Learning Buddy Program
Jul 25, 2019
Category: University of Dayton
Before starting my internship this summer at Cohen & Company, I was very anxious and nervous to start. I didn’t know what to expect since this was my first public accounting internship. Many thoughts ran through my head, “Will I be able to keep up with the work?”, “Do they expect me to already know everything?”, etc. My nerves completely calmed down after I received an email from my learning buddy about a week before the internship started. He welcomed me to the firm and told me he was going to be my learning buddy. He explained that I could ask him any questions big or small throughout my internship, questions even as simple as where the printer is or where to go for lunch. I immediately felt welcomed into the firm and that has continued on throughout my internship. Every intern has a learning buddy that they can reach out to for anything that they need. My learning buddy interned at Cohen & Company twice so he was very familiar with the internship program and was able to answer all of my questions. Although my learning buddy has been a great resource, everyone at the firm has been willing to help with any questions that I had.
As a thank you to our learning buddies, the PCS/IIS A&A interns as well as the Advisory interns planned a fun event with our learning buddies. After some research and voting we all decided to go axe throwing. We went on a Monday after work and had an hour and a half of fun. We got split into three groups which was great because I was able to meet people in departments other than PCS A&A. I completely surprised my group when I got the axe in the board on the first try, that was before I informed them that I have done this before. We played three different games with each other, and it was an excellent experience that I believe everyone enjoyed.
Overall, my internship experience at Cohen & Company has been unlike any other internships I’ve had in the past. I did not feel like I was just an intern, I was treated like a staff employee and I undertook similar responsibilities as a staff would. I have learned so much and will definitely be able to apply my new learned skills in future endeavors. The biggest piece of advice I would give to future interns is don't be afraid to ask questions. Not only will it help you better understand what you are doing, you will be able to do the task correctly the next time. As my internship comes to an end, I will miss my daily lunches with the other PCS A&A interns and all of the friends that I have made, but I am appreciative for the new skills and knowledge that Cohen & Company has given me.