The internship was very enjoyable because it gave me a real insight into the life of a consultant. Of course it was not possible to personally experience the great diversity that forms part of the role, because of the short nature of the internship, but through talking with other interns I managed to get more of an idea of what various projects could be available.
My team was very mixed and had a variety of different Deloitte and client colleagues, many of whom were very senior. Although the team was large, the section that I was put with made sure that I felt valued and I got on well with many of them who offered me advice and gave me the chance to do many different tasks.
Deloitte assigned us both a project manager and a line manager. Although I didn't have day-to-day contact with my line manager, she helped me to set my targets for the internship. My project manager and the rest of the team often gave me advice and answered any questions I had.
I could have been a bit busier some of the time. The project was very busy and as such many of my team members had their own things to do and so couldn't always find things for me to do but whenever I asked there were normally suggestions for things to do.
I was given some responsibility, particularly for one task, but because of the high stakes I did not have very much. It was nice to discuss the tasks I was given though with my manager and discuss how they could have been improved/developed upon. However, I found the balance good because I could use any downtime to find out more about Deloitte.
The opportunity to work in an office environment with a variety of different people is always very useful! Furthermore, the hard PowerPoint skills that I learnt (along with a brief insight into Tableau) will be useful no matter which career path I take. Experiencing the different working styles of different people will also be useful.
As mentioned there were points during the project when there were high levels of stress because of the deadlines. However, there was always a friendly atmosphere and general camaraderie among my Deloitte and client colleagues. I realise this would not be the case on every project but even the Deloitte office itself seemed vibrant and welcoming.
The internship itself ran smoothly, aside from the fact that my line manager was on holiday for the last week of my placement and as such could not do the impartial review of my feedback, which was instead left to my project manager, defeating the impartiality. Besides this, the internship seemed to be very well organised.
They seemed very interested in personal training. I attended a PowerPoint workshop as well as a Lunch & Learn, Incubator event and a Partner breakfast. I know from speaking to Deloitte colleagues that many other people who were permanent employees also had the chance to do training and develop their personal skills.
At the end of my placement I was offered a full-time analyst role in consulting for next year. So I think that there are plenty of places within the organisation! They are also hiring this year for external candidates who did not do the internship as far as I am aware.
We had bi-weekly socials, including a pub quiz, darts events, dinners and Lunch and Learns. These were all excellent opportunities to meet with the consulting group and get to know them better! Many people might end up back at Deloitte next year so the focus on the networking among the students, in a more relaxed setting was really great.
London is always going to be an expensive place to live and socialise. Travel itself was expensive for the month and eating out cost quite a lot. The office was in the heart of London and therefore not in one of the cheaper areas. That said interns were given a competitive wage for their time!
I personally did not go out to clubs very much but the socials I attended were all really great and there seemed to be a vibrant nightlife with many young professionals gathering together. This was encouraged by the drinks deals in many bars in the area. Many of the other interns did stay out for much longer though!
As an intern, not so many, besides events such as the Incubator pitches (like a Dragon Den style thing). However, I know that many of the analysts do lots of volunteering and social clubs, such as sports, and that there is a gym onsite which can be used by full-time employees!
Internship (1-4 Months)
26th October 2019