I was given, what I felt at least, was a lot of responsibilities for someone with the minimal amount of experience that I had. My mentor/boss trusted me more than I trusted myself. This was very refreshing because I definitely would not have voluntarily taken on a few of the tasks I was given because I wasn't very confident in my background. Ironically enough, because of this lack of knowledge, I pushed myself a bit harder and probably ended up doing a better job than I would have, had I had the experience, because I determined to do the job well. In laymen's terms, the freedom I was given, though scary, helped me develop a better understanding of my own abilities and of workplace procedures.
I also really enjoyed the feel of the office itself. Everyone was very friendly and willing to sit down and further explain a task or even their own jobs. It made jumping in at the start of the summer that much less stressful to see people laughing with their coworkers.
This is incredibly specific, but I feel like there could have a been a better bond amongst the interns as a whole group whether that was through lack of time spent together or too much time spent in smaller cliques, I can't say. I think a few bad first impressions dictated how our project meetings went which created a moderately difficult environment for communicating and compromising when the time called for it. I recognize that this is a bizarre issue given that it focuses on specific people rather than the office itself, but it was a large enough hindrance at certain points to be mentioned. Maybe it involves creating set meeting times every week or holding a weekly lunch to keep people in check?
Advice to Potential Interns
Be ready to step out of the box and act as a utility player. The company is willing to let you investigate opportunities across various disciplines by listening in on meetings, working on the intern specific project and finding another skill set, or by talking a bit with other employees to hear their story and perspective.