CCD: Tell us about your experience. What were your responsibilities?
Elettra: As Accenture is a technology consulting company, most of their people work with clients on various projects. I spent my summer working with one of their top clients, a leader in big data and cloud computing. In my role, I was able to develop many skills in project management, as well as new technology. I was responsible for maintaining and updating a Microsoft Office Project Plan with the information I received on the progress of each team, both on and off shore. I also pulled data from this plan into an Excel file that gathered metrics used in meetings for executives.
CCD: How did you find the position?
Elettra: I participated in a lot of events hosted by Accenture on campus, even in the fall when they were more targeted for full-time recruiting. After that I made use of BU CareerLink* to see the postings and submitted my resume and cover letter though it.
CCD: What was the best thing about the experience?
Elettra: The people. Accenture brags a lot of their people for a reason, and they truly have the best. Everyone is always available to talk and share their experience. From day one, everyone was willing to help me out if I didn’t understand something. They host a lot of internal networking events, which is great. And they also plan a lot of events for interns, which gave us a great opportunity to meet each other.
CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this experience?
Elettra: Time management: the internship allows you to be very independent, so I really improved how to manage my time and make sure I delivered my work by the deadline.
Networking: it’s all about talking to people. They are always available.
Microsoft Excel: there’s so much more than the simple functions we learn in class; it’s unbelievable.
CCD: What’s next for you?
Elettra: I was fortunate enough to receive a full-time offer from Accenture upon graduation!