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Top 7 Tips for Excelling in Intern Training

Jun 12, 2018

Category: Ohio University

Beginning as an intern at a new firm can be a little nerve-wracking, but know that everyone at the firm is there to help you succeed. Although many of the training sessions are designed to develop a baseline of knowledge to complete assignments, your supervisors will also still be there to answer any questions when you begin on projects. Additionally, they know you will not be perfect at first and are happy to help you in any way to better understand topics and steps.

Use your internship as a way to help the firm, complete strong work, network, and get a strong feel for the culture. It is also important to meet personal goals and establish at the end of the internship if you are interested in working for the firm full-time. Take all opportunities you can to get to know others and the firm as a whole.

Since beginning my internship experience, I have had the opportunity to attend various social events. During my first week, we were invited to two happy hours and a group dinner with the Investment Industry partners. Additionally, during my second week, I was selected to attend an Indians game with two clients, two partners, and two managers. Throughout my time at the firm, I have witnessed that the people are truly the heart of the firm and Cohen & Company focuses on being dedicated to providing high-quality service and connecting with their surrounding communities.

Below is a list of 7 tips I compiled from my experiences for your Intern Training and throughout your internship.

1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; there is no such thing as a dumb question.
2. Attend all networking events you can to get to know others within the firm.
3. Take notes and avoid repeat questions to maximize supervisors’ time.
4. Understand that the firm expects you to know little about the job; be ready to learn.
5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; training is a safe place to “fail” and get assistance.
6. Test all of your software early while there are many people around to help you.
7. Listen to speakers, trainers, how employees interact, and what is going on around you.