I applied for Accenture for the summer discovery internship program, not knowing what to anticipate. I first got to experience what Accenture’s culture was like during the Internship Experiential Day (IED), which was a half-day fun and interactive assessment at the beach.
Not to exaggerate, but every single person I met there—both intern prospects and Accenture employees—was so cheerful and friendly that I felt comfortable almost immediately. In fact, I had so much fun with my groupmates Wei Ren and Min Hui that day that we all kept in touch and often have lunch together!
A few months after the IED, I started my internship in Accenture. My role places me in the heart of the Digital Hub. At the Hub, we help clients invent, co-create and apply disruptive solutions to help transform their businesses in today’s digital economy. Here are some of my reflections from this experience:
On the nature and the pace of the job
While my deployment to the Digital Hub means I get to embark on a unique challenge every day (completed with the help of the free coffee served by our in-house barista, Reeze, of course), our team also has daily morning team touchpoints. During these sessions, my teammates and I would meet and discuss the work we did on the previous day, as well as our current focus on that day.
In such a fast-moving environment, our touchpoints proved very efficient in tracking our progress, especially as we worked on a three-week sprint basis. My favorite part is when we review the items we’d accomplished over the past three weeks. We get to move them from the “pending” board to the “completed” board!
On the work culture and the people
Truth be told, my Accenture internship journey has not been the easiest. Learning new things to complete a task can sometimes be uncomfortable. Still, watching the people around me work so hard truly humbles me and motivates me to work even harder.
I’ve also had the privilege of working with some incredible people here. My teammates Chloe, Amanda and Brian are not only extremely brilliant; they’re also kind and helpful, giving me sprinkles of knowledge and self-esteem boosts whenever I need them. My direct supervisor is Amanda—she’s given me endless guidance and has been patiently teaching me lessons along the way.
On employee engagement and company values
Accenture events are immensely enjoyable, as well. At their Event of the Year 2019, Accenture Rocks, for example, Amanda and I hung out, played carnival games and snacked on free food. Digital Gaming Night was also a blast: I volunteered to help Sara and Jason organize it in July and we stayed on after work to play Nintendo Switch and board games while having pizza and drinks.
I love also attending Accenture’s Inclusion and Diversity events because they are so educational and eye-opening. The ones I went to include the Learn Over Lunch for Pride Month last June and the Women with Impact panel discussion. Not only do these events inform individuals like me on relevant socio-cultural issues, they also demonstrate how Accenture is precisely the kind workplace I want to be in: accepting and all about equality.
What I like the most about my Accenture internship journey
I suppose the common theme in my most cherished memories interning here is that I love everything free (free food, free drinks, etc.). All jokes aside, however, I enjoyed every working moment and every playing moment of my Accenture internship. I hope to be able to return to this amazing place after I graduate!
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