A different internship experience: Online teamwork makes the dream work
November 19, 2020
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Hey there, I’m Joel! I learned about the team-oriented work culture at Accenture from my seniors and friends when I was looking for internships. Many of them said that Accenture people were approachable and willing to help answer any questions that they had. Those were important factors for me—I wanted to intern at a company that gave me opportunities to learn and hone my skills while being a valuable asset.
I applied for an internship at Accenture in January and was asked to go through the assessment center, Intern Experiential Day, at Sentosa. It was a fun and memorable experience. I took part in activities that required teamwork, collaboration and innovation—key qualities needed when working in Accenture. My internship started in April, and I was deployed to a modernization project with a government agency. The project involved shifting the client’s systems from legacy technologies to a future-proof technology.
I was assigned to complete the System Integration Testing (SIT) of a function in the program. My other tasks included creating and preparing test suites, test data validation, and debugging and fixing codes. I also had to collaborate with an automation team to execute testing for the function I was in charge of. My day-to-day work consisted of a morning status call with the team, where each member gave updates on their work progress and tasks to do for the day. After that, I either did testing or supported my mentor in priority tasks.
Due to COVID-19, I worked from home for the entire duration of my internship. This meant that I had to be more independent. It was a challenge that I managed to overcome by working hard and asking for help when needed. Another hurdle was connecting with people virtually, as I preferred to talk face-to-face when it came to work-related matters. To avoid miscommunication, I scheduled meetings with team members to make sure everyone was clear on our objectives. After each meeting, I sent out an e-mail containing a summary of discussion points, helping decrease the time taken to finish tasks.
My team and I bonded during our weekly tea-time sessions, where we put work on hold for 30 minutes to an hour and just talk about anything and everything. We even played online games to relax and unwind. On the last day of my internship, I was able to meet up with my supervisor and team members.
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Because I was working from home, I had extra time to work out. This made me more awake and increased my productivity. I even managed to lose 5 kilograms!
Even though this internship was different than what I had in mind, I was still able to feel a sense of achievement. It was challenging to adapt to this ‘new norm,’ but my advice is to remain optimistic and positive. Look at the greener side; you are still able to learn something new.
It has been a great and fulfilling internship, and I find that the people at Accenture are willing to help and teach you as long as they see that you are putting in the effort.
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