The lazy days of summer are anything but for Accenture interns, who roll up their sleeves to get real-world experience, learn from the experts and get a head-start on their career.
With Accenture’s Summer Intern Program currently in full swing, we caught up with Claire Lynch, a rising senior at Boston College studying Marketing, Political Science and French, to find out what she’s been up to as a summer analyst with the North America Recruitment Marketing team.
What projects are you working on?
I am working to re-imagine Accenture’s communications with candidates. In addition to analyzing Accenture’s current marketing practices and developing a competitive analysis, I’m collaborating with the team to devise a new approach to content strategy, which includes innovative ideas for social and digital practices. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with creative agencies to plan elements for new campus initiatives (including a photoshoot!), and I collaborated on business planning and the team budget.
Additionally, I am working directly with the other Marketing and Communications Summer Analysts on a group project to reimagine the Accenture Campus Ambassador Program. We will present our final recommendations in early August to Roxanne Taylor, Accenture’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.
In my spare time, I can be found exploring new neighborhoods in New York City, often with an iced coffee in hand!
What has been your best experience so far?
My best experience so far has been the Student Leadership Conference in St. Charles, Illinois. The three-day action-packed conference gave me a chance to hear from managing directors and meet summer analysts from all over the country. I especially enjoyed meeting the members of the Marketing and Recruitment teams in person after multiple Skype meetings. The teambuilding competitions gave me the opportunity to approach complex problems with a new group and under a time constraint. Our learning sessions with the managing directors demonstrated effective leadership in the new digital age. In the evenings, the summer analysts relaxed and connected. I left the weekend feeling more energized and committed to the Accenture brand.
What’s the experience been like?
I’ve had an action-packed and educational experience. From my first day with the team, my opinion was sought after and my projects made a difference. I’ve had the chance to collaborate with other summer analysts and create meaningful connections and friendships as well. Accenture employees work hard but clearly enjoying being together, and they never fail to lend a helping hand. Employees, entry-level to managing director, from across the company have taken their time to get to know me personally. Work/life balance is a concept that Accenture takes seriously, and I appreciate the company’s commitment to fostering a positive work atmosphere.
What have you learned?
I’ve learned how to effectively create an end-to-end marketing strategy. Creating overall goals and objectives (the “what”) are just as important as the tactics needed (the “how”). I’ve also learned the challenges and triumphs of working for a truly global company. I’ve learned how to maximize my own time and the time I have with my team by communicating my ideas concisely. Being new to the recruiting industry, I learned about Accenture’s highly personalized recruitment process and the company’s commitment to ambitious diversity goals.
How did you learn about the program?
I completed an informational interview with the Global Head of Corporate and Recruitment Marketing, during the fall of my junior year. We discussed an interest of mine, Skills to Succeed, one of Accenture’s company-corporate-citizenship. At the end of our meeting, she suggested I apply to the Summer Analyst Program. I knew Accenture as a well-known consulting company, but I did not know about the immense number of career possibilities. Once I began my research, I saw the Marketing and Communications Summer Analyst position open in the New York office, a perfect combination for me.
Would you recommend the program?
I would highly recommend the Summer Analyst Program. I have had a highly personalized and educational experience here in the New York office. The Accenture experience is about working with the best people every day to be ahead of the curve. This program is ideal for any candidate who is willing to work hard and learn a lot in a short period.
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