Intern for Large Corporate Tax Team
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship. The environment was very welcoming and I was able to learn a lot. I was very intimidated at first to be working for such a prestigious firm, however as I grew familiar with the work environment, I was able to gain confidence. It was a very focused but casual atmosphere. Not quite how I had imagined.
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During my internship I felt that I contributed valuably to deadlines on some projects I was involved in. I thought I was appreciated and encouraged by the people in my team and I felt a strong sense of team spirit amongst my colleagues. I always felt welcome and included. This helped me build confidence during my internship.
I was assigned a buddy and a career coach. This was incredibly useful as both of them provided much needed and much appreciated guidance to me. I felt comfortable and encouraged to ask questions when I was unsure - and you will be unsure about a lot of things! - and was given very involved and thoughtful responses each time.
I was the only intern in my team so I was a bit busy at times. However there were some days when I had a completely clear schedule. I would say that 70% of the time I had a work assigned to me. Because I am an intern I couldn't always get involved in tasks as a lot of things required higher level, more technical knowledge.
I would say I was given a good amount of responsibility. I was in charge of seeking out work, organising my schedule. I got to organise meetings and get involved in a lot of work. I didn't always get to contribute, there was a good amount of note taking and shadowing involved, but I found this experience just as valuable as I learnt a lot.
Degree wise, I think it was useful to utilise the skills I learn during my degree, as my internship was in a related field to my undergraduate course. I think putting these skills to practice and applying them mentally in the work I did really helped to solidify my knowledge. For soft skills I think I have had excellent exposure to what it is like interacting in a professional environment. Skills which are invaluable
It was great! Friendly people, Non-stop free food/snacks, free beverages. I mean, the office was a bit cold, but I always wore a jacket. The dress for your day policy helped create a more casual environment. I felt that everyone genuinely cared about each other and that was great for morale!
It was very organised I think. A few minor things could have been more clear, but I think that is because it is such a large firm. However I always had someone I could ask, and people were more than happy to answer questions. Communication was done very well. I had a good idea of what was going to happen during my internship before I even started.
Loads! I was really surprised. They really value your personal development. I am not sure if I just got lucky with the team I was in, because each team has a slightly different vibe, but I thought it was great. I had training sessions even during my internship and there is even more training during the graduate role.
Well for my area, you get ACA training paid for, as well as ACA college paid for and paid study time, which is great. Also the internship is a great way to get on the graduate scheme. However you have to get great feedback from your internship, so make sure you show the skills of a Pwc professional, and you have to get a minimum 2.1 in first year and second year to get the offer. You find out if you get an offer on the last day of your internship.
Great social scene. There was a good amount of socials for everyone. Drinking is mainly involved, but there was an away day to an amusement park, a team breakfast, weekly team quizzes, intern induction activities and a bunch of other things depending on which team you join. There are also a lot of sports events, I joined Netball but couldn't make the games because of where I live and the fact I didn't have a car. But someone offered to drive me! Proving how nice people are. I only put two stars less because a drinking activities was the main thing among the other interns, which I am not big on
I was in Birmingham city centre. Rent for the 6 weeks was about £960 in a great student accommodation 15 minutes walk from the office, but it was my personal choice to rent, many interns commuted from home. Food around wasn't too expensive, so many food option as well. I didn't go to any pubs so I don't know how expensive drinks are.
I didn't go out at night personally, but after work there were always large crowds from all the offices at the nearby pubs and restaurants, so it must have been alright. I know there were a lot of options when it came to finding places to go. City centre, Jewellery Quarter and Selly Oak were the top choices. And people went out fairly regularly, so i think a 7 or higher.
Yes. Many. There were sports activities, quizes, team building events and exercises, all sorts of things, and I was always invited and made welcome. So don't worry about just work work working whilst you are here. There's an activity to do at least every week. The balance for interns is very good, although I know it is different at associate level.