Phoenix House

Compliance Officer Intern

June - August 2019 • Long Island City, NY

What I liked

I liked that I was able to really see the inner-workings of how a non-profit operated. I was able to meet and forge relations of people of all different backgrounds and educational paths that lead them where they were. In general, I was able to have a taste of how this kind of career might suit me for the near future as a prospective job, gaining experience and learning hands-on that would not be possible in a classroom setting. Despite being very inexperienced, my supervisor was very nice in trying to accommodate my needs of how I could best utilize my experience during my time as an intern there.

What I wish was different

I wish I was given a bit more background information about my role and duties throughout the internship. I came in having to do a lot of initial training and familiarization of the kinds of tasks I would be assigned, taking away the time to actually work on large-scale projects that I could head independently.


This was a lot of independent work and a lot on the individual to make the best with their time there at the company as an intern. I would say to not be afraid in speaking up and taking initial action in doing what you want. Be confident, and don't be afraid to make mistakes because this may be the only experience you can get from this kind of work.
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