Got a Big 4 audit internship, however considering declining because.... (Delivery centre position?)



Hello everybody, I am a little bit confused and distressed.

I secured a summer internship position for a big 4 firm this year, and there is a good chance I will get a job offer (well, hopefully anyway) . However, I just found out that this particular office for this Big 4 firm is recruiting graduates to fill positions in its ‘delivery centre assurance line’ . In other words, even If I did a good job at the internship, the job offer wouldn’t be a conventional practice-based training contract, but one in which I will be part of a delivery centre.

The graduate training contract is ACA, and is based in Ireland. The job requires travel to the mainland (England) Monday-Thursday, and returning to the Irish office on Friday. I’ve spoke with a few accountants and the general consensus seems to be that working as part of a delivery centre isn’t great experience; you would be better working at a smaller firm as it is essentially outsourcing cheap labour to do grunt work elsewhere .

Should I still do the internship? Have I got the wrong idea of delivery centres? I just want progression and to be learning the ‘right stuff’ of auditing.

One last question: If I was to do the internship and receive an offer, would it be worth declining the offer, and putting the Big 4 offer/internship on the CV and then leveraging that for other firms (the other big 3, GT/BDO etc).

Any insight would be great!


Hi, Can I ask do you have any other internship offers? At the end of the day it is work experience, say they offer you a position in that role, you can decline and apply for other graduate roles. It really isn’t compulsory and the fact you have an internship is excellent! So well done! Experience is experience, you should do the internship and put it on your CV, regardless of what your future outcomes are. Experience is far better than no experience. Hope this helps :).