The Next Chapter
Jul 31, 2021
Coming into this summer, I was extremely excited to start this internship. However, the weekend before our start date, the reality of what I was starting hit me. I was still excited, but I realized I was starting something I had never experienced before. I’ve had summer jobs, such as lifeguarding, moving boxes, mowing lawns, but I’ve never worked a nine to five. It hit me that this summer will be a glimpse of what my future could look like, and it made me extremely nervous. All the doubts started pouring into my mind. Was I going to like it? Am I good or smart enough to do this? Will I be able to do this as a full-time job in the future? Would it be too much? What do I do if it doesn’t work?
After the first few days of training, most of my concerns were completely gone. While I still had some doubts, having the other interns and coworkers around me was extremely helpful. Not being the only person taking this first step helped me adjust much easier. Additionally, having a buddy that knows exactly what it feels like to be in the position I’m in is equally beneficial.
The atmosphere surrounding Cohen and their internship program offers a very welcoming and understanding culture. Admitting to not knowing what you are doing is encouraged, not frowned upon. Supervisors and coworkers appreciate us interns asking questions and attempting to contribute to conversations that we might not fully understand. The staff at Cohen enjoys seeing interns making an effort to learn and understand what they’re doing, not just going through the motions. This offers an internship experience that almost perfectly mirrors what being a new hire would feel like.
The largest weight off my shoulders came from being told that making mistakes is not only accepted, it is nearly encouraged. The employees at Cohen understand that one of the best ways to learn is to make a mistake, be corrected, and fix it yourself. While asking questions is recommended, being perfect, especially at the level we interns are at, is nearly impossible. Our engagement team members and supervisors understand that in most situations, we’re not sure exactly what we’re doing. They are willing to fit our questions into their packed daily schedule to help us learn, grow, and succeed. This is something I was hoping would happen, but I did not expect anything near the standard Cohen sets.
As this internship comes to an end, I continue to find myself looking back on how much I have learned and experienced in only one summer. While the understanding of moving on to the next chapter in my life comes with fears, it also comes with a sense of excitement. The advice and knowledge the staff at Cohen shared helped me understand what my future could look like and what steps I need to take to make it happen. Overall, I am extremely thankful for this opportunity, and I wish you all the best in the future.
Baldwin Wallace University