Intern Blog

Expectations vs. Results

Feb 02, 2018

It’s the middle of the fourth week, first day of February, and more than half way through the day. Busy season is here. Coming into this internship, I was ready to dive in. I was willing to work an insane amount of hours a week, attend many client meetings, and make friends at the coffee pot- just like in the movies. The internship so far has been full of ups and downs. Sometimes I am connecting the dots on the project, but other times, I feel like I’m blindfolded and was asked to ride my bike through a forest. Thankfully, I have found that a lot of other interns and first years feel the exact same way!

We have been told many times to ask a lot of questions. However, my advice would be to search for the answer for about 15 minutes before asking the senior or manager on your job.  I’ve found that if you stare at the problem, say the problem out loud, or ask other interns and first years for help that a lot of questions can be solved.
On that note- it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world when, as an intern, someone asks you a question and you are able to actually HELP THEM.

The hardest part of any new job, I think, isn’t necessarily the job itself, but the processes and technology systems involved. Working at Cohen is no exception! Thankfully, the IT staff here is incredible. Shout out to the IT department!

My dad has asked if something is wrong when I get home at the end of the day.  And honestly, at times I am tired and confused!  An accounting intership is challenging in many ways. At the end of the day, my questions have been answered, and I accomplished what I needed to do.  But after asking so many questions, sometimes I feel uncertain on the big picture of my major or career path. However, that is the purpose of an internship and it has been a great insight into what to what a career in accounting means. Thankfully, doubt motivates me, and that is why I keep chocolate kisses at my desk. Within arm’s reach at all times. Even when out at a client!