Interns Getting Real World Experience by Working on Refugee Website for the State Department

Accenture's Internship Program Will Help Students Gain the Professional Skills Employers Need
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Asia Lee, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Rebecca Ho, a junior at the University of Virginia

(Washington D.C., Friday, July 8, 2016) - Accenture works with nonprofit partners to prepare young adults, ages 16 to 24, for the workforce by equipping them with the professional skills employers seek. This summer, the Washington D.C. office will be hosting 68 college level and 43 high school interns.

Interns are assigned duties that are career related, challenging yet realistic and designed to address real world experiences, including onsite work with clients and exposure to the global refugee crisis. The organization is working with the White House to launch the Partnership for Refugees, helping to facilitate private sector commitments in response to the President’s Call to Action. Interns worked on the visual design and visual editing of the partnership’s website.

Asia Lee, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, discusses how the internship will help her pursue her future career goals upon graduation.  Rebecca Ho, a junior at the University of Virginia, describes her internship experience while working on the refugee website.

LEE SOUNDBITE:

WELL IT’S DEFINITELY OPENED THE DOOR FOR ME. I HAVEN’T HAD MUCH EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO THIS, SO WHEN I CAME IN I DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT BUSINESS AND HOW THINGS WERE RUNNING. IT WAS VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE TO LEARN ALL THESE BUSINESS SKILLS, LEARN SOME STRATEGY, WAYS TO THINK THROUGH THINGS, CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS. YOU’RE GETTING SKILLS IN SO MANY DIFFERENT AREAS THAT COULD APPLY TO ALMOST ANY CAREER THAT YOU GO INTO.

HO SOUNDBITE:

MY MAIN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WEBSITE WAS IN THE MORE VISUAL DESIGN AND VISUAL COMPONENTS OF THE WEBSITE. THEY PROVIDED ME WITH ALL OF THE RESOURCES THAT I NEEDED LIKE THE PHOTOS, THE PAGE CONTENT, AND MY JOB WAS TO MAKE DECISIONS ON THE DESIGN AND HOW IT’S ALL VISUALLY LAID OUT ON THE WEBSITE.

For more information, visit www.accenture.com.

 

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