My favorite aspect of the internship would have to be the people here in the office. Everyone was extremely welcoming and very kind, always willing to stop and explain what was going on and answer my questions. I also enjoyed the fact that I was able to work on actual client work, and participate in client projects. My results were used, and mattered! Although this could lead to a little stress at times, especially when first learning the various types of projects, I appreciate the responsibility I was handed, and the opportunity to grow from such responsibilities.
My least favorite thing about the internship would have to be the 8-hour work day in the cubicle. The experience was a lot better than I expected, but at the same time, sitting in a cubicle 40 hours a week can be draining. I also disliked how far the internship was from my hometown. It was nice to be able to live on my own for the summer, but I did not realize how much I would miss being able to see my family.
Advice to Potential Interns
Overall, I had a really great internship experience. The people, the office, and the pay were all great. I think the people you are surrounded by really make or break your work experience. All the people in the office were a pleasure to work with, and the analysts were all extremely nice and welcoming on both a professional and personal level. This is important to keep in mind wherever you go, whoever you work for. Get a feel for the workplace environment, make sure it is somewhere you would want to work, and with a majority of people who you enjoy being around. Also, with my specific internship and experience here, I really appreciated the opportunity to grow. There is an ability here to carve out your own path, and take your career where you want it to go. This is important for when you start working full-time, for your own future.
Advice to Management
As an intern, I was paid very well and worked the typical 40-hour week in the office. I did notice that full-time hires tended to work longer hours, but they are also paid accordingly, so nothing to complain about there! The only thing that could be changed might be the training aspect. It would have been nice to receive an updated list of "how-to" steps for each type of model/project, in addition to the typical training, that might address some issues that interns usually face when first starting their internship here. Based on my own experience though, such issues were easily solved by asking my co-workers for their advice and help whenever I ran into something unfamiliar. So overall, changing that is not necessary, but might make the first few weeks a little easier and less demanding for the full-time workers as well.