Undergraduate work placements

Working alongside graduate trainees and experienced professionals, you’ll learn about our business and get exposure to a prestigious client list. You’ll benefit from extensive training and will gain a unique insight into working life at PwC.

These 11-month placements are for students who need to complete a placement as part of their degree. Depending on the business area you join, you could sit a selection of professional accounting exams.

Part-qualify on placement and you could be offered a promotion upon graduation. If your business area doesn’t carry a professional qualification not to worry - do well on your placement and you could also be offered a position to re-join us on our graduate scheme. It doesn't matter what degree course you're studying, but you must have a good academic record and be able to show how you've used your initiative and team-working skills.

You should also have thoroughly researched the area of PwC you’re applying to and any associated qualification that's involved. On the work placement you’ll get a comprehensive feel for the challenges of professional services, work with distinguished clients and benefitting from superb learning and development opportunities. Our 11-month work placements start in September and are available at offices across the UK.

Get ahead on the professional qualification front

Hopefully your placement will be the first step towards a graduate career with us. In some business areas, you may even be able to start working for your professional qualifications during the programme, returning to complete your exams once you've graduated. For example, if you do an 11-month work placement in an area offering ICAEW training, you can study for some of your professional exams. We’ll support you through these, and your exam passes in your placement year will give you a real head start when it comes to qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

Real responsibility

You'll do the same work, and benefit from the same training, as our first-year graduate recruits, contributing to a range of client projects as part of a highly skilled team. As you’d expect from a business of this scale, the work can be intense at times – but you’ll have plenty of fun along the way, not forgetting competitive rewards for your hard work.

Experiencing life inside one of the world's largest professional services organisations is a fantastic way to build your commercial awareness and interpersonal skills. Nothing can beat on-the-job experience for personal development; and you’ll get plenty of it, both within PwC and on-site with our clients. In addition to our core training modules, we’ll also steer you towards appropriate courses if there's anything you feel you'd like to work on.

What’s more, you’ll boost your ability to soak up complex business information, and establish your own professional confidence – factors that will make a real difference to your last year at university.


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Within Deals we have a undergraduate placements within Forensic Services. We help our clients to investigate, analyse and pre-empt a wide range of business risks and issues. These include major public enquiries, rogue trader or bribery allegations, and commercial and transactional disputes across all industry sectors. You could be involved in any one, or all of these types of engagements.

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External Audit
We deliver the highest quality audits, combining passionate people with leading technology to build trust in society.

It’s an exciting time to join us. The passion of our people, combined with access to the latest technology, helps us deliver the highest quality audits and build trust in society. We pride ourselves on our global reputation as a trusted place to do business, whilst giving our people access to the best opportunities and lots of variety through your home team, internal secondments and international assignments.

By joining us you’ll work in an environment that inspires you and gives you an active role in designing and shaping the future of Audit. How? Organisations in every industry are feeling the impact of disruptive technologies. Our cutting-edge technology helps our clients navigate regulatory complexity, while strengthening trust and transparency. We embrace these technologies and recognise the benefits they give our clients, providing them with confidence in an unpredictable world.

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Human Resources (HR)
HC is our internal naming for our Human Resource department. Based across the UK our placements will give extensive insight into the HC Function.
The HC group sits within our Internal Firm Services business area and is responsible for providing generalist HC support across our business which is comprised of over 17,000 UK employees across 35 offices. The HC team acts as a liaison, advisor and facilitator between the business and specialist HC support teams, allowing PwC to operate effectively to meet its people agenda.

Your primary focus will be on supporting the team’s daily activities and workflow in order to manage the delivery of the day to day business priorities. You’ll provide operational support to one of our dedicated HC functions within one of the below teams:
-Learning and Development
-Student Recruitment
-Global Mobility
-Human Resources

Each team works to deliver on Business and People priorities in their specialist area. Preferences will be taken into consideration at interview stage and you’d be expected to demonstrate knowledge of your preferred area. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to this team at interview stage.

Get ahead on the professional qualification front
You'll have a dedicated People Manager to help shape your development. You’ll be encouraged to keep a log of activity which can be relevant to any later Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) study. As part of the placement, you‘ll be set a project to complete over the course of the placement, giving insight into the wider firm and HC community.

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Internal Technology
Supporting the world’s leading technology enabled professional services network requires an agile and diverse team of technology professionals. You’ll experience working as part of a dynamic team responsible for the technologies we use ourselves and those we provide to our clients.We offer a unique perspective of how technology is used across all our business areas and provide an excellent environment for you to explore, develop and learn.

What you’ll do

You’ll undertake a series of assignments within Internal Technology contributing to the delivery of projects and services to our business teams:

Business Enablement
We deliver over 200 IT projects a year of differing size and complexity. You will be part of a team overseeing those projects are effectively managed from inception to delivery.

Project Management
Operate as a project manager taking on planning, status reporting, risk and issue tracking. You’ll also have the opportunity to work alongside business analysts and test managers helping to develop strategies, requirements and documentation.

Operational Excellence
To ensure a smooth transition to the operational teams responsible for monitoring and maintaining IT products and services, you’ll help assess support readiness, user feedback and identify service improvements.

Research emerging technologies, develop prototypes and minimum viable products alongside a solution architect working on a complex, innovative project.

Data Intelligence
Gain practical experience of data extraction and transformation tools, working with business leads to develop insightful analytical reports and data visualisations.

What we look for
- To be on course for a 2:1 or above in any degree subject
- Agile, flexible mentality and great relationship skills

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Risk Assurance
We’re a leading provider of trust in the digital world - in the eyes of our people, our clients and our stakeholders.

Today's business environment is different. More complex. More connected. Companies not only face new and unknown risks, but also new and untapped opportunities. Our team is at the forefront of this change, join us to be a part of transforming how risk is perceived and capitalised on.

The world of risk is changing. While this complex environment makes it much harder to predict where new risks will come from, we believe it represents an opportunity for businesses to transform and innovate, and discover hidden value. From our clients boardroom to their back office, we work with them to protect and strengthen every aspect of their business; from people to performance, systems to strategy and business plans to business resilience. Through our invaluable insights and independent assurance, we help our clients to discover and unlock real value.

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Sales and Marketing
Come and join us on an 11-month work placement in our Sales and Marketing Team and experience for yourself why students have voted us the number one Graduate Employer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey for the last fifteen years.

We pride ourselves on offering a diverse and inclusive work environment and encourage students from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. This exciting work placement provides the opportunity to work within a large, fast-paced team, covering a wide range of critical business activities within PwC. Areas covered range from strategic marketing (campaign delivery, content creation and digital advertising), through to proposition development, proposal support, event management, corporate hospitality and market research.

The Sales and Marketing team are focused on supporting the development and delivery of PwC’s market strategy - specifically, driving revenue growth, enhancing relationships and networks, and creating a distinct brand experience for our clients.

You’ll develop the foundations of a marketing and business development career aligned to one of our regional, industry, or line of service business areas. We’re an innovative, creative and fun team operating at a fast pace to react to market trends, take advantage of commercial opportunities and provide insight back into the business.

It’s a very hands-on role and the experience is gained by delivery and “doing” rather than sitting next to someone watching what they do. It will be challenging, exciting, fast-paced and most of all, rewarding. The nature of the role also provides opportunities to develop other “soft skills” which are highly valued by employers such as teamwork, leadership and influencing skills amongst others.

Key responsibilities and skills will include:
  • Providing support on the best practice approach to marketing campaigns as defined by the team and adhering to our quality and brand standards.
  • For those based in our regional offices, you will have the opportunity to influence the marketing strategy in that particular region, including ideas on how best to address key issues and challenges in the local community
  • Proactively seeking to learn about different marketing channels and bringing new and innovative ideas on how we can engage most effectively with our key audiences and stakeholders
  • Working alongside our digital team to monitor and create social media campaigns for our corporate channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
  • Supporting on content creation including email campaigns, presentations, blogs and other relevant promotional material
  • Working with the online team to monitor our web page activity, including analysing data and using the insight to make informed decisions on the design and content strategy
  • Supporting on the organisation of events and the management of agency relationships and sponsorships
  • Demonstrating active use of our Client Relationship Management system (Salesforce) to support business development activities, including recording client opportunities and actively contributing to the management information for clients
  • Attending both internal and external training sessions and seminars to broaden your sales and marketing knowledge

  • We encourage all of our people to get involved with the PwC networks and activities outside of their day-to-day role, and so there could also be opportunities to participate in initiatives such as our Multicultural Business Network, GLEE network, PwC pantomime or community volunteering.

    We are looking for someone who is:
  • passionate about a career in marketing
  • a self-starter, and open to working flexibly, sometimes as part of a virtual team
  • proactive, with a positive can-do attitude
  • creative and able to think innovatively
  • a strong communicator with great people-skills
  • has an interest in digital and technology
  • on course for, or who has achieved, a 2:1 in any degree discipline
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    Strategy Consulting
    We are the strategy consulting business at the heart of the world’s leading professional services organisation. We are one of the top three strategy consultancies globally, bringing the very best strategic thinking to help clients solve their toughest problems, and build the differentiating capabilities they need to outperform their competitors.

    Clients are increasingly demanding practical strategies – therefore the impact of combining our strategy specialists with the wider organisation’s industry and functional expertise and global reach is profound.We offer clients an unrivalled ability to deliver a strategy-through execution proposition.

    We have a fast-paced and strong learning culture, where support and working as a team are critical. We get great feedback from our clients who enjoy working with our people, and we think you will too. We believe creating a stretching and supportive, team-focused culture gets the best from our people and gets the best results for our clients. With fast progression and opportunities both in the UK and overseas we can offer you a really exciting start to your career.

    Join us, and you will lead the future of strategy consulting.

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    We use technical and business knowledge to solve our clients’ problems. Because we offer so many different technology services we need people with different experiences to help us deliver them effectively. Maybe you’re studying a Technology or IT-related subject and you know your Hadoop from your R and your Cloud from your Hana. Or maybe you’re studying an Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering or Maths subject. We’ll teach you the technical things you need to know. You just need to have a passion for technology and be willing to contribute early on. No matter what your degree subject, we’re looking for people who are excited about harnessing opportunities presented by emerging technologies and influencing business. And doing that in a world that’s changing at an incredible rate.

    Technology on a large scale
    Our size means we have partnerships with SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, Microsoft, Google and other leading technologies. It also means our infrastructure is amazing, with few legacy systems to hold us back. People here get to work with the biggest names in any sector and the work itself can be front page news. We’re often the first to use new ideas or approaches – either our own, or something that’s been developed by a third party which they approach us to help deploy. In smaller tech companies you might hit a career ceiling. But not here. There’s always opportunity to rise in the fastest growing part of our business.

    Working at the forefront of emerging technologies
    From Artificial Intelligence to Augmented Reality, Blockchain to Drones, Robots to the Internet of Things,and 3D Printing to Virtual Reality, we’re on top of the megatrends. New technologies are emerging all the time, and we’re helping our clients to explore how they can harness and use them to their organisations’ advantage. That requires an entrepreneurial attitude, so we do things first and ask permission later. For example, we’ve just opened a ‘drone centre’ in Poland, to find out how this technology can benefit our clients. We have purpose in what we do and edge in how we approach it. We created the Hive in our Belfast office. A dedicated space for imagining, creating, exploring and delivering digital transformation. It includes our first ‘Innovation Lab’ in Europe – a specialist hub to bring together the best talent from around our global network to tackle our clients’ biggest business challenges.

    Forensic Technology - we develop and utilise cutting-edge technology to help our clients in times of crisis, to understand past challenges and prevent future ones. When disputes or regulatory investigations arise, a timely resolution relies on organisations being prepared. If you have an inquisitive mind-set and a passion for technology, then our Forensic Data Analytics, and eDiscovery and Forensic Computing roles are right for you.

    Technology Risk - Managing Technology Risk and establishing confidence and integrity is vital in business, especially in the digital world, as you’re no longer able to see who you’re liaising with.We predominantly focus on assurance and consulting engagements supporting clients in the areas of IT Risk. This includes IT governance, business continuity, disaster recovery, and information security. You’ll be working across all industry sectors, with client opportunities across the UK either delivering IT assurance as part of the year-end financial audit or providing advice to clients on managing IT risks.

    Technology Consulting - In the Technology Consulting team you’ll work across all industry sectors, delivering projects from strategy through to implementation. Technology is at the heart of business and is often a key driver and enabler of change. We work with many clients to define their vision and to plan how to get there. By joining us in Technology Consulting you’ll help build a lasting legacy of improvement and performance, working with leading technologies such as Google for Work, Oracle, Blockchain, SAP and MS Dynamics.

    What we look for
    A 2.1 or above in any degree subject

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