Lead Campus Recruiting Specialist
Q: What is the best way for a student to manage an internship and academic work?
A: The majority of our internships at Deloitte are full-time commitments as opposed to part-time. Students usually take a semester away from the classroom in order to fully devote themselves to the internship. That being said, it is still critical to maintain high academic standards, as we do continue to monitor that after the conclusion of the internship. If you are interning while also taking classes, prioritization, communication with your teams, and effective time management are keys to success!
Q: Can you describe how important internships are for a student and their resume?
A: Internships definitely provide valuable hands-on experience and give you a first-hand look at the work you could expect, if you started with us full-time. However, prior internships are not the only thing we focus on during our full-time hiring, and we do hire people full-time who have not formerly interned with us. Other important qualities we look for include strong leadership, communication, problem-solving skills, ability to work in a team environment, effective organization and prioritization of tasks. While these traits are usually honed during an internship, they can also be demonstrated through campus activities, other part-time jobs, community involvement, etc.
Q: What are a few common mistakes students make while at an internship?
A: Internships are an incredible opportunity to learn as much as possible in a relatively short period of time. One pitfall that students sometimes fall into is reluctance to ask questions – whether they think their supervisor is too busy to help, they think it’s something they should already know, etc. The best way to learn and improve is by asking questions! That is one outstanding benefit of working in a team – there will always be someone around to help! It is important to understand how your specific assigned task fits into the “big picture,” and asking questions is a great way to start gaining that knowledge and awareness.
Q: What is the best way to make the most out of an internship experience?
A: In addition to the technical knowledge you’ll start to gain in an internship, another equally (if not more!) important benefit to an internship is the opportunity to start building your network. Often times, students who tend to be most successful in the internship are those who embrace opportunities to build relationships with others at the firm – your fellow interns, your project teams, your counselor, your “buddy,” and various leaders within the firm. Just imagine how much less daunting starting a new full-time job will be if you have already surrounded yourself with a strong network for support and guidance!
Q: How does a student properly inquire about opportunities beyond an internship they currently hold or held in the past?
A: We are very transparent about the fact that it is our hope that all of our interns depart on their last day with a future offer in hand (pending strong performance, of course!). As such, it is very beneficial when students are open and candid about their thoughts and plans regarding future interests. This is definitely an appropriate discussion to have with your recruiter.