Intern Blog

Life at the End of the Bench

Feb 15, 2019

Category: The Ohio State University

The Cleveland Office uses a seating arrangement that includes offices, cubes, and long tables referred to as the bench.  The other offices may use the same setup, but having been here a month I do not know for sure.  The first part of our intern training was taking a tour around the office and seeing where we would be sitting for the next couple of months.  I was delighted to see that my spot was located at the end of the bench, a previous home of mine during my high school basketball days.  Some offices call it the “bullpen” which also would have worked, as the only innings I pitched as a baseball player were in relief effort when the game was well over.  Hopefully my career in the field of accounting is much more successful than mine was on the court or field. 
Three offices are located behind my spot and another five are down the small hallway that starts an arm’s length from my seat.  Staff sits directly in front of me in cubes.  This seating arrangement has allowed me to meet a lot of new people as they walk back and forth to their seats. I also get to see the work effort of the full time staff, often here before I am and still here as I pack up to leave. I’ve had the pleasure of working with several people around the office already in this first month.  Everyone I have worked with has been extremely helpful and are patient as I try to get a grasp on the work I am doing. 
A busy season internship seemed very daunting to me when I was going through the recruiting process this past fall.  I was very intimidated by the hours and the intensity of the work all the way up until my starting day on January 2nd.  I have found that the hours go quick when there is plenty of work to get done (maybe even too fast at times).  As for how intense the job seemed, after the nerves of the first couple weeks, I feel I have transitioned into not only trying to finish work in a timely manner but also trying to understand what I am doing and why I am doing it.  I am excited to keep learning as I am now moving from a mutual fund to a hedge fund.  I am hoping the next couple months are just as good as the first one here at Cohen.