During their final week here at Protiviti, we asked a few of our interns what their summer has been like. From client work to social events and formal mentoring to community involvement, they have packed a lot of experiences into the past 8 1/2 weeks.
Here is what a few interns had to say…
“Business in the front, party in the back.”
Office: Charlotte, North Carolina
College/University: Howard University
Degree: Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance
Protiviti Solution: Risk and Compliance
This summer I worked on a production project for a regional bank completing anti-money laundering (AML) case investigations. While most of my fellow interns were placed on two different projects, I remained on the same project for the duration of the summer. I valued the ability to focus on one subject area and build a strong relationship with my team. I gained a breadth of knowledge about AML regulations and completed tasks that made a difference for the client.
What stood out to me from my experience with my project team was the amount of feedback that I received. In addition to receiving consistent and detailed feedback on my work, my manager and the consultants I worked with were always willing to sit down with me and address any questions or concerns that I had as it related to project work and professional development. Additionally, my manager provided me with the opportunity to assist him on a number of internal initiatives. I asked to be challenged, and the work that I was provided allowed me to expand my knowledge about the internal adjustments that Protiviti is making in order to fuel growth.
My advisors were also one of the highlights of my summer. My peer advisor, career advisor, and executive advisor have been instrumental in helping me to form my goals for the summer and connecting me with the individuals necessary to meet my goals and expand my network. During the recruiting process, I noted that the culture at Protiviti seemed to be very vibrant, and that same vibrancy extended into the summer.
In addition to my assigned advisors, the culture in the Charlotte office has allowed me to benefit from a number of informal advisors. Over the summer I’ve conducted a few informational interviews with consultants and managers about their past project experiences. Additionally, I used those opportunities to gather career advice and build relationships with people in the office outside of my project team. This summer, I fulfilled all of my goals and was awarded opportunities to explore all of my interests. I can’t thank my office enough.
“Exciting cities, clients, people, opportunities”
Office: Frankfurt, Germany
College/University: Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim
Degree: International Management for Business and Information Technology, Bachelor of Science
Protiviti Solution: Internal Audit Financial Advisory – Technology
My internship here in London might be a bit different from the experience of my colleagues in the U.S. I transferred from the German office in Frankfurt, where I was working as a trainee in the IT audit team the past three years. In Germany we have a program called Dual Studies, which allows students to split their time between working at a company and taking regular university classes. Between my last finals in June and starting as a consultant in October, I wanted to experience working abroad and approached the team in the UK. They were happy to accommodate and allowed me to intern in London for 10 weeks over the summer.
During the first two weeks in London I got to know my British colleagues by participating in social events such as the Protiviti Pub Quiz and assisting in creating several proposals for a local client. The first project was an IT Security Audit for a digital financial service provider. I was responsible for creating the work program, carrying out the fieldwork at the client’s site and identifying any gaps as well as recommending mitigating actions. Together with the engagement manager we discussed the findings to the project sponsor, who was very pleased with the outcome of the project.
My second project, which I am working on right now, is an IT SOX Control Testing project for a building materials company. I am testing approximately 45 IT general and application controls for 12 in-scope applications. What I like about this project is, that I can completely self-manage the entire testing, liaise with the client to meet and exceed their expectations and find custom solutions for unique problems. This is possible not only due to my experience from past SOX engagements over the past three years in Germany, but also because the engagement manager for this project gives me the space to work by myself while always being available in case of questions or issues.
I am learning and benefiting a lot from this internship in the UK. Not only am I expanding my knowledge and skills around IT audit and SOX related work, but I am also fortunate to meet Protiviti colleagues from around the globe who are working in London for a couple of years. It’s truly inspiring to hear their stories and see what opportunities Protiviti has for their people to work in other countries. I am hoping to maintain the relationships with the people I have met here, but I am certain that I will see a lot of faces again, either during a challenge school or 0n a globally collaborative project.
In my opinion, the London office is an absolutely great place to be for the summer. They have exciting projects, lovely pubs and the option to do some sightseeing and exploring on the weekends.
“I really, really love acronyms!”
Office: St. Louis, Missouri
College/University: Washington University in St. Louis
Degree: Systems Engineering, Minor in Operations & Supply Chain Management
Protiviti Solution: Technology Consulting
When I started my internship at Protiviti in the St. Louis office, I did not expect to spend less than 7 days total in the actual St. Louis office itself! I was shocked that on my very first day I hopped on a plane to Chicago for a week of client work. That ended up being pretty indicative of my entire summer. As a person who is always looking for ways to add variety to my schedule, I loved how much I was able to do, see and travel during my 7 weeks with Protiviti. The client work was engaging and insightful, as I was able to learn from consultants, managers and directors who seem to have endless knowledge on whatever subject you might ask them about. I can’t count the number of times I scribbled an acronym followed by a thousand question marks during conference calls, but my team was always there to explain them and teach me the business context of everything I heard. Overall, I believe my internship at Protiviti has prepared me for whatever my future wants to throw at me in my professional life and in my interactions with others.
“Promotes holistic development in a supportive environment”
Office: New York, New York
College/University: Binghamton University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentration in Finance
Protiviti Solution: Risk and Compliance
Before starting this internship, I thought that I would have someone assigning me daily tasks and guiding me to complete those tasks. However, to my surprise, it was nothing like what I expected. My project managers fully entrusted me with the assignments and I was given the autonomy to complete the tasks in the most conventional way. I was also given the opportunity to work and collaborate with colleagues from other Protiviti offices. My first project was an internal initiative around agile risk management and my second was on the assessment and mapping of a virtual money transaction monitoring and filtering programs.
Outside of the client, the environment in the office is very supportive. I was given three advisors, all of whom are very approachable and friendly! They are very generous with their advice on how to succeed in the internship as well as how I can achieve my goals for the summer. Everyone in the office, from seniors to managers, and managers to managing directors, are very welcoming and helpful.
Although the past 8 weeks have gone by at a blink of an eye, the internship program has provided an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Confidence is one of the traits that I often struggled with. However, the past 8 weeks has given me the opportunity to work on my weakness. I realized the importance of being a confident individual and how it goes a long way in the consulting industry. From the projects I worked on and the various networking events that I participated in, I have become more confident in myself and with my deliverables.