FAQs

The answers to your burning questions

Still want to know more? You’re not alone. Check out some of the most common questions from previous applicants below. Keep an eye on this page as we’ll update it regularly as we receive queries online or on campus.

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered on this page you can contact us here.

 

Why choose PwC?

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We bring people from diverse backgrounds together to add their own individual brilliance to our teams and clients.

Our ideas boost the performance of all sorts of organisations, and we tackle a wide range of business issues and commercial challenges. So it’s not surprising that we offer a huge variety of career paths for students across all areas of study. What does that mean for you? With us you could grow to become a cyber security specialist, lawyer or tax specialist, a real estate adviser, digital consultant, an auditor or strategist and so much more.


Globally

  • We’re a network of firms in 158 countries

  • With over 250,000 people in 721 locations

  • In FY18, PwC worked with 429 Fortune Global 500 companies and +100,000 Entrepreneurial and private businesses


And here in New Zealand

  • We have the leading reputation for consistent high quality

  • We work with 92% of businesses on the NZX50

  • We consult for some of the country's most famous sports stars and our clients include; BNZ, Air New Zealand, Lewis Road Creamery, NZME and Spark

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What opportunities are open to me?

Summer Internship position

An internship provides a unique taste of what it’s like to work at PwC. As an intern, you join us over the summer before your final year at university, for 10 – 13 weeks and build skills and confidence working with experts in the field you’re interested in. We have a range of internship opportunities available across our offices and business areas, with applications for our Summer Internship to be submitted in your second to last year at university.

You get the opportunity to closely interact with our staff, who provide real-time on the job coaching while working together on a variety of projects that will put into practice what you have learnt at university. We provide challenging assignments and get you involved with helping solve real client issues, within teams of highly skilled professionals. Providing you with a realistic insight into the profession, as well as the PwC culture and practice.


Graduate position

This is a permanent job with PwC NZ that comes with world-class training. From the moment you join, you’ll become part of the team and work directly with clients on projects. At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We bring people from diverse backgrounds together to add their own individual brilliance to our teams and clients. You’ll also develop well rounded business skills through training and, where appropriate, a recognised professional qualification.

Our Graduates start in February, and your first week will be an exciting chance to come together with the whole group of new Graduates. This is a great opportunity to meet people across the business and create lasting networks within the firm that could span your entire career, wherever it may take you.

Apply for our Graduate programme at the beginning of your final year, as employment contracts are signed a year in advance.

For more on the application process for Summer Internship and Graduate positions, visit our How to apply page.

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Do I need to do a Summer Internship before applying for a Graduate position?

We encourage students to apply for a Summer Internship with us, as we feel this is a great way to get a taste of life at PwC prior to joining full time as a Graduate. Our Summer Interns gain great hands-on experience, and also have some fantastic social events throughout the internship!

However, a Summer Internship is certainly not a prerequisite. We hire a large number of Graduates who haven’t completed a Summer Internship as they bring varied experience and knowledge to the firm.

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What are the academic requirements?

We want individuals who are creative thinkers, problem solvers, focussed, motivated, not afraid to reimagine the possible and are driven to become tomorrow’s leaders. It’s not all about marks – show us your achievements both in and out of university. We’re interested in your involvement in extra-curricular activities, involvement in clubs, volunteering or community work.

Due to the diverse range of business areas there isn't one degree that is valued higher than another and our people have qualifications across a broad range of disciplines. Please reach out to our Careers team if you have any questions.

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Can I apply if I am an international student?

To apply for our Graduate or Summer Intern programme, you are required to provide evidence that you are legally entitled to work in New Zealand. As an accredited employer with Immigration New Zealand, PwC is obliged and committed to providing opportunities to New Zealand residents and citizens first and foremost. We are also committed to recognising, valuing and leveraging the unique characteristics that each employee brings to the firm and do not discriminate against people on the grounds of their national origin.

For more information please visit https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

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I am studying outside of NZ/Australia and would like to complete an internship with PwC during my long summer break.

The PwC Internship is open to all students who have the right to work in New Zealand. However, due to the timing of our Summer Internship which commences November - February, it best suits students studying in New Zealand and Australia.

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Who should I address my cover letter to?

Please address your cover letter to the PwC Recruitment Team. You do not need to address it to a specific person.

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Which team should I apply to?

It's completely up to you!

Please take time to read through the various business areas on the student careers site to understand what each team does. This will help you understand better where you would like to work in the firm. 

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Can I apply to more than one Graduate or Intern position?

Please note that applying to more than one position will not increase your chances of being selected. Take your time to review all the vacant positions before choosing and applying to one that aligns with your skill set and interest.

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What is the assessment process?

Once you have applied you will be asked to complete verbal and inductive testing. This will usually be sent out within 24 hours of applying. We ask that you complete the testing within 48 hours of being sent the request, and following this your application will be reviewed.

If you are invited to interview stage this will be done either in person or via Google Hangout. Our interview process is based around an individual case study. You will be invited to meet with two members of the business to work through this case study.

Some teams and locations may provide you with an office tour and request you meet with a Partner before a decision is made.

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How long does the selection process take?

Due to the volume of application we receive, we cannot provide a specific timeline for this. Rest assured, we always aim to process your application as soon as we can.

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When do applications close?

Our core recruitment round takes place in February and March annually (for our Summer Internship positions and Graduate positions). We aim to fill the majority of our roles during this period.

We usually advertise specialist roles or additional positions in late July so please watch this space.

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How can I prepare for an interview?

We’re interested in the whole you and what your unique experiences and background could bring to PwC. It’s important that you feel comfortable to bring your whole self when you come and meet us, so we work hard to ensure the conversations you have put you at ease.

For more tips on what to do on your interview day, read more on How to apply.

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Where will I work?

There’s a part of New Zealand for everyone. Find a place where your career can take off in one of PwC New Zealand’s nationwide offices.

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Will I need to do online testing as part of my application for a Grad or Intern position?

Not necessarily; you will be invited to complete online testing if you are long-listed for a Graduate or Intern position. Your test result will then decide whether you are invited to the next stage of the selection process, which is a face to face interview.

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Do you run student events?

Yes, we run plenty of events on campuses around the country. The majority of events take place between February and April, however we usually have a presence on campus throughout the year.

We would encourage you to come and meet us on campus if you can. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from our People & Culture team and the business, where you will get a chance to hear first hand what PwC is like.

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What are the perks of the job?

We understand that rewards are important too. That’s why our salaries are competitive
and benefits are highly flexible. As well as opportunities for travel, secondments and
relocation throughout our networks, your career with us could include:

  • flexible working arrangements – choose a way that works for you

  • dress for your day – flexible dress code

  • charity volunteer leave – every year, you can receive two days paid volunteer leave

  • the option to purchase an additional two weeks of leave

  • gym membership discounts

  • professional development and qualification support

  • secondments and rotations – you may have the chance to work in our other offices around New Zealand, or at a PwC firm elsewhere in the world

  • life and income continuance insurance

  • discounted health insurance

  • access to our social club, offering various sporting, cultural and family events

  • plus choose a wide variety of discounted services and products from our suppliers.

 

You can also get involved in our groups, such as:

  • Free2Be

  • Manukura Māori Network

  • Chinese Employee Network

  • Women in Leadership

  • Sustainability Committee

  • Lean In Circles

  • Social Club

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What does a day look like for a Summer Intern or Graduate?

There is no such thing as a standard day, so we have asked some of our recent Summer Interns and Graduates to share their experiences:

“It is true when they say no two days are exactly the same. In my time I have built interactive maps, learned how to redesign the architecture of a system, taken notes in high profile meetings, learned of amazing new technologies, developed skills in new tools such as Power Bi and Salesforce… Everyday brings a new challenge and an opportunity to learn something new.” - Technology Consulting

“As an intern, every day can be slightly different to the last. Some days I’ll have existing projects that might require some work - usually preparing presentations for different clients, attending meetings about projects for the team to check in with each other, and any odd jobs that might be needed. Other days, or if I don’t have any project work, I might get pulled in to help with other odd jobs on different projects. This is usually being given a proposal to proof-read and update, a presentation edit, or analysing data on a project.” - Management Consulting

“An average day would involve drafting agreements, corporation resolutions and trust documents, legal research into legislative changes, company incorporations and strike-offs or due diligence for a proposed merger.” - PwC Legal

If you visit our business areas, you can read about ‘a day in the life’ in each area.

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What should I do if I receive another job offer whilst going through the application process?

We would encourage you to reach out to our Careers team if you have another offer or progressing to the final stage of the process elsewhere. The most important thing to do is stay calm and not feel pressured into making a decision, you have time. Please be sure to include your application number, name and best contact details when you get in touch and we can discuss your situation.

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PwC Student Careers Team

PwC Student Careers, PwC New Zealand

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