You apply for internships in the same way as for a vacancy as a starting professional: via an online assessment and one or two interviews. For work-shadowing internships, a face-to-face interview alone will suffice, while an in-depth interview is also required for graduate internships. If you successfully complete all of the application phases, you will be offered an internship contract that grants you access to the world of PwC. If the internship is to the satisfaction of both parties, then it can serve as a stepping stone to your first job at PwC!
There's a good reason for why we ask students to undergo an application process for internships. During internships, you must invest a great deal of effort as well as substantially investing in yourself. PwC will do the same. We want to get to know you before you start your internship and assess whether you would be a good future professional at PwC. As a result, your internship is not only a useful learning experience but also functions as a stepping stone to your first job. For this reason, we operate the same application procedure as for professionals.
The first step in the procedure is an online application. During this stage, you must show that you have done your homework on PwC and that an internship would be useful to your studies and professional development. A recruiter will assess your CV and cover letter and will contact you to complete an online assessment. He or she will also explain the different stages of the application procedure. If you have any questions at this point, feel free to ask the recruiter.
The online assessment asks questions that are designed to evaluate your personality and test your attributes. Your answers to the personality questionnaire give an impression of how you tend to respond in all kinds of different situations. We focus on a number of aspects in order to assess how successful your internship would be, such as how well you work together with others, how curious you are to learn new things and how well you forge relationships with your clients and colleagues. As the internship will require solid verbal and mathematical skills, these aspects will also be assessed.
The recruiter will then phone you to discuss the results and let you know if you have progressed to the interview stage.
The assessment will be followed by one or two interviews. For work-shadowing internships, a face-to-face interview is sufficient, while an in-depth interview is also required for graduate internships. During the interviews, you will meet a number of professionals who work for PwC. This will give you an idea of what type of people you will work with during your internship (and maybe longer). They will discuss your skills and motivation for seeking the internship. However, the interview is not a one-way dialogue: you can also ask any questions you may have, so make sure you carefully prepare them. Ultimately, your interviewers will assess whether and to what extent you possess the skills that we look for in new talent.
After the final interview, you will be informed of whether or not you will be offered an internship contract. One condition for employment contracts at PwC is that you undergo pre-employment screening via DSI (our independent screening partner) with regard to the following aspects: identity, qualifications, work experience, possession of a Certificate of Good Conduct, and personal solvency.
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