From Intern to Full-Time
Professional relationships should promote collaboration, growth, and understanding to create a strong work environment. At CARROLL, we foster a company culture that promotes these relationships between every employee, whether they are a department leader or a summer intern.
Adam Johnson, a former property accountant intern who received a full-time offer, knows first-hand the importance of the mentor–employee relationship and how it can shape a career. As a CARROLL intern in 2019, Adam worked closely with Tselani Lang, a senior property accountant who served as his mentor. In Adam’s experience, the best aspect of the internship was the welcoming nature of the team that created a sense of comfort, no matter his experience level. As a mentor, Tselani is grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge to help new accountants thrive.
CARROLL’s internship program creates a learning environment aimed at promoting professional growth for its participants. And supporting that growth with a hands-on mentor is a key differentiator. “It’s important to have one point person to bounce day-to-day ideas off and help tackle roadblocks that you encounter when you first start a job, and CARROLL provides that as you get your feet wet,” said Lang.
Adam agrees on the importance of working with a strong mentor, “No matter how smart you are, you always need a mentor in accounting. The job is extremely detail-oriented, and your mentor is able to steer you in the right direction and answer all of your questions.” The culture of the internship program at CARROLL, Adams adds “showed me how to appropriately address issues that rise up and how to effectively communicate with team members.”
The CARROLL internship program, which takes place each summer, provides useful experience to interns through a defined program curriculum. Each class has the opportunity to collaborate with others while working on consequential projects that improve their skills. We layer in the mentor aspect because we strongly believe that learning how to build effective working relationships from a more seasoned team member benefits both individuals, helps set our teams apart, and develops high performing teams.