What are PwC's Elevate Programs?

The Elevate programs are selective programs for high-achieving college students interested in learning about a fast-paced career in the professional services industry. You will embark on a journey of self-discovery and learning with PwC and other students from across the country. You will gain valuable insight into our firm and our people while discovering leadership skills that you can use on campus and beyond. The programs are designed to help you experience PwC's culture and values through a variety of community service, team-building and networking activities. Be prepared to stretch your imagination and challenge yourself to elevate your capacity and proficiency as a leader.

This summer we will host one National Elevate program and several Market Elevate programs across the country. PwC offices are grouped into nineteen individual markets throughout the country, most of which offer a Market Elevate program. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the market program (if available) in which they might want to pursue internship or full-time employment. Most Market Elevate programs are 1-2 days in length and travel and accommodations may be provided by PwC depending on the individual program components and location. Please contact your recruiter directly for further information.

National Elevate participants will attend the program compliments of PwC. Accommodations will be provided and ground/air transportation will be arranged by the firm.

Students cannot attend more than one Elevate program. During the on-campus interview process your recruiter will discuss with you which program may be more appropriate based upon your qualifications and summer schedule.

National Elevate Program:
June 23-25; Atlanta, GA

Program Location FY14 Program Dates
Atlanta May 15-16
Baltimore May 28-29
Birmingham June 11-13
Boston May 20-21
Buffalo/Rochester June 27
Charlotte July22-23
Chicago May 21-22
Cincinnati May 19-21
Cleveland June 23
Dallas July 22-23
Denver June 10-11
Detroit May 13-14
Harrisburg July 16
Hartford May 28-29
Houston July 16-17
Kansas City July 8-9
Los Angeles July 10-11
McLean May 21-22
Minneapolis May 28-29
Nashville June 23-24
New York May 28-30
Orange County June 30-July 1
Philadelphia June 9-10
Phoenix June 11-12
Pittsburgh June 19
Portland July 23-24
Salt Lake City June 5-6
San Diego July 31
San Francisco  June 30-July 1
San Jose July 24-25
Seattle July 22-23
St. Louis June 3-4
Tampa June 25-26

Why apply to Elevate?
PwC's Elevate programs are prestigious events. We receive overwhelming interest in them each year. As an Elevate attendee you will have the opportunity to:

  • Enhance your learning of the professional services industry and PwC's Tax, Assurance and Advisory services.
  • Build your network of PwC professionals and college peers across the United States.
  • Get an inside track on internship opportunities at PwC.
  • Continue to develop yourself and your brand.
  • Generate excitement related to your goals and future opportunities in professional services.

Am I eligible to apply?
Students should demonstrate some of the characteristics we find critical to success at PwC and meet the criteria listed below. The Elevate programs are NOT open to any student who a) has completed a PwC internship, b) has accepted an offer for a future PwC internship, or c) will have accepted an internship or full-time employment offer from another Big 4 accounting firm prior to attending an Elevate program.

Degree Seeking:

Bachelor's, Master's

Major or Minor:

Accounting (with intent to be CPA eligible upon graduation). Some Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems and Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Math, Marketing, Engineering and Health related majors may also be considered.

GPA:

3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA preferred

College Class Status:

Sophomore status in a four-year program or junior status in a five-year program.

How do I apply?
Applications for the 2014 Elevate programs will be posted on most campuses beginning in January 2014. For questions specific to your campus please reach out to your local PwC recruiter.

What are recruiters looking for in Elevate candidates?
During the selection process recruiters are looking for individuals who meet our eligibility criteria and demonstrate some of the characteristics we find critical to success at PwC. At PwC, we understand that investing in diverse talent, as well as maintaining an inclusive culture that supports equal employment opportunity principles, promotes innovation, enhances perspectives and solidifies global relevance for our clients' business, as well as our own.

At the Elevate programs we are looking for participants to remain engaged, excited and inquisitive throughout the experience. While the programs are designed to enhance your exposure to and understanding of professional services and PwC, they are also an opportunity for you to teach us about you and all of the great things you have to offer. As with most other things, you will get out what you put into it.

Can you tell me about the cost, travel and logistics of this event?
Travel and accommodation expenses for the National Elevate program are paid for by PwC. Travel and accommodations may also be provided for Market Elevate programs, depending on the individual market program (please ask your recruiter). Details pertaining to program logistics will be communicated within the program invitation.

How many people attend the Elevate programs?
Approximately 350 students attended our National Elevate in 2013, along with approximately 65 PwC partners, principals, staff and recruiters. The size of Market Elevate programs vary by city and market, but PwC hosted approximately 1100 students at market programs in 2013.

What if I can’t attend the whole event?
Given the competitive nature of this program, the event is available only to those students who can commit to attending the entire program. Please discuss any potential conflicts with your recruiter.

What is the next step after attending an Elevate program?
The Elevate programs are intended to help you develop the skills and characteristics to be successful in the professional services industry. In the past many of our National Elevate and Market Elevate participants have gone on to apply for and accept internships with PwC and ultimately become full time employees. Our goal is to help provide all participants with a solid understanding of the opportunities at a firm like PwC and help lay the foundation for a successful career, whatever you decide that may be.

What if I am not selected for an Elevate program? Have I ruined my chances to intern or work for a firm like PwC?
Absolutely not! Acceptance into our Elevate programs is a competitive process and we cannot always invite all candidates in which we see potential. We recognize that this is often one of the first steps in the recruiting process for many students -- look at it as the beginning, not the end. The selection process for our Elevate programs is similar to the internship and full time recruiting process, so applying for Elevate is great practice for the internship/full time recruiting process. Whether or not you are selected for Elevate, applying is still a fantastic way to start building a relationship with PwC. With the understanding that not all students can participate in our Elevate programs, our local markets host a number of open social events and networking opportunities throughout the spring and summer that we encourage you to take advantage of. For further information on the events taking place in your local city/campus please reach out to your recruiter.

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