Intern name: Ben Rossini
Title: Assurance Intern
Place of internship: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
How did you find out about the internship and what was the application process like?
My process began all the way back in the spring of my sophomore year. I was fortunate enough to have Mary Jepperson as my Managerial Accounting Teacher and she really pushed us to sign up for interviews via Handshake. I sent my resume in to PwC. PwC originally did not give me an interview because they felt my resume needed some fine tuning. So, I altered my resume and sent it back to them. I suggested that even though I did not get an interview, they could still have my resume for future reference. They were so happy with my response that they added an interview slot. In April of 2013, I interviewed on campus. My interview went very well and I was fortunate enough to get invited to PwC's Summer Leadership Program (called Elevate). This experience consisted of two days at the office in Minneapolis. The first day was full of team related activities and fun; the second day consisted of three interviews. I interviewed with an associate, a manager, and a partner. I then got home late that afternoon and was called by HR. They offered me an internship and I graciously accepted.
What were some of the internship highlights?
PwC made sure to keep the whole experience fun and full of energy. We were able to spend a day volunteering at a children's care facility. We were able to play kickball and eventually visit Disney World. It was great to meet so many experienced business minded individuals along the way. Through the fun activities and all the work related activities, I found that each day I would meet someone new, and that was my favorite part.
What was a typical day like? What were some of your major responsibilities?
A typical day would begin with checking email and loading up all necessary databases for that day's work. When I was with a client I would walk in and load up all necessary work papers for that day's tasks. I would then meet with several different employees of the respective clients and begin documenting my findings in the work papers. I spent most of the summer doing either Mid-Year Inquiries or Walkthroughs for varying clients. When I was in the office, I was either involved in internal departmental projects or research, or I would just work on finishing up training activities or other intern related responsibilities. Basically, there was a lot of variety. No day was the same and for me, that is what made it so engaging. Each day I would be challenged to think differently or at least look at the same item, but from a different angle.
What were some of the challenges of your internship?
Obviously with any new opportunity, there is a lot of learning to be had. PwC knew that we would be coming in with little or no knowledge or their business process and databases. It took time to learn and by the end of the whole internship, I was still learning. PwC assured us that this was normal and even pointed out that regular full time employees are still learning every day. The Accounting world is always changing, and so with the struggles of learning new process' comes the thrill of always being challenged.
What did you learn?
I learned quite a bit about myself and my capacity for retaining different types of information. Everyone operates differently and finds success doing different tasks. I found the most success in group interactions and team based activities. I feel like my experience with sports all through my life has allowed me to show strong leadership during meetings and while working with others. I learned essentially about a whole new world. The working world is about establishing routine and placing you in the best position to be efficient and be happy. I developed a passion for a line of work I walked into knowing nothing about and came out of it more confident, healthier, and reassured that this is what I want to do immediately following graduation.
What advice would you give other students interested in internships?
Start early when it comes to the search process. Take advantage of little suggestions your department chair or even professors of your major have about certain meet and greets or interviews happening on campus. Had I not taken Mary Jepperson's advice to send out my resume, I would have never been in this position. It is never too early to send out a resume. I would also say that once you have put your resume out there, begin to network. The more avenues you have or are given access to during college, the easier it is to truly find out what you are meant to do after graduation. It is never a bad idea to shake someone's hand, even if you don't have a passion for what that recruiter has to offer.