Today I got to the office at 8:30 am and went straight to my room. I revised my email and began to work on a checklist for the week. I only have five days left in the office and I want to finish strong. First, I reached out to my coaches and asked them to meet for a last time in the office. Afterwards I did a checklist for the VAN project and everything I need to complete before I go. There are some people I need to reach out for ideas for the Veterans Day event and also finish some last touches on the Sparkpage. Then, since my group for the consulting project, Blind Spots, got chosen to present in front of the partners I decided to rethink a little more slides and my notes. I did this in order to make my presentation run smoother and connect more closely. Finally, I ended the day by talking to some Advanced interns and asking them about their experience with working with the firm and returning. Since I got the offer for next semester I really need to evaluate my options and decide whether PwC is a good fit for me.
Tuesday July 26th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I got to the office at 8:30 am and went to my conference room. Here I met with a colleague who had a call with a Partner from Strategy& (Advisory). Because he was going to pitch to the Partner the reason he wanted to be in Strategy&, he wanted to practice with me. From his speech I learned more about the PwC services, and the Advisory practice. There are three things he mentioned that remain with me, and also made me realize why I wanted to be in Advisory more. First, he told me that it is a great way to learn about different businesses, how they work, and the way they are structured. Because Strategy& looks at Deals, more specifically merges and acquisitions, they need to look at every aspect of a business when merging two companies. Therefore, when merging two companies they have to be aware of every aspect of the businesses in order to bring them together, from finance to branding. Then, he said that Advisory presents new and different challenges in every project. Because all businesses are different the challenge to merge them will always vary. Solving new problems all the times improves your analytical thinking skills, and also your problem solving skills. Finally, the last thing he said is that advisory challenges your brain to look at a problem many different ways and it pushes you to search for answers in new avenues. From this experience I realized how much you can also learn from other interns and that in PwC I was not only building a network with professionals, but with my colleagues who in the future work in different places. Afterwards I finished some last minute details on the Spark Page which I need to hand over this week and I connected with people I met in the office who worked on my floor.
Wednesday July 27th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I got to the office at 8:30am and went straigt to work on my presentation for tomorrow. I practiced my part alone and at 10am my group met to do a run through. Paty, IFS Manager, came to give us final feedback and challenge us with questions Partners could possibly ask us. The run through went really good, everyone had practiced and our first presentation already gave us a taste of how tomorrow will be. We just tuned some positioning details. Paty gave us really tough questions about the compliance, which made us really rethink our solution and really develop a structure if the judges asked. Then we changed around some working to make it more professional, but after Paty’s feedback we all felt more confident. Then, for lunch Allyson, my supervisor, took my team to eat. Allyson is great and it was a good moment to connect outside the office and learn more about each others backgrounds. Also, we used this as an opportunity to thank Allyson for being a great mentor throughout the internship. In the afternoon, there was not much work to be completed so I continued to practice for my presentation.
Thursday July 28th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I got to the office at 8:30am and went straight to the 5th floor to meet with my team and practice any last minute things. Once we were done running over last details we just relaxed together before the presentation. At 9:50am we entered the room and introduced ourselves to the Partners. Our presentation flowed very well, the conclusion had the same strong impact as last time, even one of the Partners got emotional and cried. I felt that I struggled a little in the beginning and got stuck, but ultimately I was able to come back from that. The Partners were very happy with our presentation since they acknowledge the importance of our topic considering everything happening around the world. They agreed with our solution and they asked some questions regarding logistics and how we would carry out the compliance. Thanks to Paty we were prepared to answer those questions as we had thought them through. I was happy with our presentation even if we win or not. After lunch we had a Tax webcast explaining the different careers with in Tax. One of the things I really liked was that it gave you stereotypes of what people think Tax is, and what it really is. One of the things I had always thought is that Tax is very repetitive and you don’t travel, but actually the projects vary between clients and also you do get to travel from time to time. After the webcast I finished the day by requesting the Snapshot from my supervisor.
Friday July 29th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I got to the office at 8:30 am, my last day of the internship. I went to the office and looked at my email. All the people I email yesterday (coaches and PwC professionals I had connected with) had replayed so I made sure to answer. Afterwards, we had a farewell breakfast with all the inters and a talent show. This was very entertaining, and a lot of people had great talents. Afterwards I made sure to cover all the things in the checklist before returning the computer. Since the email can only be accessed through this computer, I had to make sure I had everything answered and covered. Also, Ann approached me and told me that I was selected to do Star Masters Advisory, I was very excited because I know this was very selective and it was something I really wanted to do. Finally, to end the day I returned my things and thanked my supervisor, Allyson, and recruiter, Ann, who have helped me make the best of this experience.