Unique Networking Opportunities is one of the four pillars the PwC Scholars program focuses on to develop future leaders. These opportunities include:
Every January, a group of Scholars embarks on a ten-day international journey. Past trip locations have included China, Spain and the United Kingdom. The trip includes tours, sightseeing and a visit to a global PwC office building to experience a day in an international business setting. The international trip provides both a global perspective and a chance to build relationships between students in the program. All upperclassmen Scholars have the option to participate as early as sophomore year.
Ignite is an innovative recruiting event that transforms the traditional recruiting process by allowing students and professionals to interact outside of the formal recruiting setting. The event aims to get students the right internships and jobs, and firms the right interns and employees.
Students are matched with firms of their choice and are able to interact with professionals from those firms in a unique environment. Ignite offers student participants the opportunity to demonstrate their soft skills (communication, critical thinking, teamwork, etc.) through a series of problem solving challenges completed together with professionals. By collaborating with professionals in a unique setting, students will be able to build a long-term network that lasts well beyond the night of the event.
After each challenge, professionals are given scorecards to rate skills and performance, as well as to provide comments. These scorecards are anonymous, so students can be sure they are receiving honest evaluations. Three winners are selected at the end of the event.
Students no longer feel the pressure of having to pitch themselves to a professional or recruiter. The relaxed, yet exciting, environment is something that makes Ignite stand out from any other recruiting or networking event.
Firms that have participated in past events include EY, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, Geico, GE, Morgan Stanley, Protiviti, Goldman Sachs and Macy's.
The PwC Scholars Speaker Series is a reoccurring event each semester. This series gives Scholars the opportunity to hear stories from Binghamton alumni, and serves as a way for Scholars to gain real-world insights.
Recent speakers include:
- Wes Bricker, Vice Chair - U.S. Trust Solutions Co-Leader at PwC
- Rebecca Platsky '12, MS '13, Managing Strategy Consultant at IBM, specializing in Transformation & Culture
- Martyn Curragh, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Portfolio Strategy at PwC
Bricker spoke to Scholars about the need for business leaders to be transparent and reliable in order to build trust, while Platsky taught a workshop on design thinking, and how it can be used to best solve problems and serve clients.
The PwC Scholars program aims to maintain a strong and healthy relationship with our large alumni network. To celebrate the accomplishments and successes of past members, Alumni Spotlights are published on various PwC Scholar social media outlets, including Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. Alumni information highlighted includes career path, advice for students, and takeaways from the Binghamton experience. In the past, we have highlighted our alumni who work in a wide range of industries, including entertainment, banking, consulting, accounting and human resources.
If you, or a past Scholar you know, are interested in being featured, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PwC Scholars hold fun, casual social events to bring together over 120 students. Annual whitewater rafting, skiing and roller skating trips are a massive benefit to Scholars, and helps bring students together outside of the classroom. There are typically around five social events each semester.