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The internship was well structured. I was able to work on two projects, of which I was entrusted with high levels of responsibility with both. The colleagues are great, everyone is extremely approachable, and will provide support throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend the internship for anyone looking to get into consulting, and enjoy having their abilities pushed.
From the beginning I felt appreciated and part of the team. Due to the high responsibility, my work was recognised by the teams I worked with. During both projects I was invited to several interviews with clients, and was encouraged to engage with the client and ask questions rather than just take notes.
Upon joining, you are allocated a buddy (graduate) and a line manager. Both colleagues have catch ups with you weekly, and provide support and advice whenever you ask for it. Not once did I feel I didn't have anyone to provide support for me during the internship.
I was very busy, because of the projects I was on, and their tight deadlines. This generally meant I was working from 9 - 6 / 6.30 however, the interesting work and projects make it worthwhile working longer hours, as you learn so much.
I was given a lot of responsibility. This included attending interviews, producing presentation slides that would go to clients, desk research, and organising client meetings. I also attended team meetings, where my opinion on work and ideas were heard and valued.
I will be using a significant portion of the skills I have developed when I return to Uni. In particular, using particular models and frameworks developed by PA, when structuring my work.
Everyone was very professional and hard working, but were still approachable for a chat.
The work was well organised, I was put onto 2 projects within the first day of the internship and was given work and set objectives immediately.
I received a lot of internal training during the Internship. Training courses were advertised to everyone, so if you were interested in an area you were allowed to attend.
PA is a great company to get consulting experience from. They consistently win interesting projects, and you will be in an environment which will really challenge you, but not require ridiculous working hours like some other consultancies. Additionally, the financial rewards are very competitive.
We would often go to the pub on Friday, and the grads were very inclusive. So the interns often socialised with them as well.
I lived at home, so did not have to rent in London. As with anywhere in London, it is a little pricey to go out for drinks, but not as bad as other areas in London.
there is no real placed in Victoria for nightlife, you often get the tub elsewhere.
There were often opportunities to go on events which the grads had organised, or to play sports with colleagues on the weekends.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Central London and City
14th September 2017