How has your internship differed from your beginning expectations? How has it been similar? Has anything surprised you about your internship?
I expected to be overwhelmed by work, content, tasks and people during my first few days at work. Fortunately, my introduction to PwC has been gradual and not intimidating. The environment is extremely welcoming and the people who work here truly seem like they are on a team (even though it may be a team of thousands). I am surprised at my day-to-day workload and the amount of freedom I have. At first the freedom was a bit uncertain, but I am finding that it allows me to reach out to different people and gain experience on a variety of different projects. There are many similar aspects between things I have learned in my courses at the University of Michigan about Environmental Departments in firms, and it’s cool to see them in action. I am learning more about metrics, reporting, how changes and renovations occur, and how different international offices engage and collaborate on larger scales to accomplish unified results. For example, it surprised me that every PwC office works on environmental initiatives completely independently, like recycling. But it is the job of my supervisor in the New York City office to encourage changes and provide templates and opportunities for other smaller offices to take on these types of changes.