You would think that three years of school, half a dozen accounting classes and aboutthirty business courses would prepare someone pretty well for an accounting internship. While Iwill admit that I may have missed a few classes, I doubt that is why my time at Cohen &Company taught me more about accounting and business than anything I have taken in school. Iworked on tax research. I worked on large, complicated tax returns. I helped audit a non-profitand a 401K plan. I worked on litigation support projects. I helped pick software for a niche project. I had a huge variety of experiences and was fortunate to get the opportunity to work with so many different (and extremely talented) people. But the most important part of all this isthat I was asked to do important tasks and given challenging assignments across this broadspectrum of experiences. That is what sets Cohen apart for me, and it is what made myinternship special – Cohen & Company will challenge you to take on as much as you can, even if it means making mistakes the first time around.With little over a week under my belt at Cohen, Steve Wank took me out on a 401K planaudit where I tested to make sure the plan had accurate records of participants and had followedthe plan document in allocations, loans and other issues. I asked Steve a lot of questions aboutwhy we did certain things, and even more questions that had nothing to do with the part I wasworking on at all. Each time Steve made sure I understood his answers, and that I grasped thewhole process instead of just telling me how to do my part. As we worked, issues came up thatneeded the controller’s clarification, and after our first set of questions, Steve just told me to goask about any issues I had on my own. I thought it was really trusting of him to let the newintern just ask what I felt was appropriate, and while it may shock those with cubes near mine, I became a bit unsure about myself raising issues about the plan with a controller who had nearlyforty years in age on me.