Public Sector Audit Internship: My First Week
From what I thought and who I met, to what I did and where I went, this blog gives a pretty comprehensive account of my first week as a public sector audit (PSA) intern at the London Euston office. Although your experience won’t be the same, I hope this gives those soon to join Grant Thornton a flavour of what is to come in your first week.
Holly, Public Sector Audit Intern
Day 1- Induction , Euston office.
After being greeted with plenty of bacon butties, the morning started with some icebreakers which allowed us interns and placement students to get to know one another. We were then given some information about what lies ahead in the next six weeks before meeting our Grant Thornton buddies over yet more food- this time a Dominoes lunch. Your buddy is a friendly face in your department who is there to answer any questions you don’t want to put to your manager. After lunch we had an interesting welcome talk/Q&A session with Paul Dossett (public sector audit partner) and then we completed some admin on our laptops.
Day 2- Induction, Euston office.
Today we met our people manager and set our goals for our time at GT. My goals included adding 25 LinkedIn connections and writing a Spilling the Beans blog (you lucky things), among others. We were also taken out for lunch, where we had the opportunity to meet some of our colleagues. To prepare us for our next day we were taught some audit and accountancy terms and given a lesson on debits and credits. Don’t panic, no prior knowledge is needed, I’m doing a geography degree and I coped just fine! To finish the day we took part in an intern challenge, with points awarded for tasks such as taking selfies in lifts with people from other departments and asking for their business cards!
Day 3- Client Site.
This was our first opportunity to get stuck in with some audit work on a client site. My tasks were explained clearly to me and everyone in the team was happy to help and answer my questions- after all it is your first time doing this, they don’t expect you to be an expert! In the evening we attended a networking event for all of Grant Thornton’s UK based interns and placement students who had travelled down to London for the conference the next day. It was fantastic to meet new people and extend my network to those outside of my own office.
Day 4- Intern and placement conference, Finsbury Square office.
I personally found this really informative as a lot of really interesting and useful talks were packed into the day, although the highlight for me was when Sacha Romanovitch (our CEO) joined the conference via a Skype call from Chicago and spoke about her vision for the firm. Projects we can undertake during the duration of our time at GT were presented to us and of course there was more free food and plenty of networking opportunities. After the conference finished we joined the end of the PSA team day, where further networking led me to a shadowing opportunity in another department- evidence that networking really does pay off!
Day 5- London Euston office.
In the morning I continued to work on the tasks I had been given on Wednesday as well as a few new ones. Perks of working in the office include free fruit in the morning (yes more free food!) and free hot drinks all day. The afternoon saw the first of our funky Friday events which the PSA team organise for us throughout our time here. This weeks was ‘The Apprentice’ challenge where we were split into teams and sent on a mad 2 hour dash around London to find a list of items (much like Lord Sugar’s task). It allowed us to develop our team work skills and it was a fantastic way to round off a very busy week!