So, you’ve landed an internship at BDO. Congratulations!
Throughout the application and interview process, you’ve already given us a glimpse into who you are and what you have to offer – and we’re excited to get to know you even more as you join our office.
As a member of the upcoming internship class of 2018, you’ll get the chance to gain valuable experience, grow your skillset, and see what life’s like at BDO, firsthand. To help you make the most out of your internship – and to hit the ground running from your very first day – we’ve asked interns from previous years for their top tips. Here are nine of them:
- Explore Your Interests
Take some time to learn about all the business lines and services the firm offers. Who knows? It may spark your interest in a new area, and will definitely help you develop new relationships and better equip you to talk to clients about BDO’s capabilities.
- Excel-erate Your Success
How are your Excel skills? Spending some time learning keyboard shortcuts before your first day can save you a lot of time in the long run.
- Network, Network, Network
Internships are a great opportunity to build relationships – with the people you work with as well as your clients. Networking can happen just about any time, from grabbing coffee with a colleague, participating in the intern social media group, or asking the client thoughtful questions.
- Give Back
From nationwide programs to local service initiatives, BDO Counts is a firm-wide program that encourages our people to give back to their communities wherever – and however – they choose. If your office is organizing a volunteer opportunity, get involved! You’ll be able to make an impact on your community and get to know your co-workers in a whole new way.
- Bring a Sweater
Sure, it’s 90 degrees outside, but the AC only seems to have one setting: shivering. Keep a neutral-colored cardigan or sweater in your desk drawer for maximum comfort.
- Ask Questions
No one expects you to know everything from day one. Internships are a great way to learn, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Trust us – the people you work with will want to share their knowledge.
- Buddy Up
As an intern, you’ll be matched up with a buddy who is there to support you with day-to-day questions, as well as a dedicated career advisor who will meet with you regularly to discuss your goals and provide guidance and advice. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them – they’re there to help you grow your skills and build a career.
- Keep Track of Your Progress
Volunteer for projects, keep your colleagues up-to-date on your work, and ask for feedback. Not only will it help you grow and develop your skills, but it’ll also help you prove yourself to your superiors.
- Take Care of Yourself
Busy seasons can get intense. But if you don’t take the time to take care of yourself by sleeping well, eating well, and staying active, you’ll burn yourself out. Taking care of your basic needs will help you feel – and work – better.