Today I got to the office at 9:00 am and was directed to a conference room. I was assigned a group, which whom I will be working with periodically, through the internship, to create a presentation on a given topic. My group was assigned to the blind spot topic. For this reason, our team has been assigned to read the book "Blind Spot" to guide and introduce us to this topic. In the end of the internship my group and I will have to deliver a 10 minute presentation. Each team got a different topic, each of these issues are being looked upon by PwC. Our topic specifically relates to the lack of diversity and how we face many blind spots every day. PwC is a leading firm in diversity and inclusion, but they continue to look for ways to improve this and reduce the unconscious bias we all have. This topic aligns with the section I have been assigned to work in too, Diversity. I believe that everything I discuss with my team on Friday's will come in handy when I work on my diversity position during the rest of the week. Additionally, the reading will enhance my learning and will also help me bring a good perspective to my assigned section. I will be working on the Veterans Inclusive Network, and related projects.
Tuesday June 21th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I came in at 8:30 am and went straight to my office, which I share with other members of the Diversity section. My supervisor set up one to one meeting to explain each individual project to each person. Meanwhile, I worked on reaching out to my Coaches. PwC assigns each intern a Peer, Relationship, and Career Coach in order for each person to network and connect with people from the firm. Since I want to expand my network and get the most out of this experience I reached out to all of my coaches and set up meetings. To be honest I was extremely surprised by the quick replays and the enthusiasm each coach demonstrated. I am eager to meet them and possibly reach out for shadowing opportunities. I haven't received my project from Allyson yet, but I have been doing the things listed in the Start Intern checklist to make sure I am in track. I look foward to meeting with my coaches this week and to get started on my project.
Wednesday June 22th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I go to the office at 8:30am. Unfortunately my supervisor, Allyson, was not able to come to work but she emailed us with some things to do. Allyson had some of the one to one meetings over the phone, however, mine has been scheduled for tomorrow. Therefore, today I begun the day by answering my emails and responding to my coaches, and the continued by reading over my book for our team meeting on Friday. I read over two interesting chapters today, which have allowed me to further understand how the brain works, why people have mind spots, and how psychologist categorize the different "lies" people tell because of their mind spots. After begin done, I wanted to get a head start on my project. Even though I am not quite sure what I have to do I decided to begin my research on the Veterans Affiliation Network so that tomorrow I already have an idea on this area of diversity in PwC and I can begin straight ahead working on whatever I am given. Something that is always reiterated in every training I have attended from PwC is how diverse is their environment. After looking over the website I have realized that they are truly leaders in diversity. At lest in the Veterans network they have been recognized as one of the friendliest firms for veterans to work at. PwC focuses on helping Veterans continue learning and developing skills to further flourish in their professional careers. I really liked and enjoyed looking over their diversity projects because it has made me realize how much this firms values their people.
Thursday June 23th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I arrived to the office at 8:30am and directed to my desk. In general, it was a really busy day in the office, not only did we have an activity planned but I had three meetings. I used the morning to prepare for my meetings by looking up the meeting places and learning a little about the people I was going to meet. At 10am I headed to the Toastmasters activity, which enhanced my presentation skills. I had to leave that a little early since I had a meeting with Allyson Schiller, my supervisor, who was going to tell me about my task. Allyson is really nice and full of ideas, as she delivered to me what my job was she kept on brainstorming more and more ideas for this network. As I have previously mentioned the Diversity team has several projects going on which support the different diverse groups PwC wants to target. I have been assigned VAN, the Veterans Affinity Network. While all the other projects have already been launched VAN is recently being introduced in the Northeast office, so my job is to outline and think about how Allyson and I can start this network here. My main task, which is due tomorrow, is to craft an email, which will be sent out as part of the July note to the entire office on Thursday, before leaving for the holidays. After this meeting I headed to the atrium to meet my Peer Coach, Nelson Álvarez. Nelson is part of the Risk Assurance team and he’s been with the firm for 2 years. During his meeting he told me all about his experience with the firm and how flexible they have been with him. I enjoyed meeting with him because I was able to get an insight of what a day to day looks like for someone who entered the firm after graduation. Finally, to conclude the day I met with Theresa Le, my Career Coach. I was able to relate a lot with Theresa since she is a foreign too, so she was able to relate with me on all the culture shocks she had when she moved to America. She was willing to answer all my questions and I was able to request a shadowing experience with her in Tax. Currently she told me that she has not many things to do, but she will reach out to me if she finds a colleague I can shadow. Even though it was a long day I enjoyed staying busy.
Friday June 24th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I got to the office at 8:30 am and looked for my team room. We didn’t have a regular working day, instead we had a Tax Simulation. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from this activity, since I was not familiar with tax at all, but in the end I really enjoyed it. Since I am one of the youngest interns many on the people in my group had already taken a tax class before; however, this wasn’t a barrier for me because instead all of my peers were teaching me. When I started in PwC I thought that Tax was my least favorite, but after doing this activity I really enjoyed it. I have even reached out to my mentor of the group for a shadowing opportunity. I know very little about the topic, but it was very similar to my financial accounting class, which I enjoyed. I made even more friends, and I got closer to some of the people I have already met. These activities help me connect with other interns and get to know more professionals in the firm.