July 4th Holiday
Tuesday July 5th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I arrived to the office at 8:30am and started by checking my email after a long weekend. After revising my email I decided to work on the last details of the VAN first meeting PowerPoint. The note was sent on Thursday, so we should soon be hearing about the new members soon. Since I have the presentation done, I decided to continue to work on the Spark Page. Spark is like a PwC internal Facebook, the page I create will be like a Facebook group where people can join and be updated about the activities the VAN hosts. Also, this is a place where the calendar of this group will be posted so our members can attend meetings and join us in activities that will be hosted throughout the year. Once I had set the Spark page I began to work on the content on a Google Doc. I want to make sure everything is clear and well written before I post anything. I have a brief outline of what will be included on the Spark page, but I have to soon meet with Allyson to talk about it. Once I was done with my task I decided to update my Linkedin. I have met many people here, many whom have asked to connect via Linkedin, so I thought it would be a great idea to update my profile. I have added some new activities I had left out and also have connected with some people I have met here in my internship. Finally, to end the day I had a meeting with my book group with whom we discussed about the book. The idea was to have read the entire thing by today in order for us to begin working on the presentation
Wednesday July 6th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I arrived to the office at 8:30am and got to my desk. Last night I looked over the Final Report Outline and I realized that I could use many of the resources PwC has provided me with to do the report. Therefore, in the morning I looked over some of the resources I can only access with the office computer and I took some notes to help me with my report. Once I was done taking some notes I continued to work on the VAN Spark page content. This page will include all the information of the Veterans Affinity Network such as: mission statement, primary initiatives, events, calendar, and other information about the group. At 2:00pm I had a meeting with Guiseppe Lanni, Tax Manager who interviewed me for the internship. Since I reached out to him to connect once again I decided to prepare some questions in order to take advantage of the time he was giving me. After lunch I sat down with one of my teammates who taught me how to edit my VAN Spark page in order for me to put in the information once I am done writing it. At 2:00pm I met with Guiseppe, who was very friendly. He told me about the Tax practice and how he works with startups, he even offered me the opportunity to shadow him when he catches up with all his tasks, because he has just gotten back from vacation. He shared with me his career experience and gave me some advice since I told him I haven't decided 100% on changing my major. He told me that I should take all the opportunities I have to experience as much as I can all the lines of service to have experience with clients. The meeting flowed very well I shared with him the projects I have been working on. I really enjoyed networking with him because I get to expand my connections in PwC. I hope that I get the opportunity to meet with Dan Grady as well to grow my networking web and also to hear more about his experience.
Thursday July 7th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I got to the office at 8:30am and started by writing a checklist of the tasks I have to do. Since I didn’t have a lot of work and I still haven’t gotten the opportunity to shadow I reached out to my supervisor and asked her for help finding a shadowing opportunity. Also, one of my friends from back home put me into contact with another intern who is more advanced. We went for lunch and she told me all about her experience interning with PwC, from the Start Internship to the Advanced Internship, which she is currently doing. She entered the firm without knowing what she wanted to do, and little by little she explored through shadows what she wanted to do. This is how she figured her best fit was Assurance, more specifically the Acid Management group. Something she really enjoys is that she gets a lot of exposure to the client so she gets to be in the field and see how the firm works with other people, and she has also gotten the opportunity to connect with many people. To end the day, I met with my book group and we began to divide roles for the presentation. Our topic is blindspots and I decided to focus on the blindspots of gender. I only have two minutes so I have to plan what I want to share. I choose gender because I feel that specially in the business world there are a lot of blindspots, especially of women.ß
Friday July 8th – PricewaterhouseCoppersLLP (Boston, MA)
Today I got to the office at 9:00am and went straight to my assigned room for the Assurance Simulation. PwC does simulations of their service lines for the interns in order for them to be more exposed to more career opportunities and they can make a smarter decision on what they want to do. As we started the Assurance Simulation I became more and more aware that this practice required a lot of communication skills because they deal very closely to clients. This is a position perfect for someone who likes to talk, interact, help people, and analyze. First, we saw all the financial statements of a made up company. Our first assignment as a group was to analyze cash, so we were given a bank statement, trail balance, and some transactions. Even though I had some questions I was able to do a lot of the analysis using my Financial Accounting class knowledge. After revising this with the supervisor, she went over the different groups within Assurance, the ones I was interested in where Media & Entertainment and Utilities & Retail. Our second assignment was to analyze accounts payable. In my opinion this was easier because the way they analyze the information was more organized so it was easier for me to find the different dates on the invoices. This activity was very interesting, but it got me thinking about what the day-to-day looks like for an Assurance professional. It is a lot of excel, crossing numbers, consulting with clients, and revision. Andrea, my mentor for the project, also showed us all the software they use such as Aura, and the PwC Assurance Guide, which answers every question. After we finished this assignment we went over it with our mentor and she concluded by telling us her story and how she decided to enter the Assurance practice. From what I heard PwC gave her a lot of flexibility and she was able to find her best fit.