Summer Intern Wrap-Up

Carter’s Interns Share Their Advice on How to Make the Most Out of an Internship

Earlier this summer, Carter welcomed our interns from colleges around the Southeast. The group spent the summer working with Carter’s Investment, Development and Advisory groups with a focus on Student Housing. Yesterday they delivered an end-of-summer presentation to Carter’s leadership team.

Pictured L to R: Jack Konas (Auburn), Neal Quirk (Ole Miss) and Jake Taylor (Auburn)

Carter’s culture is built on a firm foundation with our values of creativity, passion and confidence – we believe in right, not routine. When we asked the interns what the most important thing was they learned this summer, confidence and communication skills were key topics. Jake Taylor said, “I learned not to be intimidated to ask questions, even if it means swallowing your pride a little.” Jack Konas followed up, “If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.” 
On the topic of creativity, Jack commented that, even if your job isn’t necessarily defined as “creative”, you still have to continually think outside the box. For example, a certain degree of creativity is necessary when presenting research data since no two projects are identical. You always have to think on your feet. On passion, the group agreed that everyone at Carter is passionate about the work they do. “Charles Bonds (Development) is like a kid in a candy store when it comes to construction sites,” said Neal Quirk. “When you’re passionate about what you do, there’s no limit to how much you can accomplish.” 
They also all agreed that you can never be proficient enough in Microsoft Office, namely Excel.

We asked Jake, Neal and Jack to leave some advice for future Carter interns:

  • Always come into the office prepared to work.
  • Arrive early, do your work and then ask for more to do. 
  • If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.
  • You can never be too prepared for something. 
  • If you ever have to answer “I don’t know” to a question, always make sure you follow it with “but I can find out”. 
  • This is one of the best opportunities you will have to network. Take advantage of it. 
As the summer draws to a close and Neal, Jake, Jack and William head back to their respective universities, Carter thanks them for their hard work and wishes them the best in their future endeavors. 

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