Over the last three decades, Compass has had a number of interns from local colleges as well as from the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) program. Sometimes the internships are short and are called “shadowing” or externships as the student is supposed to follow me throughout my day and experience “what it’s like in the real world of our business”. I usually begin shadow days with an apology because watching Tim open and reply to the huge number of emails that I get is not really an enriching spectator sport. Sometimes shadowing can be actually pretty cool as we include the student on a total immersion basis in meetings to which they otherwise would have no access. Deals getting done, advice being given, portfolios being constructed and all the details of operating a business are exposed to them for their digestion- we just set the table. Sometimes we get some actual work done by the student. Most of the time it’s an investment of our time with little immediate payback – but we keep a bigger view of it.
What goes around often comes around – hopefully when my kids need one. Sometimes our intern is a clients son/daughter. Sometimes it’s a relative of mine as was the case this past summer when my nephew Kevin Walsh a senior at Stonehill College majoring in business/finance came and worked with us. We managed to keep Kevin busy and I suspect he learned a few things of value.
Attached is a link to a recent article in the Suffolk University Alumni Magazine which features SU undergrad Chapaatou Oumarou from Niger Africa who shadowed me for a day or so last year.