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Going Abroad with Deloitte

Experiences at USC are unforgettable and wonderful, but what about experiences outside of USC? I’ve learned that USC not only provides in-house experiences, but also opportunities for outside experiences.

Exploring Thailand’s Grand Palace

Last year around this time, I was searching on Connect SC for a spring internship when I came across Deloitte’s posting for an International Student Business Forum over Spring Break. Intrigued, I did some research, and found out how amazing of a program it is–you travel to a certain place in the world as one of 10 U.S. student representatives, and work with about 50 other students from universities around the world. Professionals from the consulting, advisory, audit, and tax service lines also come from their various global offices to network. In 2012, the location was Athens, and this year, it was Bangkok!

The US representatives at the ISBF banquet

After an intense interview process and some nervous waiting, I found out I had been selected for the 2013 ISBF in Bangkok, Thailand! I was so excited and to be honest, pinched myself multiple times to see if it was real. It was all expenses paid, and we stayed in a beautiful hotel in the heart of the city:

Paradise within paradise! Our hotel’s pool area was right in the heart of Bangkok.

We were put into teams with students from other universities. In my group were students from the London School of Economics, Sabanci University, Singapore Management University. We worked on team-building activities to prepare for our 48-hour case competition.

My case team & our coach, Sancha Mulcahy, a Deloitte manager

We were given a case about the Olympics, and had to do a feasibility analysis on Johannesburg’s potential as an Olympic location for the Summer 2020 games. We then presented to a panel of distinguished judges, ranging from audit/tax/consulting Deloitte partners to an Olympian himself, Ben Hunt Davis.

Our panel of distinguished judges

Meeting students from around the world, exploring a foreign city, and networking with top professionals from Deloitte all wouldn’t have been possible without USC. Being here means having a myriad of opportunities everywhere you turn, for experiences both inside and outside of the school.

All 67 ISBF student participants, representing 24 different countries


Posted on October 21, 2013 by Kristie


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