Private Equity Investment Professional
New York, New York
Given the time required to train and manage an intern, employers tend to offer these positions with the goal of giving students exposure to a career. Accordingly, the goal of interns should be handling all assignments as best they can with the understanding that this is supposed to be a learning experience where you will make mistakes and encounter difficulties. My goal is to help interns understand my job and see if they might like to pursue it as a career, so all I ask in return is three things: (1) demonstrate enthusiasm; (2) show up on time; and (3) ask plenty of questions. Although that may sound simple, I am always surprised by how many interns take the job for granted and act disinterested, fail to get to the office in a timely manner, and just give a nod to each assignment when it is clear to me that they don't understand the tasks at hand.