The internship was definitely a valuable experience even though the tasks were mainly repetitious, monotonous and boring. However, I still enjoyed spending my time with other colleagues, especially on social events (which were organised a couple of times) or during lunches, where I would always find someone to talk with.
Having had an induction day, we had a basic introduction into what the audit looks like, however it touched the topic very superficially. Although, we learned everything as we went, I sometimes felt as if an additional training would be beneficial. However, my colleagues were open to questions and realised that I had no prior knowledge or experience in audit.
The internship definitely helped me to understand some financial basics mainly related to accounting. Furthermore, it surely was hugely beneficial in terms of improving my Excel skills. I believe, however, that the numbers of aspects which are related to audit is quite limited, hence I did not see much potential for the future development. (It’s just my personal opinion though and I’m sure others’ opinion might be drastically different).
The general atmosphere was really good as my colleagues were open-minded and relaxed despite the stressful nature of job that they were doing. However, it is worth pointing out that the atmosphere at times can get a bit tense, especially when meeting senior colleagues. I still really enjoyed spending my time with my fellow workers, notably with other interns.
Given a short period of time which we had during internship i.e. 4 weeks, KPMG invested in interns a significant amount of time and resources. We had a couple of social events, visits around other departments as well as decent salary and free lunches. Since at that stage we did not add much value to the company I believe that the company invested plenty of resources in its interns.
On a daily basis I was tasked with the projects that normal employees would do. Although I did only very basic tasks due to my limited knowledge, the internship provided a great in sight into what sort of assignments employees do usually and what they typical day at work looks like.
We had a tour around different divisions, where we had a chance to talk to numerous employees. It was a great chance to broaden our understanding about the company culture. What is more, we participated in plenty of social events and worked with other employees on daily basis hence all of interns definitely learned a lot about the company culture and the way it is structured.
We had plenty of chances to meet employees from the firm since everyone worked on the same floor, what made it really easy to at least have a smart talk with other employees. Also, we never worked in the same team for longer than a week, what introduced a great diversity into the programme.
There were plenty of sports events, charitable actions and social meetings. Prior to starting the internship we had an induction day, where we learned about various “societies” e.g. for ethnic minorities. I was always well-informed if an event was taking place. All of the interns were on the normal mailing list hence we felt as if had been “normal” employees.
Whether one enjoys the internship, very much depends on one’s personal interests, preferences and skills. Before joining audit, one needs to consider what (s)he plans on doing after graduation. It is also worth bearing in mind that the audit work involves a lot of time spent with excel, hence at least some prior experience is beneficial.