Laura Smith '11
Employer: PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, NY
Internship Title: Summer Intern
Describe your duties:
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a public accounting firm involved in various activities such as consulting and audit work. At PwC, I interned in the Audit division in the Financial Services sector. My job over the summer was to help the audit team collect information and document the audit work. More specifically, I was assigned to one of the company's largest financial services client, JPMorgan where I assisted in ensuring that the financial statements consisted of the correct numbers and correct information. In addition to these duties, I also provided general support for the audit team such as making copies, sending faxes, and making phone calls.
What did you enjoy most about your internship?
As an Intern, I was treated as if I were a first year associate. I was never treated like an "intern." My co-workers saw me as another colleague and assigned me work accordingly. One great thing about PwC in New York City is that a lot of Bucknell alumni work there. In an office of over 5,000 employees, I would run into different Bucknell alum a few times a week. This allowed me to quickly become comfortable with such a large firm.
What did you enjoy least about your internship? What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
At first, I did not enjoy the long hours without a lunch break, but it is the nature of the job. The most difficult aspect to become accustomed to during my internship was working 9 to 6 each day. Initially, waking up early every day to go to work was challenging, but eventually I got into routine.
How did your experience at Bucknell prepare you for your internship?
Academically Bucknell prepared me very well for the internship. Bucknell has a great accounting program and I found myself utilizing what I had learned in my accounting and auditing classes throughout my internship.
What recommendations do you have for other students considering doing an internship?
Start looking right away. It is never too early! While some companies only hire juniors for internships, do not let this discourage you. I got my first internship after my sophomore year. Take the time to update your resume. Its hard work to create a resume and find an internship during the school year with all the homework and ongoing activities, but the harder you work at getting an internship the more likely chance you have of getting one. Future employers like to see that you have had working experience whether a part time summer job or an unpaid internship. If you do not have summer plans and do not have an internship yet, I suggest starting your search today!