November 12, 2013 by texasbbacareerservices
The Deloitte Alternative Spring Break is week-long program held annually during Spring Break each year. The event allows students the opportunity to give back to the community while learning more about the firm. I participated in Deloitte Alternative Spring Break with United Way in Atlanta, Georgia, during my sophomore year in 2012. Looking back, it was one of my most memorable weeks in college so far. It was an exciting week full of volunteering, networking, fun activities, and new friendships.
We were placed into teams consisting of students from colleges across the country and professionals from Deloitte and United Way. Each team had a community service project that they would be working on for the week. My team (Team Hornets!) worked with high school students at South Atlanta High School. We talked to the students about college and worked with them to create literacy resource kits that would help younger students learn to read. In addition, each high school student was assigned a kid from a local elementary school to write a story about. We helped the students create books about the kids they were assigned to and then watched them present their stories to the elementary school students. Working with the high school students was an incredible experience, and it was amazing to see the impact that we college students could have on these high school students in just one week.
After a day of volunteering, there were always cool evening activities planned for us. On one of the nights, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek stopped in for a visit. Another night we visited the Georgia Aquarium and ate dinner in the aquarium with a menu created by Wolfgang Puck. Finally, we also toured World of Coke and sampled 64 Coca-Cola products from around the world. Back at the hotel, there were also nightly activities such as karaoke and bowling that allowed us to get to know everyone better. It was an absolute blast!
One of the best parts of week is the opportunity to get your foot in the door at Deloitte and meet professionals (staff, managers, partners, and recruiters) from different functions and offices across the US. Over the course of the week, I was able to better understand the differences between Audit & Enterprise Services (AERS), Consulting, Financial Advisory Services (FAS), and Tax.
By the end of week, I had developed close bonds with the high school students we worked with, the Deloitte and United Way professionals, and the student participants. Even now, I still keep in touch with many of the student participants, and many of us will be interning with the firm in the future. I will be interning with Deloitte in Summer 2014 in the ERS Advisory group.
As a result of participating in this program, I realized that Deloitte was the right firm for me. Deloitte is a firm that not only has incredible people and opportunities but also cares about giving back to the community. I would recommend any sophomore planning on applying to the MPA Program to apply for the Deloitte Alternative Spring Break Program (Deadline to apply: January 19, 2014)!