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.

Can I apply if I am an international student studying in New Zealand?

We’re open to receiving applications from those who are eligible to work in New Zealand, however, preference will be given to New Zealand citizens, Australian citizens or New Zealand permanent residents.

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

Can I still apply if I am currently studying overseas?

University term breaks can differ between countries, so if you’re interested in a Summer Internship make sure you’re available to work with us in the New Zealand summer – November through February – before you apply.

We’re more than happy to accept your application for a Graduate role if a February start is your preference.

As we are open to receiving applications throughout the year, there could be an opportunity to start outside the traditional NZ starting dates, but this is on a case by case basis.

Note: we’re open to receiving applications from those who are eligible to work in New Zealand, however, preference will be given to New Zealand citizens, Australian citizens or a New Zealand permanent residents.

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 pre-requisite! We hire a large number of Graduates who haven’t completed a Summer Internship as they bring varied experience and knowledge to the firm.

How many Graduates and Summer Interns do you hire each year?

There is no set number as this varies each year based on our business needs. But we do encourage you to apply early for our positions.

How much support is there for Graduates and Summer Interns?

Graduate and Summer Interns are paired with ‘buddies’ when they first start and the buddy has generally been at the firm for 1-2 years (so they are a similar age to you). You get to sit beside your buddy while you’re working and you can ask them questions as you go.

Everybody also has a coach and coaching partner who will help you adjust to the firm and make sure you’re fitting in well. Plus you can connect in with your wider year group at any time.

How will a Graduate position at PwC benefit me?

Getting a job offer before you finish university is a nice position to be in, and starting your career at PwC is an amazing opportunity that will take you places. Not only will you have the chance to work with major national and international companies in New Zealand, but since PwC is a global network of firms, joining us opens up career opportunities across the globe. We provide training and development opportunities for you right from the moment you join, so you will never stop learning. You get to work with the best minds in the business who are happy to support your growth and development.

As well as the great career opportunities available to you, we also offer a competitive salary as well as great social functions and events, and the ability to use volunteer leave with one of our many charity partners.

How will a Summer Internship at PwC benefit me?

Get a taste of what it’s like to work with us at a leading professional services firm. As a Summer Intern, you’ll get the opportunity to work with us for 12 – 13 weeks from November to February. You’re here to get real experience on real jobs where you’ll apply the knowledge you have gained during your study.

A large number of our Graduate placements are filled by previous Summer Interns, so before returning to university to complete your final year of studies, you may even get a Graduate job offer. A Summer Internship with PwC looks great on your CV and will open a lot of doors for you in your career.

In the application form why can’t I select the business area for the location I want?

As we are interviewing and sending out offers as soon as our campaign opens, some teams may fill their roles quickly. If this arises, the business area/location combination may not be available to select from in the drop-down menu. In which case we encourage you to apply for a similar position or team and highlight your area of interest in your cover letter.

What are some of the highlights of a Summer Internship?

You get to work with a wide variety of great people from different backgrounds and areas of specialism. One of the highlights is shadowing a senior staff member, which involves seeing what they do in a typical day. Occasionally you’ll be asked to attend meetings at the client premises, which is a great opportunity to better understand their business and needs.

What are some of the jobs that past Summer Interns have done?

Some of the jobs Summer Interns do include researching, liaising with Inland Revenue, drafting letters/emails, tax work, business development activities, report writing, preparing documents for partners and attending team meetings.

What can I expect on the first day/week?

The first day and a half include an induction to introduce you to the firm and team specific training to get you ready to start. The first week will involve you being introduced to everybody in your team and getting adjusted to the work environment.

You’ll probably be given a few small jobs to start you off, but this initial period is mainly about getting you settled into the environment and teaching you the basics of how all our systems work.

What can PwC offer me?

The chance to be yourself; to stand out from the crowd and make your individual mark at one of the biggest professional advisory firms in the world. We also want to support your changing needs throughout your career. That’s why we can offer you competitive salaries, flexible benefits, personal and professional development and work-life balance. On top of that, there are opportunities for travel, secondments and relocation throughout our global network.

What do I need to wear on my first day?

PwC has a ‘dress for the day’ approach, so what does this mean? We encourage you to dress for the day ahead. Your first day with us is your induction day where there will be lots of moving around so we encourage you to dress comfortably.

Make sure you dress professionally for your interview. You can find more tips about your interview day by clicking here.

What does PwC look for in applicants?

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.

What hours do you work?

Generally, you’ll work from 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday with a one-hour lunch break. There may be an opportunity to work flexible hours around your personal situation. On occasion, you may be asked to work overtime.

What is an anonymous application process and how does it impact me?

An anonymous application process is a process we use in the initial screening stage which automatically hides your personal details to remove any possibility of unconscious bias in our decision-making. When applying for your Graduate or Summer Intern role, please attach your CV (Word document), cover letter and transcript as normal but when filling in the application form, try to avoid including information that might indicate your gender, ethnicity or background.

What is the application process?

To apply, simply complete our online application form, attach the required documents and if requested, complete the online assessment within the specified time-frame. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your application. Make sure you include any work experience, special awards and any additional achievements we should know about. Ensure the information you have provided is correct and that you have included required documents before you click ‘submit’.

We have included a few simple steps for you below:

  • Complete the online application form and ensure you answer all mandatory questions correctly and to the best of your knowledge.
  • Attach your covering letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Attach your most current academic transcript. At application stage this can be official or unofficial, however, if you progress we will require an official transcript. If you have any additional questions in relation to your transcripts please reach out to our careers team (careers.nz@nz.pwc.com).
  • You will be asked to complete two online assessments. Remember, you’ll need to complete this assessment alone, without Google or help from other people. Please note we do pick a number of people each year to complete a verification test when interviewing to confirm assessment results.
  • If you’re successful in progressing to the next stage, you’ll be invited to attend an interview via phone or email.
  • The interview will be an individual case study and this will be structured similar to a real-life business scenario with questions and discussion. The interviewers will be from the specific area of business you’re interviewing for.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to take a tour around the office and to meet a senior member of the team.
  • Once we have completed our interviews and are at the offer stage, all candidates interviewed will be notified of the outcome of their interview by phone, where possible.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can after the interview but don’t be concerned if it’s more than a few days before you hear from us. If you receive an offer from another firm, please do let us know so we can manage the process.

If you haven’t heard any feedback after a week, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to give you an update on where things are at.

What is the social life like for a Summer Intern?

There are good opportunities to be part of social activities at PwC. As a Summer Intern you’ll get to attend team functions, firm-wide drinks, the Christmas party, social club functions, Dragon boat racing and much more. You’ll really feel like a part of the team during your Summer Internship with us.

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

If you were to receive another job offer, we suggest you email our careers inbox to discuss your situation with us directly.

When can I apply?

Applications for the Summer Intern and Graduate campaign open in February. Register your interest online or keep your eye out for more details of our application open date on our website and on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

We also work with universities and technical institutes who notify students of upcoming opportunities via email.

Look out for us on campus at the beginning of the term when our next campaign opens. We host a number of events to help answer questions and give you more insights into life at PwC.

When do applications close?

Our core campaign runs from February – March and we aim to fill the majority of roles during this period. We run a first come first served approach to ensure we secure the best talent so make sure you apply early. However we now have a rolling application process where we are open to hiring for specialist teams throughout the year, so feel free to send us your application at any time.

When do I start as a Graduate?

Our Graduate programme begins in February, following the completion of your final year of study. However, if your degree finishes sooner there are sometimes opportunities to start sooner. Applications are not limited to those still studying, however we often have successful applications from people who have completed their studies and are planning to take a year out to complete a foreign exchange, concentrate on a representative sport commitment, or undertake volunteer work before starting their professional career.

Where can PwC take me?

A career at PwC can lead in numerous directions. Secondments are available to other PwC offices around the world, or in domestic and overseas companies. Even changing teams within the firm provides a new opportunity to learn and diversify. Many PwC alumni hold senior roles in a number of local and international organisations.