If you are interested in learning more about life at PwC, the PwC summer leadership program is a great opportunity for you to get a feel for the firm’s unique work culture. Join us for a wild ride through the ups and downs of PwC’s leadership program – known as Elevate. You’ll want to pay attention, as Elevate is another way for you to stand out during the application process for PwC’s formal internship program.
In addition to the door it can open to future summer internships, Elevate offers an opportunity for you to network with PwC employees, get to know other impressive students, and have a little bit of fun!
An Overview of the PwC Summer Leadership Program
Elevate is a 1-3 day summer program designed for undergraduates who have completed their Sophomore year and want to know more about life and work at PwC.
In order to be a part of Elevate, you will need to formally apply for an internship at PwC. Internships are held in the summer following your Junior year.
If you are accepted to an internship, you may be offered to attend Elevate. Keep in mind that PwC wants to give every intern an offer to return! As such, your participation in Elevate is your first step at securing a position at PwC.
How to Apply for PwC Summer Leadership Program
So how do you know if you are eligible to apply for PwC’s Summer Leadership Program?
- You must not have participated in Elevate or a PwC internship previously
- A minimum 3.0 GPA (a 3.5 will really set you apart)
- You are currently a sophomore, which means you are a 2nd year student in a 4-year university program or a junior in a five-year program
If you meet the eligibility requirements for PwC’s summer leadership program, reach out to on-campus recruiters (if applicable) for the latest insight into the application process.
You can also apply directly on PwC’s website as well. Beware, however! Spots are limited and the program is competitive, so make sure you network before blindly applying online!
So, when do you apply for an internship? Be prepared to apply in January of your Sophomore year. If PwC conducts interviews on campus at your university, they usually do so in March.
If interviews are not offered on campus, you will likely have a virtual interview. Find some of our best virtual interview tips here.
PwC is looking for candidates that are personable and able to comfortably carry on a conversation with a senior leader. Be calm, prepare for your interview (we can help!), and communicate in a linear, structured manner to increase your chances of success.
Preparing for the PwC Summer Leadership Program
If accepted for an interview, be sure to prepare for a behavioral interview. PwC is interested in how you will fit into the culture it has established. You can also expect the interview to be very conversational in nature.
You can expect questions such as, “What role do you find yourself in in a team environment?” and “Give me an example of an obstacle you worked to overcome and how you overcame it”.
You can also expect to be asked why you chose to apply for the program at PwC and what you wish to get out of Elevate. Be prepared to give very specific examples to support your answers – stories make the best answers!
Know your resume well and be prepared to walk through it in 60 seconds (chronologically). The firm doesn’t expect you to have a ton of experience yet, but does want to see if you have the drive (as exhibited by GPA and on-campus leadership experiences) to be a future consultant.
Next Steps – Preparing for PwC’s Summer Leadership Program
If you have an interest in working at PwC, the Elevate program is where you should start. Getting an internship at PwC prior to graduation is one of the best ways to secure employment with the firm after graduation. The ability to network with employees at PwC is invaluable in regard to helping you obtain a position at the firm.
Keep in mind that if you do receive an offer to intern at PwC and are invited to attend Elevate, you don’t have to accept the internship prior to attending Elevate. PwC’s summer leadership program will likely help you decide if an internship with PwC is something you do indeed want to do.
If you need assistance with crafting your resume to ensure you stand out in a sea of candidates, or you need assistance preparing for your Elevate interview, we are here to help. We offer resume editing services and interview coaching. Work with us today!
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