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Being an editorial intern amid the coronavirus pandemic

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Spotlight on inspiring CPCS interns: Meet Joseph Leonard, public relations student at Algonquin College.

Joining CPCS as an editorial intern allowed me to hone my writing skills, work with the head of HR on a recruiting project and learn what goes on in a global management consulting firm.

I’m Joseph Leonard, a third year public relations student at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada.

Like many of my classmates, I needed to find an internship to graduate, but also to keep my skills sharp during the COVID-19 lockdown.

I was fortunate to join CPCS as an editorial intern. As a member of the Communications and Marketing team, I helped with content production and brand building.

My first assignment was to report on an industry webinar, which resulted into this article.

To sum up, CPCS gave me a chance to:

  1. Sharpen my interviewing and writing skills
  2. Learn how to manage up
  3. Gain practical project management experience

Aside from making the most of a virtual internship, the best part was feeling part of a team amid this new physical distancing era.

A warm welcome from all around the world

CPCSers are not just experts in infrastructure. Turns out they’re experts at making others feel at home too. 

On the same day that I started, an employee newsletter announced my arrival to the whole company. Shortly after, welcome emails started to pile up in my inbox. Later that day, my internship announcement was posted on LinkedIn.

It felt as if CPCS laid out a virtual red carpet for me.

My integration continued with a tailored 90-day plan and invitations to regular team check-ins and weekly all-staff town halls. 

All in all, I learned a lot about how a management consulting firm operates. While it was difficult at times working from home and under the circumstances of COVID-19, it was a great virtual experience.

I recommend CPCS to any student looking for an internship or a job. Its commitment to excellence, its friendly culture and its global impact make it a great place to learn the ropes of the corporate world.  

Get discovered today 

CPCS is always looking for early career professionals, co-op students and interns through its Young Professional Program (YPP).

We’d love to hear from you. Simply send us your CV and cover letter to ypp@cpcs.ca.

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