Written by: Jake Vogel
As the summer is coming to an end and Fall classes are right around the corner, I decided to take a few minutes to recap and look back on my Summer internship experience at Cohen & Company. First of all, my favorite part of the entire experience would be all the opportunities I was given in Columbus, Cleveland, as well as my trips to New Jersey and Virginia. I never would have thought as an intern I would get exposure to projects such as these and it was truly an amazing experience. In addition to all of the travel opportunities, I would also have to say my single most favorite part of the internship was the fact that it resulted in an offer. To see my hard work pay off was a truly rewarding experience.
If I had to choose the most important lesson I learned throughout the internship it would be that you cannot be afraid to ask questions. I have always had a very stubborn personality and rarely admit that I am either wrong or unsure of how to do something. With an internship though, you have to accept the fact that you aren’t going to know everything and in most cases not much at all. This was difficult for me at first, however once I got comfortable, I was able to figure out the best way to accumulate all of my questions at once then ask someone as to not bother them every single time something was confusing to me. Another great lesson I learned was that more often than not an intern’s attitude is much more important than his/her intelligence. In no way am I saying to abandon your studies, however focus on the real world application and continue to work on personal skills. A company would much rather have someone with a respectable GPA who can converse with clients and ask the right questions than a 4.0 student who knows the Audit guide like the back of his/her hand.
The final question I would like to answer is “Why should students intern?” To me it is a personal choice for each candidate. However, given the economy and the current job market, interning can only help your chances of employment upon graduation. Another major advantage if interning is truly realizing if the field you are entering is a good fit for you. Classes can seem pretty straightforward from time to time, however once you step into the real workplace you can see whether this career path is for you.
Since this will be my last entry I would like to thank all of those who have read or commented throughout the summer. Also, I would like to thank those at Fisher who gave me this opportunity to share my experiences with all of you. Finally, if anyone is interested on the projects we worked on as interns, please feel free to visit the Cohen & Company Fan Page by searching for Cohen & Company on Facebook. Also if you are on Twitter you can follow Cohen’s recruiter @AngRecruitCohen. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at vogel.jake@gmail.