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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hello NY Interns!

I had the pleasure this week of visiting our New York office to observe and participate in the Orientation Program for the 23 new Summer Interns at that office. Over the course of this month, almost 100 Summer Interns will start at McGladrey offices across the country, and in three weeks, they will all gather together at our annual Capstone Intern Conference.

The New York office Interns are a diverse bunch, coming from schools across the country, including Notre Dame, Univ. of Colorado, Univ. of Maryland, Loyola (MD) College, Syracuse, Binghamton Univ., Baruch College, Virginia Tech, Fordham Univ. and several others. They spent most of their first day learning about the organization and getting exposed to the information, tools, resources and people that will help make their Internship experience a successful one. The highlights (IMO) were two panels, one that included our Line-of-Business leaders, and one that include several of our first-year associates, most of whom were prior McGladrey Interns themselves.

During a Q & A session, Line-of-Business leaders shared their wisdom of what it took for them to succeed and excel in the public accounting industry, as well as their views on what makes McGladrey a unique place to work within the industry. The first-year associate panel did much of the same, but from a very different perspective. Everyone on the panel had just finished their first busy season, so they were able to share their recent, relevant experiences. It was also clear that the first-year's were a tight group, with relationships and friendships that were build during their time as interns. The interns I spoke to after the panels found them to be highly valuable as they relived some of the fears that they had coming into the day. The day ended with a wine-and-cheese reception in the lobby which also included several other Partners, Directors and Managers.

The second day was more focused on tools and resources, on a tour of the office and being introduced to their 'Buddies'. The day concluded with a volunteer event, where our interns helped sort clothes an outfits for Career Gear, a non-profit organization providing career counseling, interview appropriate clothing and follow-up job support to men actively seeking employment. The interns navigated the NYC Subway system from Mid-Town to Downtown in full McGladrey gear to help out a great organization, and had alot of fun at the same time. The pictures below should provide some sense of what these two fun and interesting days were like for our new New York office interns.

In a couple weeks, I'll be spending time with our new interns in Maryland and Virginia, and then a week later, we'll be providing daily updates from our annual Summer Intern Conference, so stay tuned for more internship-related posts throughout the summer!

New York Summer Intern Orientation

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