One of aims of the internship was to develop a greater understanding of the role of an auditor, and to see what they do on a day-to-day basis. In that respect, my aims have been achieved. One criticisim I have is that, at times, there was not enough work available.
I have extremely enjoyed my placement. I have learnt so much about the industry that I work in (Banking and Capital Markets) without having the grueling hours that many bankers work. I have been able to apply what I had previously learnt at university to the work i have been completing, and now have a better understanding of what final year modules I would like to do during my final year. I have made many new friends during the year who I am sure I'll be working with again if offered a graduate position. The work can be daunting at first, especially if like myself you're not used to a corporate environment; but you are given a significant amount of training and support from your colleagues. During busy season (January - April) the hours can be longer than a standard 9-5/6, however everyone is in it together and you are rewarded with team meals and department parties.
The work was varied and the people were honest and friendly. I was given a lot of responsibility to get on with tasks and was not chased or constantly watched by managers. The working was flexible ( work from home/office/client site). I really enjoyed going to all of the client sites and seeing their offices and the way they operate.