Summer Intern in the Economics Consulting team within PwC
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my eight week internship with the Economics Consulting team at PwC. I felt like I learnt a lot and was able to apply this knowledge everyday. By being put on real projects, the work I was doing would actually reach clients, and this was a pretty rewarding feeling.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I definitely felt valued by my colleagues. They always took out the time to get me up to speed on any projects or tasks I was helping on. My colleagues were also really motivating and appreciative of my work, and made me feel like I was making a difference to the overall project.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support and guidance I received was truly fantastic! The people on my project were extremely approachable, be it associates or managers. During every team meeting, I was always encouraged to share any updates and bring up any issues I was having. There was never a situation where I had to struggle on my own or felt uncomfortable asking for help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was fairly busy everyday, with work from my main client project and a few other smaller projects or initiatives that I was helping out with. There were a few busier days (usually with deadlines coming up) and a few relaxed days, and that helped create a good balance! What I really liked was that as interns, we could choose how busy we wanted to be, so apart from our main project, we would be notified of other opportunities and it was up to us to get involved.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a bit of responsibility during my internship. From the first day on my project, I was assigned real tasks that would actually feed into the final report that we were sending to the client. I was also often asked for my opinions on what approach would work best for certain parts of the project, which felt pretty good.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt so much on this internship, and picked up a variety of skills. These included technical skills such as Excel or research skills, and skills that helped me apply what I've learnt in my Economics course to real situations. I also picked up skills required to work in a professional environment and work with people who have different working styles. I'm sure this will be helpful to me in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was extremely relaxed and collaborative. The whole team sat around one part of the floor we were on, and instead of individual desks, we had large tables. This made everyone a lot more accessible and easy to talk to, making the working environment seem really friendly. There was also flexibility with regards to working from home.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the internship was extremely well organised. We got emails with information about the internship plan and the schedule for the first week well in advance, so we knew what to expect for our first week. And during our first week, we were given a good amount of information about the next few weeks. There was never a case of one of us not having any work to do or a project to be on, which was great!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company really invested in us during our two months here. On the first three days, we had an all-expenses paid residential induction out of the office. This included introductions, networking events, and training sessions. The fact that the company took the trouble to arrange all of that for new joiners was really impressive! After getting to the office, we received more training which was really useful.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would say future employment prospects are really appealing! I would definitely want to return to a full-time job with the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?