An intern-turned-consultant settles in
Edouard S. Roland, 24, graduated from Baruch College with a degree in computer information systems this May and went to work as a consultant with Deloitte. He's the second one from the left in the back row of our cover photograph. Roland spoke with Staff Editor Lindsey Gerdes about his summer internship with Deloitte and his first month on the job.
What was the best part of your internship?
On the second or third day, I was assigned to a client. My manager needed somebody to go to a walk-through [an evaluation of a client's computer system], and most of the team hadn't been rolled into the project yet. I'd just gotten my ID printed. It's a little empowering that they hold you in such high esteem and want to provide you with as much information as possible. And we had tons of fun. They rented out a whole stadium in New Jersey, and we played softball.
What other opportunities did you consider?
I was also looking at private banking. I did an internship earlier, but I felt the things I was doing were a little tedious. There wasn't much flexibility. Deloitte is willing to work with my schedule. And here I think I'll be able to create opportunities for myself.
How is work so far?
Right now I'm going on walk-throughs and getting familiar with the business. I'm working with the same client I did when I was an intern. We're at the client site, all sitting together: managers, consultants, partners. We're one big happy family.
What's the biggest challenge?
Managing my time. I want to be good at what I'm paid to do, working with clients. But I also want to give back, to do recruiting and diversity events. It feels like I'm taking off from work, but I'm really developing myself.
People tend to think Gen Yers are whiny and demanding. What do you say to that?
I don't see that, and to be honest I haven't heard those stereotypes. I understand we have to pay our dues, and I understand that takes time. I understand there's a certain path, and I have to learn how things work. My friends are the same. We know what we have to do to become successful.
Ideally, what would your future at Deloitte look like?
The first day during my internship we met the dean of the program. He was a partner—actually he was a Baruch alum, too. I feel like I could really stay here and be on that partner track. I'm looking forward to perfecting my craft and learning the tricks of the trade.