Caroline

Summer Internship

  • Mathematics
  • Manchester, University of
  • Internship (1-4 Months)
  • PwC

How have you enjoyed your internship and what was your favourite aspect?

I really enjoyed my Summer Internship with PwC. I’m very glad that I chose to apply for a position whilst I was at university and also that I chose PwC over my other options. It’s hard to pick my favourite aspect as there were so many good experiences! I enjoyed the variety of work; I was able to work on a range of clients from large, household names to fast-growing local businesses.

I had the opportunity to work across different areas of Tax which was useful in informing my decision about the work I’d like to do in the future. It was also great to meet a variety of like-minded people and go through the process together.

“There were always people on hand to answer my questions and I knew that my work would be thoroughly reviewed by someone more senior”

How much responsibility are you given during your internship?

During the first week of the Summer Internship all of the interns attend a residential training course. This was really useful because prior to the Internship, my accounting knowledge was pretty limited to say the least. The tutors were all PwC employees and the training was of a very high quality.

Following the training, I was given responsibility from my first day in the office. I was quickly in direct contact with clients and attended several meetings at client sites. It’s surprising how quickly you pick things up when you’re thrown in at the deep end. I was given an interesting variety of work which developed my technical and commercial knowledge. There were always people on hand to answer my questions and I knew that my work would be thoroughly reviewed by someone more senior, before being delivered to a client.

Summer Internship

To what extent will the skills you developed and training you received, assist in your degree studies and beyond?

The Internship gave me the chance to build on my organisational and communication skills and develop my commercial awareness. Since completing my course at university, i’ve returned to a full-time position at PwC within Tax in the Manchester office which is where I did my Internship. The Internship gave me the opportunity to build a network of contacts which helped me to quickly settle in to my graduate role.

Receiving a job offer prior to my final year at university gave me time to really focus on my studies without having to complete job applications or attend interviews. The offer also gave me an added incentive to do well in my exams because I was keen to return. Throughout the Internship, I developed an understanding of the Association of Chartered Accountants qualification and had the chance to speak to people who were currently sitting the exams. This gave me a good understanding of what to expect from the professional qualification and the support available both at college and in the office.

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