Price Waterhouse Coopers (aka PricewaterhouseCoopers). It’s one of those names you’ve likely heard before, but aren’t necessarily sure who they are or what they do. The second largest (or largest depending on your criteria) professional network in the world, their services include consulting, tax advisory, assurance, financial advisory, actuarial, and legal. The company in its current incarnation was founded in 1998 with the merger of Coopers & Lybrand (an accountancy firm founded in 1854) and Price Waterhouse (an accounting company started in 1849). It’s unofficially called PwC, and it has offices and branches all over the world (nearly 800 cities at last count).
Internships are a big part of their corporate structure, and Price Waterhouse Coopers goes out of its way to make applications easy for students. Their program is well designed and structured for each participant to get the maximum benefit from their time with the company. Each intern is paid, and receives on-the-job training that allows them to work alongside key staff and personnel. Additionally, the program includes professional coaching and job shadowing at virtually every level of the corporate hierarchy. It even has the International Intern Experience, which allows select individuals to spend some time at various branches throughout the world. All in all, the PwC internship program is considered world-class.
PwC has an online portal that simplifies the entire process. It’s quick, intuitive, and easy, requiring just four steps to get the ball rolling:
- Create a username and password
- Add your work and academic experience
- Provide your contact details
- Submit your resume
The portal also includes informational videos, and a list of upcoming PwC events (the company frequently hosts seminars and networking events on campuses throughout the world in order to meet students and promote their brand). Be aware that the PwC internship program is only available for those still in school, and lasts about eight weeks. The academic requirements include a GPA of at least 3.4, and an undergraduate or graduate degree in economics, accounting, actuarial science, finance, computer science, mathematics, or statistics, among others and depending on your desired department within PwC.
Creating your online profile as outlined above is where you should start. Beyond that, PwC has recruiters assigned to most major schools.
You can connect directly with the PwC responsible for your school via their contact form. Simply fill in your details, select your school from the dropdown menu, and add your question or brief letter at the bottom. It will automatically be sent to the appropriate individual.
PwC typically conducts two rounds of interviews when possible. The first takes place on-campus. It is shorter and a bit more informal, serving as a way for PwC to get to know its applicants. Round two is usually more formal, taking place in a PwC office. The advice for an internship interview with Price Waterhouse Coopers is the same as for most interviews. Be yourself. Offer opinions and not just answers. Speak well and succinctly.
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PwC goes above and beyond to reach out to, connect, and develop relationships with students across the US and the rest of the world. From frequent campus events, to assigned recruiters, they want students to connect with them at all levels. Their internship program is quite simply one of the best. Create a profile and apply online, and touch base with your school PwC representative (if it has one). Nail the interview(s). And you’re in. An internship with PwC is designed as a springboard for your career and a meaningful learning experience for you.