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Great bunch of people (both other interns and people working for the company), learnt lots about the firm, made some great contacts, all for a competitive salary
Everyone was very friendly and happy to trust me with work. Only problems came with more technical pieces where, lacking specific skills, I was unable to contribute considerably.
Apart from one piece of work, my managers were excellent at making sure I understood my tasks, objectives and timeframes and offering plentiful support even in response to the most basic questions
Work was slow during periods of the placement, but this is understandable given a) our lack of job-specific training and b) the nature of the work itself
Entrusted with numerous tasks, although they always had to be sent back for checking rather than, for example, going straight into the powerpoint deck or being sent to a client, which is completely understandable
Had considered myself reasonably good at Powerpoint and Excel before I cam, but learnt much more about additional ways to use these tools
Atmosphere was variable - when at client site there was a great team atmosphere while in the office, due to noone having permanent desks, there was much less conversation and people tended to work with their iPods in.
Training week was excellent, really well thought-out. Buddy and Champion were also first-class in keeping in contact, checking we were happy etc. Only one social event organised by the firm (although we organised our own every other week). Main problem was failing to check in advance that the teams we were placed with would have sufficient work for us.
Paid us a competitive salary, gave us an excellent training week, allowed us to participate as fully as we could, and fast-tracked us through the application process for a graduate position (only needing one final interview)
If I was to work for one of the Big Four in consulting, it would only be for Deloitte.
Very active, the majority of interns kept in touch and met for lunches, dinners, drinks, coffees etc.
London is a very expensive place to travel and socialise in. Paid £375 total for my train fares in each day plus an additional £5 per day (at least) for travel to client sites. Food and drink for lunch and after work also very expensive - normally at least £5 for lunch
Invited to two events, although more did occur in other departments
Internship (1-4 Months)
31st July 2009