Intern Blog

For the Long Haul

Jan 31, 2020

Category: University of Akron

As my first month with Cohen & Company is coming to a close, I am reflecting on my time here in the Akron office. I began this internship with zero experience, but plenty of ambition. Soon into our week of training, my realization that the classroom can only take you so far began to sink in. I knew there would be an immediate learning curve, but was ready for a challenge. My first week I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, flocking to the others for guidance. Diving into something you have never done is incredibly intimidating, but the amount of support across the offices is so encouraging to a newbie. I have yet to meet someone who is less than genuine. Alongside everyone’s willingness to help, the different Cohen & Company events have been a great way to get to know other staff you may not come across day-to-day. One of my favorites has been the partner dinner. Being able to learn more about some of firm’s partners takes a lot of nerve off of the adjustment to a new professional setting.

I have learned so much just this past month and am continuing to grow each and every day. At this point I am feeling far more confident about my daily work, but still have a long way to go. Not only am I learning software and technical accounting, but about myself; my strengths and weaknesses. I’ve already begun to see myself changing the way I do certain things outside of work, based upon what I’ve picked up at the firm. The more time I spend here, the more I get to learn about the business world and myself. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

Besides the people, one of my favorite things about this experience is that you are treated as a part of the team; in for the long haul. You aren’t here to do busywork that wouldn’t be given to you as staff. This just shows that they want you to succeed while challenging yourself, and that tells you a lot about what Cohen & Company values. Working with a company that values their staff is truly all that matters at the end of the day. I am highly anticipating what the next few months have in store.