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Internship programme

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Our summer internship programme provides high-calibre undergraduates in their penultimate year with an opportunity to experience life and work at BDO.

It will give you a useful insight into our business and culture and help you decide whether to apply for the graduate programme. You’ll be given a real taste of life at the heart of the firm, working on interesting projects alongside graduate trainees and experienced professionals.

Our internship programme lasts six weeks – running from early-July to mid-August each year, in offices across the UK. The dates for the 2017 internship programme are July 3rd to August 11th.

What you will be exposed to:

  • a range of different clients in different sectors
  • BDO partners and managers
  • other interns - through social and internal events
  • graduate trainees – who will provide insights on career prospects
  • a specific project – the project you undertake will really make a business difference

What will you get out of the internship?

  • valuable work experience to add to your skills and CV
  • a real understanding of how a professional services firm operates, so you can make an informed career decision
  • the opportunity to become a university ambassador during your final year
  • the chance to build contacts and networks within BDO

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The internship is structured to provide you with exposure to not only real clients but also training and development that will assist with both your placement and final year at university.

Week 1

All interns spend their first week in our Birmingham office taking part in a number of employability sessions and technical training. The first two days concentrate of skills including teamwork, communication and commercial awareness along with an induction to BDO. For the final three days you will undertake training with our technical standards group to ensure you are able to work on real client assignments, regardless of your background or previous work experience.

During this week you will also take part in a number of social activities and have the opportunity to get to know other interns and start building a professional network from across the country.

Weeks 2 – 6

For the next four and a half weeks you will work on client assignments with the team and office you have applied to join. We aim to provide interns with work that a 1st year graduate trainee would work on, this allows you to gain an in depth understanding of what BDO do and what a graduate role may look like with us.

You will also be assigned with a buddy and counselling manager for your time with the firm. Your buddy will be responsible for helping you settle into life at BDO, they are there to assist with everything from where you can find stationery to how you complete your day to day work. You counselling manager has a more formal role and will meet with you on your first day in the office to set the objectives you want to achieve during your time with the firm. This person will then be there to support you in achieving these objectives and will be responsible for your final review process.

During this time most interns gain exposure to between 2 and 4 different clients along with engaging with team members of all grades.

Week 6 – Thursday and Friday

In the last two days of your placement you will travel to London to take part in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity, a team social and group project presentation which you will have worked on during your placement.

These last days are a great opportunity for the interns to see each other and discuss their experiences with the firm, along with the recruitment team getting the opportunity to see how people have developed during their placement


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Prior to the end of the internship students will have a final interview with the partner in their department. This interview is competency based and will take into account feedback interns have received during their placement.

Upon completion of the internship we aim to let students know the outcome of their placement as soon possible, this usually happens within a maximum of 10 days, those who have been successful will receive an offer for the graduate programme the following year (conditional of receiving a 2.2 degree). While there is no guarantee of receiving a graduate offer around 85% of interns have received offers in recent years.

During your final year at university you will have the opportunity to keep in touch with the firm, and other interns, through our onboarding site which everybody joining the firm has access to. Former interns also have the opportunity to act as a campus ambassador, this role can involve everything from giving a presentation to other students on their course to attending a careers fair with a recruiter.