Former Administrative Intern at Deloitte & Touche, LLP
almost 2 years ago
I'd say definitely try to find opportunities where you can learn more about the specific firm and industry if you are interested. Be proactive and open to these opportunities. The best advice I could give to succeed (basically anywhere) is to be independent while dependable.
Make sure you show your team you are hard working. Prove to them you are a benefit to the team and more. This is important because they will be the ones who give you a written review. People talk, so if you get a good name for yourself then that'll help! Also, make sure you attend events and activities they host; be involved! I'm not saying all of them, but attend them if you can. Lastly, it's important to make sure this is what you want to do before you consider it as your full-time job.
Like I've said, Deloitte hires for the people, not particularly for the skills they possess prior to interning. The best way to end your internship with a full-time offer in hand is to do your work with a positive attitude, have an inquisitive mind (don't just do the work, know why you're doing what you are, aka understand the process), and network! Get to know your colleagues and be professional and personable. Grab coffee with your partner one morning before work and ask them about their time with the firm and any advice they have for you. Talk with your buddy and counselor they assign you and make the time you meet worthwhile. Don't stress, in my experience Deloitte makes the harder cuts hiring interns, and it is very typical for almost all interns to receive full-time offers.
The work ethic and attitude you bring with you every day to work speaks volumes. If you come to work every day with the attitude that you are going to help your team and make a difference in the audit then you are going to do great.
Be professional (don't fall asleep during training or meetings; I know this is obvious, but it has happened), polite, engaged, willing to learn, and willing to do any task your senior or manager gives you. They told all the interns this during my training week: they don't have a set number of full time spots to give, so it's not a competition between the interns. They have no problem hiring everyone that does a good job during the internship.