Formed in 1998 from a merger between Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, PwC has a history in client services that dates back to the nineteenth century. The two firms before the merger each had co-op programs that date back to the early 1980s. PwC now hires about two dozen accounting majors into co-op positions each year.
The Managing Partner of the Boston office, Mike Costello, describes the co-op program as a “unique opportunity for an employer to really work with a student side-by-side, on multiple assignments.” He says through the co-op program employers “get the opportunity to judge a student’s future fit with the organization, not only based upon their academic background and their intellect, but their personality and ability to interact with a team.” PwC often extends offers of full-time employment to students on their final co-op assignment before graduation. The students who accept such offers understand the profession and the work demands, and are highly confident that they’re a good fit for the organization.