Continuing in our series, Internship Impact, here is the story of Ria Thomas a recent Intern from INSEAD working in Accenture Strategy in Singapore. She tells us about her experience as an Accenture Intern and what she learned.
Being an MBA intern at Accenture was a great experience for me. Working for clients in an industry entirely new to me was overwhelming at first but I quickly felt at home with the friendly project team. The project itself was very exciting and I felt proud to be a part of the team that was tasked with creating a digital strategy for a large client and in diverse markets like Singapore and Malaysia. Towards the latter half of my internship I moved on to a different project to get a flavour of other kinds of projects within the Financial Services division at Accenture Strategy. This time I worked for a client in the payments industry and for a very different issue!
My decision to accept an internship at Accenture Strategy in Singapore was based on a mix of three things – the opportunity to interact with and learn from intelligent, friendly and experienced consultants, the opportunity to work within the Financial Services industry and the opportunity to be based in the Asian Financial centre of Singapore. Although there were a lot of late nights in the office, hurried lunches and office dinners, there were also opportunities to socialize after work. At the First Friday of the Month outing – a monthly event where the leadership team updates everyone on the company’s business performance I was able to get to know colleagues located at different client sites.
As the only MBA intern, I was expected from day one to contribute like a full-time consultant. I was also treated like one and had an opportunity to meet with the client representative. In addition, I was assigned a mentor who had graduated from INSEAD. Although we were never on campus at the same time, sharing the INSEAD tag automatically created a bond between us and it was great to bounce ideas off him and ask the questions I may hesitate to ask a senior colleague.
As I get ready to go back to INSEAD to complete the remainder of the year, I feel grateful to Accenture Strategy for this crash course into the highly addictive world of consulting.