A Warm Welcome
Mar 26, 2020
Category: Towson University
I am in my 12th week of the internship for Cohen & Company, in Hunt Valley. I had never had an internship before and this was my first professional role. My first day, I was so anxious because I didn’t know what to expect. I remember walking through the office and seeing my desk for the first time. I was almost instantly relieved because my cube neighbors introduced themselves and invited me into the conversation almost immediately. I instantly felt like a part of the team.
Over the next couple weeks, I was asked to do numerous things I have never done before, so naturally I had questions. Every time I asked for help, I was made the priority and whoever I asked dropped everything they were doing to help. Throughout these interactions I was treated as a coworker, not an intern. The amount of support I received was unlike anything I have experienced and allowed me to develop these tips for future interns.
1.) Introduce yourself as soon as possible. This seems like such a minor thing to do, but makes a big difference. Going out of your way to meet people before you are on an assignment with makes it much easier to communicate, for them and you.
2.) Make multiple attempts. Just like everyone makes mistakes, everyone gets stuck sometimes. Don’t default to asking for help as soon as you can’t figure something out. Take a break and come back to it. This will help you identify what you need to focus on more.
3) Be proactive. This could mean asking for help if you are really struggling with something. It is important to make an attempt to do something, but equally important not to waste too much time. It could also mean seeking out more work if you are slow because at some point or another there will be down time. This gives you more opportunities to learn and shows others that you have initiative.