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Global Project Challenge: Excellence in Pursuits

  • Lomme van Dam
  • 13 januari 2016

In Febuary 2015 I started working as an intern (‘werkstudent’) at the Deloitte Rotterdam office for three days a week, and later that month, graduated my Dutch Master in Tax Law. In the meanwhile I was also still finishing my English Master International Business Taxation which in my opinion matched perfectly with my activities at Deloitte at the International Corporate Income Tax department.

I started at Deloitte with the intention to reach big heights career wise, and I can definitely say to have learned a lot during my time as an intern. At Deloitte, the tax law theory I had been taught at Tilburg University came to life faster than I could have ever imagined. During my first day ‘on the job’ I was asked to help with the implementation of the outcome of a court case. I was honestly impressed by this as I had only been studying this very court case for an exam just two weeks before!

After my second month of the internship I could already claim to have reached impressive heights. Besides my activities performed on the 25th floor of the amazing Maastoren, I was fortunate enough to accompany my team on a Ski trip in Zell am See, Austria! This teambuilding trip was a great way to get to know everyone even better and was a completely new experience as it was actually my first snow vacation ever. Proving just how fast things can go, I will be organizing the ski trip of 2016!

Uitzicht vanaf de 25e verdieping van de Maastoren

At the beginning of April all interns received an e-mail regarding the Global Internship Program (‘GIP’) and the Global Project Challenge (‘GPC’). For each project two interns would be selected. The GIP was clearly most favored as it allowed you to go abroad to South Africa, the USA or Brazil for a full month. Once on location, you would work at one of the local Deloitte Member Firms. On the contrary, the GPC would take place in the Netherlands. The GPC offers a chance to gain international experience while you get to work with colleagues at one of the numerous other member firms of Deloitte around the globe. Like the GIP the GPC was scheduled to take up to approximately 4 weeks.

I was chosen to take part in the GPC. A week before the GPC a mandatory kick off call took place during which the program was explained to me and the 80 participating interns from Deloitte Member firms around the globe. I was allocated to the Pursuit team which consisted out of three coaches from the US and one from Mexico and four interns from respectively Bermuda, Malta, Portugal and the Cayman Islands. During the first team call the basic aspects of a pursuit – the engagement of (new) clients – were explained to us. Our goal was to map out the current available sources for pursuit information with Deloitte as well as to come up with suggestions for improvement of the current system or an entire new system.

During the four weeks of the GPC, I took part in numerous group skype calls. The group calls with the interns were used mostly to divide the tasks and to discuss our progress, but of course we took time to chat about our countries and the member firms as well. The group calls we scheduled with our coaches mainly served the purpose of asking questions and receiving feedback on our work. In the third week a colleague and I attended a lunch in Amsterdam where we met with the main coordinator of the GPC - Daniëlle Trawick - and three interns who had come to the Netherlands to work on their GIP. As Daniëlle and I had both been actively participating in the daily photo challenge on the GPC Facebook page, a nice picture of this lunch setting was taken as well.

At the end of the fourth week of the GPC we presented our way to “Excellence in Pursuits” using a PowerPoint presentation in what would be our final group skype call with our coaches. Although the Pursuit team was satisfied with our work, we did not end up winning the team prize for our GPC. I did, however, not go on vacation empty handed, as I “had shown team work during the calls and final presentation, and been perseverant about finding a solution for the technical problems with Yammer by contacting not just one person, but the coaches, sponsor and teammates”, and for this reason was rewarderd with the Team Player Award by our coaches. It is satisfying knowing that besides the fact that I myself consider the GPC a rewarding experience, my input was appreciated by others as well. 

Lomme van Dam

Analyst International Corporate Income Tax

Voetbal, Fitness, gestudeerd aan de Tilburg University, op exchange geweest naar Californië waar ik studeerde aan de University of the Pacific, sinds september 2015 woon ik in hartje Rotterdam.

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