masthead Brewery for pizza. It was a great way to get to know the partners at the firm because it seemed less stressful outside the office. These events were also a great way to help me get to know my fellow interns better.
Cohen & Company has made my first internship experience great because I have learned so much and everyone has been so friendly. I really feel like I will be able to apply the things I have learned to future jobs and classes. One of the biggest piece of advices I can give to future interns is do not be afraid to ask questions. It might feel like you are being annoying by asking lots of questions, but how are you expected to learn if you don’t! From my experience, most of the times the answer I get to one question ends up helping me on every additional return which proves how important it is to speak up if you need help. Every person here is willing to help, and if they can’t answer your question they will find someone who can. I have found that I learn the best from the answers to my questions. As my internship comes to a wrap, I will miss the view from my bench of Playhouse Square and Lake Erie, but I will walk away with ton of new skills and knowledge.