In this “Day-in-the-Life” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and internship experience of our students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management as they reflect on what a typical day in their internship role looks like.
Name: Haley Francois ’22, ’23 M.S.
Major: Master’s in Accounting
Internship Title/Company: External Audit Intern at PwC
Describe your position and what it entails?
My position is in external audit. This means I am helping with the audit and review of a public entity. During my internship, I help my team perform a quarterly review of our clients’ financials and helped with the interim test of controls.
What does a typical day in your role look like?
I arrive at the office and immediately check my email to see if I have any messages from my seniors or other members of the team. Typically, I have a morning check-in with my seniors to go over my new tasks for the day and review tasks I must finish completing. Afterward, I spend the remainder of the morning completing any of the work we discussed. For lunch, I either eat with my team or spend time with the other interns in the office. After lunch, my afternoons usually consist of finishing up assignments and checking in with my seniors with any questions I may have for them. Most afternoons I take a coffee break with other PwC colleagues who I am networking with. After a couple more hours of work, I head home for the day.
What do you look forward to most coming into work?
What I look forward to the most when coming to work is meeting with my team and working with them. PwC has wonderful people, and it has been an amazing experience getting to work under them. They are very responsive to questions and ensure the internship is a learning experience. Additionally, they do not just hand you “intern tasks”. Instead, they allow you to be a helpful part of the work the team is doing.
How did you land this internship?
I landed this internship through the traditional recruitment, application and interview process. I spent a lot of time attending PwC recruitment events throughout my sophomore year leading up to the application deadline. I met with the Syracuse PwC recruiter multiple times to get an understanding of what the firm was looking for in my application and interview. I utilized the network PwC and Syracuse have to meet with many Syracuse alum who now works for PwC, in order to learn more about their experience.
How has Whitman prepared you for this internship?
Whitman prepared me with an excellent baseline knowledge of accounting and the financial process. Especially, the audit class I took last fall allowed me to enter the internship process with some knowledge of auditing. I am thankful to Whitman for providing a network of individuals who work at PwC who are more than willing to help me during my internship.
What have you learned so far from this experience?
I have learned more about how an actual audit process works on a client. I also have gained more knowledge pertaining to PwC as a firm, especially about their values as a corporation.
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