It was during the summer of 2016 that I got a call from a recruiter that broke the news that I will be spending my 2017 summer in one of the most prestigious professional services firm in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). I was selected to take part in the Assurance Summer Associate Program. Being an Accounting and Finance student, this internship was not just about getting a graduate job at the end of the internship but also an opportunity for me to apply what I learned in university over the past two years.
The past three weeks have been nothing short of challenging situations and excitement. As interns, we were pampered with 3 days two night stay in a hotel at Egham as part of the induction program. Straight after that, we were placed in our respective offices, where we are assigned to particular clients. I was assigned to help in the audit process of a large bulge-bracket investment bank. The audit process employed by PwC is unique and complex in its way. Auditing, in itself requires undivided attention to detail and professional scepticism, which consequently requires one to be very critical of the financial statements.
In addition to the work given, my colleagues have been very supportive throughout the internship, constantly reminding me that no question is a stupid question and curiosity is more than welcomed. It is not just the associates that I get along well; it’s the managers and directors as well whom are very friendly and are always up for small chats.
PwC is a firm that prioritises work-life balance. As interns, we were encouraged to join socials organised by the firm in our respective departments. Just two days ago, I was up on the London Eye, having drinks with my colleagues before moving on to a bar to have dinner at. It’s such an incredible opportunity to network and just gets to know more people in your department. All in all, my internship in PwC thus far has been fantastic, and I recommend others to apply here as well.
Written by: Muhammad Hafiz bin Adenan
Hafiz is an Associate at Aseanite and he is studying Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick. He previously worked as a Corporate and Retail Banking Summer Analyst with HSBC UK. An investment and finance enthusiast, Hafiz occasionally writes on the global market for the Market Mogul.
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