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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Intern Appreciation

By Anne Hoang
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Chicago, IL

During winter busy seasons, many professionals would agree that they could not survive without their interns. From Day 1, we see the meaningful impact our interns make to our firm, and as a ‘Thank You’ to them, the Chicago interns stepped away from the busy office to celebrate their accomplishments. The Chicago Intern Appreciation Event this past March was held at Little Goat, a famous local eatery owned by Stephanie Izard, winner of Top Chef Season 4. 

Chicago Interns at Little Goat
Highlights of the night included:

· Enjoying the second-floor private party room to ourselves

· Having Stephanie Izard as our personal chef
· Eating an unlimited supply of food including Shrimp Sliders, Seared Tuna, and Homemade Hummus
· Celebrating a successful busy season! 

I was fortunate to catch some of the interns before their internship ended to ask about their experiences the past few months.

Q: What was your most memorable experience during your internship? 
“Overall, working with large clients and having independent responsibility.” –John H. 
“The after 8 pm “relaxed” work environment. Nerf guns in the office, dinners, March Madness.” -Sanup D.
“The camaraderie. There wasn’t only one moment but a collection of moments. It isn’t work all the time.” – Briana H. 

Q: What was the best piece of advice given to you during your internship? 
“Take everything one step at a time. Find a good balance between asking questions and trying to find solutions on your own.” –Allie Z. 
“Think of mistakes as rungs of a ladder. Just make sure you make new mistakes, not old ones, as you go up in your career.” –Raul R.
“It’s easy to focus on the things you do wrong, but take time to focus on the things you do right. No one will be sold on you unless you are sold on yourself.” –Yan L. 

Q: What is the best piece of advice you would give to an incoming intern/full time associate? 
“Socialize. Make connections with others. They are your support.” –Raul R.
“Humility is key. Be sure to show it.” –Alex M. 
“Work hard. Be on the lookout for opportunities and ask if others need help. It will help you differentiate yourself.” –Briana H. 

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago? 
“Hub 51.” –Allie Z.
“Taco Fresco.” –Yan L.
“Piece Pizza.” –Raul R. 

Happy eating and more importantly… happy end of busy season!

Chocolate desserts and fried oysters!

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