Today I arrived to the office at 8:00am because I had a meeting with my Relationship Coach, Jay Sivakumaran. At 8:30am I met with him in the Lobby, Kyaris, another intern who also has him as her Relationship Coach, also came to breakfast. Jay is from Australia so he started in the PwC office there. After being there for some years he decided to transfer to the US, Boston office. I could really relate to his experience as he came from a foreign country to work in the US. According to Jay, PwC was very helpful and flexible. One of the things he shared with me was the fact that he had to take the CPA in the US and the equivalent to the CPA in Australia. As an international student, as I begin to think about an accounting major, I have to also take into consideration my options upon graduation. Additionally, after lunch we had a CPA introduction course that explained what it was, and careers that involved a CPA. After this course I realized how many doors the CPA opens and even though I would have to take another standardized test in my country to be a certified accountant the CPA will definitely enhance and make me a stronger candidate. I will not only be able to pursue an accounting career, but it will open other doors. As I think more and more about changing my major I need to plan ahead towards thinking how I will complete my 150 credits and take my CPA before starting to work, or at least during the first year of my job.
Tuesday June 28th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I arrived to the office at 8:30am and continued to work on my Power Point. This presentation is an outline of the structure of what the VAN (Veterans Affinity Network), my diversity group, will look like. Because it hasn't been launched here in the Northeast, I began to look up how it is structured in other PwC offices and the different activities they do. Getting ideas from different VAN groups around the US, and learning more about the different Veteran organizations PwC already works with, I began to build a backbone of how this group will look in the Northeast. I divided the presentation into four parts: Introduction, Recruitment, Development, and Retention. The introduction covers everything from what the organization is to the mission statement, and the primary initiatives. Then recruitment piece is all about teaching our members how PwC already recruits Vets, and how they help Vets build a Pipeline in the firm. The development is all about an open discussion and what the members would like to see begin done. Finally, the Retention piece speaks a little about the different awards PwC has gotten in recognition to their inclusion initiatives and their corporate responsibility. After working all morning in that presentation I had the second part of the Becker course, which talked more about the CPA and its different parts. Even though I still have some years until I take it, this has helped me gain perspective of my future plans. To end the day, I met with Allyson and presented to her the idea I had for our VAN group and together we redesigned the presentation in order for it to work for the meeting with future members. Allyson also gave me some contacts, so tomorrow I plan on reaching out to the people she mentioned and changing the presentation.
Wednesday June 29th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I got to the office at 8:30 am and began to make the changes on the VAN presentation with the feedback Allyson gave me yesterday. Once I was done with the presentation I contacted Avery Gray, Tax Director, who brought the VAN (Veterans Affinity Network) to the Northeast. He has been working very hard to create a mission statement and plan how this group will be outlined in the Northeast. Since I have been assigned this project I want to connect with him in order to get his vision and insight on the VAN. Afterwards I decided to reach out to the two people who interviewed me for this internship. After begin here three weeks I have recognized the value of building relationships and networking with people. Therefore, I emailed Guisseppe (Tax Manager) and Dan (Partner Client Service). Guisseppe has responded and we have set up a meting time for when he is back in the office; therefore, I have to prepare some questions and also be willing to ask for a shadowing opportunity if there is a chance. After lunch I had the last session of the Becker course for the CPA. The last session was all about planning for the studying of the CPA, I learned that it is expensive to fail, so it is better to push over the exam than taking it without feeling prepared, and that over studying does no good. All this information has helped me to make a good plan once I am back in school and I decide if I really want to change to Accounting major. Having all the information on the table also allows me to make smart choices of the classes I will choose next semester.
Thursday June 30th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today we had the summer intern Olympics in Thompson Island. PwC does this activity every year to make the intern community bond. I really enjoyed this day because I got to meet many other interns which I don’t get to see in a day to day basis. It was very cool because I met many interns who had already done the Start internship, the one I’m doing, and they told me their experience and how they have been growing with the firm. This made me realize the importance of having networking connections and reaching out to people. I don’t have decided whether or not I want to do an accounting major, but if I do I think that PwC is a great firm to start and grow within my professional career.