In this Q&A, Damian Kearney--an intern with Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) in our Manila office--tells us that Accenture's commitment to delivering high performance for growing non-profits is as strong as it is for our largest corporate clients.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Economics and am now an MBA student and Emerging Markets Fellow at the Johnson School at Cornell University. I am interested in the role that multi-nationals play in developing and emerging economies, which attracted me to Accenture and ADP.
Q: Tell us about your internship.
A: I am working on two projects. One is to help an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) develop a business case for a new internal capability in disaster recovery. The second is to help a disaster recovery foundation develop a strategic plan.
Q: What has the opportunity meant to you?
A: The opportunity has been tremendous. It has allowed me to blend my background in international work and non-profits with my MBA education. I couldn’t be happier, and I consider myself very lucky. Accenture benefits too by being exposed to some of the most passionate and forward thinking leaders in the area of disaster recovery, and its employees are enriched personally and professionally by working on such interesting and challenging projects.
Q: How has your internship shaped your impressions of Accenture?
A: Throughout my time with Accenture, I have heard people talk about “High Performance. Delivered.” How does a company that prides itself on delivering large-scale results for Fortune 100 clients do the same for a foundation with seven employees? It’s simple: the same way.
Accenture leverages its most prized asset—its people—to produce results for its clients. My colleagues challenge me every day to listen attentively, think critically and perform dynamically. Together we help our clients break down their complex problems into manageable challenges and identify implementable solutions that allow them to fulfill their long-term missions.
I can now express what so many Accenture employees conveyed to me in the last year: Pride. I am proud to work for a company that puts forward the same effort and care no matter the size of the client. I am proud to work for a company that devotes so many resources to tackling problems that affect the world’s most vulnerable populations. I am proud to work for Accenture.