I interned at JP Morgan Chase this summer in the audit department. I engaged in client meetings, documented testing, participated in weekly trainings and line of business overviews, and presented a case study to the general auditor as a final project.
Personally, I learned that you can be trained to do anything. You don’t need to be a 4.0 student and be at the top of your class to be good at a real life job. It is all about how you can communicate with others, pay attention to detail, and get your work done efficiently. Classes definitely help you become more prepared, however the real world looks more at your personality and motivation to do work well. Regarding my view of the world, I realized what a normal 40 hour work week is life and how hard people work and care about their jobs. People are way more approachable and personable in the business world than most think in college. Because in fact, we are all humans.
I worked closely with an assigned coach and she became my mentor for the summer. She showed me how to do almost everything and gave me her work as a good example for me to go off of. She showed me what I hope to become after I graduate college. I also became very close to the other interns in my department, which was helpful to talk to people my own age about the job. We traveled to New York City twice together for training and presentations, which brought us closer and allowed us to experience a new, busy culture.
My team welcomed me with open arms and I felt like I had been a part of the team for years. My manager gave me career advice in regard to continuous education and constant learning. Senior management spoke to us on a weekly basis and gave us advice about the business world and how to improve. It was cool to have management take time out of their day to talk to interns. They often said to do the work you are given now well, and you will be trusted, and can move anywhere you want in the future. We also engaged in community service, which was nice to give back to locals.
Presenting at the end of the internship allowed me to have more experience in public speaking and being confident in front of a crowd. It gave us a chance to describe what we had been learning and working on all summer. Going to after work activities allowed me to get to know people on a more personal level. Overall, the people who surrounded me helped me grow professionally.
This change is valuable to my life, because I now know how important it is to get to know the people you are working with. I learned more than just auditing skills, I learned how an office culture functions. I learned how different parts of a bank work together to help customers. I have gained so much business and culture knowledge that will help me in any job in the future, which is what I wanted to get out of this internship. It truly was a great summer!