Intern Blog

Keys To Success

Apr 14, 2022

Starting a new role as an intern can be intimidating. Starting a role as an intern for the second time is slightly less intimidating. However, it is an amazing experience that you should be excited to take on and not afraid of. With this being the last semester before I graduate from undergrad at Pitt, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to manage a busy season internship with taking 6 senior-level classes at the same time, and still being able to make time for family and friends.

I am not going to lie, at times it was very hard. I would wake up at 8am, leave my house for class, go right to work after, and then right to class again. I would have absolutely no free time and would leave my house at 9am and wouldn’t get home until 9pm. From this, I learned the importance of time management. The first few weeks of the semester and the internship were very hectic, as I was trying to get to know the new professors, getting to know structure of classes, while also trying to get through training and meet my new team members. I thought to myself that there was absolutely no way that I would be able to manage doing both for 15 weeks.

As time went on, I learned that I needed to discover prioritization in both my work and schoolwork. My team manager helped me to determine which returns needed to be completed first, and what wasn’t as important in the moment. I also organized each school assignment that I had by date, and tried to complete all the work in very little spare time that I had during the week. With this, I was able to balance a social life and make time for my friends and family which I didn’t think was going to be possible. I probably owe a lot of my ability to do this to both Starbucks and Dunkin!

One thing I really appreciated was the flexibility of the people that I worked with in the firm. As long as I was communicating with my managers and team members, they were more than willing to help me. Now here I am 14 weeks later, only a few weeks away from graduating and I am beginning my final week of the internship. I am super thankful for the opportunity to return to Cohen and Company and work with such a great firm for a busy season internship. Cohen allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and learn so much from people who truly care about their staff and co-workers.

Miranda Porretta, University of Pittsburgh