PwC Start Internship – Summer 2016
As a Start Intern with PricewaterhouseCoopers I gained valuable insight into the world of professional services. Although I was not directly involved with client services, I had the opportunity to shadow professionals at various levels within the firm, from associates to partners. I worked with fellow interns to design dashboard views of the firm’s operations for its partners. This required me to understand my manager’s point of view and communicate key information concisely.
PwC Advance Internship – Summer 2017
This past summer, I had the opportunity to join PwC’s Risk Assurance practice in McLean, Virginia. Within this practice, PwC helps its clients mitigate and manage risks by reviewing potential risk areas such as IT technology, finance, data analytics, regulatory requirements, data security and privacy, internal audit, and the third parties clients rely on. Within Risk Assurance, I was placed within Process Assurance. This practice focuses primarily on financial and operation applications/business process controls reviews, database security controls reviews, and IT general controls reviews. To put it simply, our job was to ensure that the systems financial statements rely upon were operating correctly based on pre-specified controls or business rules.
Through observation and opportunities to represent my own ideas, I learned about professional communication and best practices. I had the great opportunity to shadow a partner within PwC’s cyber security practice which not only provided me perspective on that practice, but also the responsibilities of more seasoned employees. In doing my day-to-day tasks, I was able to familiarize myself with my client’s business in order to put my review of their system controls into context. I worked primarily with SAS code review and documenting data migration which further honed my technical skills.
Paley Library Data Analytics: September 2016 – May 2017
Working in Data Analytics at Temple University’s Paley Library has increased my knowledge of data visualization tools such as Tableau, PowerBI, and Excel. I have also learned about the intricacies of collecting data that is reliable and worthy of analysis. At the library, I have worked on projects that will influence the aesthetics of the university’s new library and the type of resources it will provide based on data received from students and faculty.
Finance 3101 Teaching Assistant: September 2016 – May 2017
As a Teaching Assistant in the Finance Department at Temple University, I was challenged to not only know the material, but be able to communicate it in a way that was clear to each student I met with. The role has taught me to be flexible and understanding of another person’s approach to learning. By doing this, I was able to strengthen my communication and problem solving skills.