Accounting student interns with PricewaterhouseCoopers after completing PwC Freshman Connect student program
“The most rewarding experience I’ve ever had.”
This is how Martisha Durant, an accounting major in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, described her internship with Big Four professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers this summer.
PwC offered the internship to Durant after she participated in the PwC Freshman Connect program.
“PwC Freshman Connect is a program that seeks talented and interested underrepresented minority business students (not only accounting majors),” Durant said. “The program focused on monthly workshops held in the Philadelphia office that touched on key concepts for freshman in college to understand before transitioning to the business world.”
After she participated in PwC Freshman Connect, PwC offered Durant a seven-week internship at the PwC office in Philadelphia. There, she worked in Internal Firm Services (IFS) as a Start intern. The Start internship is what PwC calls the first step in their internship experience.
“I learned so much in so little time, and made friendships with people from all over the country as well,” Durant said.
During the summer, Durant said that she learned about client relations and software information within the company as well as valuable skills that she can apply after the internship ends.
“While I did not directly work on any engagements or clients, I was able to take a leap in my career by being hands-on with the company’s procedures and learning how the different lines of services in the Philadelphia office run,” Durant said.
Durant also learned the importance of client relations, which is vital as accounting is a client-based career. She said that she was glad to be able to connect with so many mentors and coaches, which she feels enhanced her experience even more.
“I’ve learned that since accounting is a client serving business, relationship building is the key to success,” Durant said, adding, “It is important to build genuine relationships and connections. That is what would make you memorable when the recruiter is going through resumes for potential opportunities.”
Durant showed so much potential during her internship this past summer with PwC that they offered her another internship for next summer.
“I cannot wait to be back at the firm and reunite with the professionals and interns that I spent this summer with,” Durant said.
One of the internship’s biggest takeaways, Durant said, was the importance of connections and reaching out to others for guidance. She believes seizing opportunities is one of the most important aspects of success.
“I learned so much from professionals that I wanted to hear more from over lunch or coffee,” Durant said. “The more mentors and coaches you have in your corner, the merrier.”