Your internship at PwC 

An internship at PwC is different: exciting, diverse and challenging. Whether in auditing, consulting or marketing, you will find the internship that fits your educational background and interests. We will give you in-depth insights into our everyday work and support you in gaining as much practical experience as possible.

How do we do this? At PwC, your coach and buddy are always there to support you – no matter what it's about. It is important to us that you learn everything that interests you and that you get the most out of your internship, professionally and personally. We want to support you and your development. That’s why our Internship Programme offers social events, networking events and workshops in addition to daily learning on the job.

We offer internships in all our line of services: Assurance, Tax & Legal Services, Internal Firm Services, Deals, Consulting and Digital Services.


Internship Journey

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About internships at PwC:

Our aim is for you to experience an exciting and challenging internship and to develop personally and professionally. And we want you to get the best out of this experience – together.

Our values and behaviours define us and shape our expectations about working with our clients and each other. So, dare to challenge the status quo and try new things. Innovate, test and learn from failure. Keep an open mind to the possibilities in every idea – in short: reimagine the possible. Through the Internship Programme, we will give you the opportunity and the tools to do so. How could this work out for you personally? Watch our former interns tell their success stories.

Continuous learning is key to your personal and professional development! Our Internship Programme ensures structured development and valuable first-hand experience, all while having fun with inspirational colleagues.

Séverine Rohner, Head Learning and Development

Stories of our people

PwC's Internship FAQ

What's the duration of the internship?

The internship has a duration of 6 months.

When does the internship start?

The starting date of your internship it's decided by arrangement or according to job ad.

How far on my studies do I need to be to apply for an internship?

The internship is for students from the 4th semester at a university or university of applied sciences.

What are the prerequisites?

You...

  • have a good academic record and knowledge of English
  • are a team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • can identify yourself with our purpose and values
  • are motivated, eager to learn and willing to create added value for our clients.

With which field of studies can I apply for an internship?

Are you currently studying Business & Economics, Law, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics or Life science? Then we have your internship experience.

Do you offer part-time internships?

All our internships are full time (100%) employments, only if titled differently in our job ads.

How does the application process look like?

Learn here more about the stages your application will pass through, about our selection criteria for new hires, and what we value in our new colleagues.

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Tips for your studies and career

Here you’ll find practical tips from our PwC employees related to your studies and starting a career.

Tips for...

Organisation is half the battle

Find out where your courses will take place, when you will be doing your exams, and who your lecturers and professors will be. There are various ways of staying up to speed, from traditional calendars to apps.

Listen carefully

You can improve your chances in any exam by taking good notes. But don’t note every word. Note the most important points in keyword form. The best thing is to think actively, analyse what’s being said and summarise it as you listen. File your notes by date and keep them in a safe place.

Step by step

Get an overview of the material and divide the various sections into smaller portions. Planned breaks and smaller achievements along the way are good for your motivation and concentration. So it’s important to have a hobby as a balance to your studies. For example schedule enough time for exercise to recover from the stress and pressure.

Choose your method

There are different ways of studying, but it’s important to choose a method that suits your personality and helps you systematically reach your goal. You may find you do better in a study group, with flash cards or mind maps, or simply by reading. Of course you can also combine different approaches.

Right before an exam

Whether you’re doing an oral or written exam, be confident and secure. Believe in your own abilities and in what you’ve learned in the preceding days, weeks or months. Be disciplined but at the same time calm and relaxed. Get enough sleep, eat healthily, and drink plenty of water. Good luck!

Before applying
  • Internships are always filled quickly, so apply at least six months before you want to start. Think about the field of work that’s most interesting or important for you personally.
  • For an internship or your first job it’s better to apply to the company direct rather than going via a recruitment agency.
CV
  • Your CV shouldn’t be more than one or two pages long.
  • Make sure your CV is clear and well structured around the following points: personal details, education, work experience, language skills, special skills, extraordinary achievements, leisure activities and references.
  • Always make sure to put the most recent items first.
  • Every time you send out your CV make sure it’s geared to the specific company and job you’re applying for. This might mean placing more or less emphasis on certain skills, educational or training highlights, part-time jobs, activities, etc.
  • Also mention periods you feel are a gap in your CV. This may have been an important time in your life that helped make you the person you are today. Companies are also interested in these things.
  • Set up a professional email address with your first and last name.
  • Your CV must be error-free. Have more than one person read it through.
  • The photo on your application is the first impression you make. Use a professional photo where you look neat and tidy and have a pleasant expression on your face. Absolutely avoid holiday snaps or party photos!
Cover letter
  • Make sure you address the right company and person in your cover letter.
  • No longer than one page.
  • Don’t repeat your CV. Write a personal, carefully targeted letter.
  • Refer to the job description and say why you’re suitable for this job, what you have to offer, and what you can achieve. Before you apply, find out about the company and its values, and make sure your cover letter reflects these things.
Interview
  • Use the Internet to find out about the organisation, its culture, its areas of business and competitors. Before the interview think about questions you can ask about the company, what it does, and your potential team. Know every detail of your CV by heart and be prepared to present it in a few minutes.
  • Don’t forget to take a neutral ballpoint pen and notepad with you.
  • Make sure you turn up on time for the interview, and arrive fresh and relaxed.
  • Think about the clothes that will be appropriate for your prospective employer, and dress accordingly. Our tip: go to the company’s website and look at photos of people who work there. You’ll quickly get an idea of what fits the company.
  • Be active and interested, but also listen and let the interviewer lead the discussion. Maintain eye contact, and make sure your body language shows you’re open and interested. It all hinges on how motivated you are for the job, and how you present yourself. Adapt your choice of words to the people you’re talking to.
  • Don’t say bad things about a lecturer or your last employer. Keep any unfavourable comments to yourself, and don’t reveal any confidential information.
Get a picture of what’s going on

In your first few days it’s important to get to know your team and new colleagues, understand the processes, and work out where your job and position fit in. Ask questions to make sure you’ve understood everything, and in your first few days make sure you just listen rather than making “smart” suggestions that might make you look like a know-all.

Take notes

Draw up a list of the names of your colleagues and customers, and write down your tasks and tips on how to deal with specific jobs and administrative procedures.

Extend your network

Actively approach people and show an interest in them as a person and what they do. This will help you understand how things fit together, and will enable you to develop personally and professionally.

Get actively involved

Get involved in discussions, ask questions, come up with your own ideas and show initiative. Don’t forget that in terms of your career you’re the one in the driver’s seat.

Get feedback

Ask your coach and your team for regular feedback. This shows you’re interested in developing, and also makes it easier to work with people as a team.

Show you’re motivated

Be motivated and have a positive attitude. Show that in hiring you they’ve chosen the right person.

Be proactive

Start making contacts even before you’ve finished studying. Rather than limiting your network to your own subject, make contact with people on other courses and in other faculties as well. This will give you a good insight into different themes and issues and a better grasp of complex structures and how things fit together. This understanding will make it much easier to get into conversation with many different people.

Communicate openly

Be open and honest when you talk to new people. For example tell them you’re looking for an internship. The more people know, the better the chances new opportunities will open up for you.

Give and take

Make sure not just to talk about who you are and what you do, but listen to the other person as well. Networking’s not just about creating new opportunities for yourself, but about helping other people as well.

Quality rather than quantity

Networking’s not necessarily about meeting as many new people as possible, but about making contact with the right people. Once you’ve made contact you should also make sure you maintain contact.

Taboo

Small talk should always be positive. Avoid sensitive topics like politics, religion, your world view, death or illness, and don’t bad-mouth or complain about other people.

Social media presence

Use social media platforms such as Facebook, XING and LinkedIn to network and maintain contact with people. But make sure you only use your private profile for private purposes, and protect this information from strangers. When it comes to your business profile you should make sure to use a professional photo and keep personal data such as your education and training, career milestones and interests up to date. Here too, remember that holiday snaps and party photos have no place in your professional profile.

Contact us

Lisa Udet

Human Capital Marketing & Recruitment, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 46 59

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