- Client interaction, site visits: actual hands-on experience rather than sticking to the desk all the time
- Ample opportunities to employ my writing skills: writing reports and notes that are actually then disseminated and used by clients, who actively give feedback
- Globalized nature of my work: liaising with colleagues and clients all over the world from NY to London to Mumbai to Tokyo
- Medical expenses not covered when I fell unexpectedly sick and needed an urgent injection
- Computer malfunctioning
- Having to send out plain administrative emails for hours (but then, that's an intern's job)
Advice to Potential Interns
Know why you want what you want. Don't pick a job because you think it's glamorous or cool, there's no such appeal once you're actually in the real thing for more than a few months. Have a long-term horizon, don't be myopic - think about what's sustainable and where/who you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years' time. Don't just talk to people of your age range but be bold to talk even to the most senior of management if the opportunity arises - they give you a glimpse of what position you could be in in a few decades' time should you choose to stay at this firm. That way you can assess whether that's who you want to be when the time comes, kind of like peering into the future.