My time at Accenture was hugely enjoyable because there was a very supportive atmosphere for interns in which to thrive. They really treat interns as potential hirees and that is reflected in the fact that so many interns return to work full time for them, although I did not take up their offer.
As mentioned, I felt hugely valued. The work was remunerated very well and I constantly felt as though I was welcome back. There is a real family feel in the sense that interns are considered to be no less worthy than current employees and rightly so because otherwise they would not find any benefit of hiring interns.
Not as much as I originally thought - they rely on interns already having a good knowledge of Microsoft Office and other technical tools. However, I would say that a lot of support was given towards on-the-job learning and there was an emphasis on teaching interns to pick up new concepts very quickly.
Given that I study an arts subject, there is limited application of of my internship to my studies. However, it did teach me how to manage my time properly. Moreover, I feel like I can achieve more within a given day by waking up earlier and packing more into my day.
It was very well structured - given that Accenture have internships for penultimate year students every year, I imagine that they are constantly improving their programme based on feedback on what they are doing correctly/incorrectly. This was really borne out by the fact that they put a lot of emphasis on our opinions of our time there.
Excellent - all interns felt valued. We have all kept in touch with each other and there continues to be a camaraderie even among those who were not offered a full time job or did not take up such an offer. Only thing I would improve would be to have access to more of the internal training that full time employees receive.
Quite heavily for an internship programme. Although we were given little technical training, there were a lot of sessions on presentation skills, how to interact with clients and general soft skills. This I feel is important because many interns do have the technical knowledge but lack on the soft skills necessary to succeed.
Very well - we were doing the exact same work as full time employees although there were slightly lower expectations with respect to the quality of our output. Thus, I feel as though we were under less pressure than the full time role would require. Nevertheless, it was a good exposure to the expectations and values of the company.
Very much - before we were accepted, we had to learn the company's values inside out and there were numerous interviews in which we had to demonstrate how our own personalities align with those values. During the internship itself, this was enhanced through several team outings and strategy/culture days with senor management.
The internship enabled me to confirm my interest in pursuing a career in consulting full time. It also helped me to establish that technology consulting is probably not for me and that I suit more general consultancies slightly better. Nevertheless, digital consultancies such as Accenture are held in high regard and it has set me up well for the future.
All travel expenses were reimbursed.
There were ample opportunities - mainly in the form of social events - for interns to interact with other members of the firm. There were also several strategy days in which we were able to speak to people at all levels within the company. This I have found very useful in building my network.
As mentioned, there were plenty of networking/social opportunities - mostly outside of hours but as mentioned, there were also several strategy days. It was nice to figure out that the company invests in forming relationships with potential full time employees - something that cannot be said of all consultancy firms.
Throughout my internship, I participated in numerous sports - namely football and badminton. I am aware that netball, yoga and other fitness sessions are on offer too. More niche interests are not catered for because there would cost the firm more to accommodate - nevertheless, I did feel Accenture invest a lot in people's wellbeing.
Definitely if they are interested in digital/technical consultancy. If not then they can still learn a lot through having such a prestigious form of work experience. The opportunities not only to land a full time role but also to improve general confidence for graduate applications are great so one has nothing to lose.