I did enjoy my work placement with EY quite a lot. Working with one of the big 4, it was no doubt that the experience would be extremely helpful to me in engaging with the work and building an understanding of the economic and financial world around us. In particular, I got to partake in many jobs that the other employees were doing and this engagement with the company really helped me to get involved and enjoy the work.
When I received an email confirming that the original 6-week internship was changing to a virtual platform I was unsure how my experience would be the same. However, EY ensured that the virtual experience exceeded everybody's expectations. The platform Microsoft Teams was very efficient and it was easy to contact student recruitment or our sub-service line mangers. Each day was packed with networking sessions, case-study sessions, training sessions and much more.
I found the experience enjoyable, and I was impressed with how well put together things were, even on such short notice. Having a clear structure to the programme meant that no time felt wasted and each day brought something different. I particularly enjoyed the virtual quiz we took part in on the final day, as it both culminated everything we had learned over the course of the week and also added a fun competitive element.
I really enjoyed the internship experience, I thought it was very well done considering the move to an online experience. I enjoyed that we got to meet people from ares of the UK that we would not have got to meet if the internship was in the office and make lots of connections. I thought the day was broken up really well with learning and interactivity and comfort breaks so we were not worn out by the end of the day.
The virtual experience surpassed all of my initial expectations. Originally, I was due to undertake a 6 week paid internship within the Strategy & Transactions team within EY, however, due to COVID-19, this was unfortunately cancelled. Unlike most other large firms, EY decided not to completely forget about us, and instead ran a week-long virtual internship, which provided learning opportunities within the department as a whole, as well as my sub service line, and allowed ample opportunities for networking.
I was really impressed with the level of depth and variety of activities provided in a week, especially given the short time frame to put on this virtual experience. Every member of staff I met was informative and supportive and always encouraged asking questions at every opportunity. I know that I have left this week much better prepared for a job at EY and have improved on skills from presentation to analytics.
Provided a useful insight into the role and the company as a whole. at times some of the activities were a bit too boring or unnecessary and they felt like they were just to fill time. However, a lot of activities were enjoyable and the opportunity to be able to speak to other candidates and meet employees was both enjoyable and useful. the experience definitely made me feel like I would be able to have en enjoyable time working full time.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Despite it being virtual, all sessions were really engaging and interactive. The Q&A sessions in particular were very insightful and informative. Also, the case study task allowed me to meet fellow interns (virtually) which really enhanced the experience as I could share my thoughts with others instead of being confined to presentations all day. Overall, the experience exceeded my expectations and I would definitely recommend to other students, even if you don't have an initial interest in financial services.
I really enjoyed the virtual experience. I was initially disappointed that the 8-week internship had been changed to a week online, although I understood why. However, the information we have received and the number of interactive activities really impressed me and I have definitely been encouraged by the dedication EY has shown and it has given me the desire to join the graduate programme in 2021. Thank you for all of the activities and the amount of work that was put into this week.
I enjoyed my experience at the EY virtual experience thoroughly. The mixture of talks, interactive activities and group sessions kept me engaged throughout the process and were interesting. I was impressed by the variety of talks on offer, some not directly related to work EY does focusing on presentation skills or mental health which impressed me. The group activities were fun and engaging and it was nice to meet other attendees despite not meeting each other in real life.
The EY team worked extremely hard to provide a comprehensive and thorough virtual internship experience programme which was immersive, insightful and engaging. I extremely enjoyed the virtual experience and the range of sessions EY ran during the week including service line specific information, skills workshops including presentation skills, health and mindfulness workshops as well as interactive case studies which allowed me to engage and interact with fellow interns and members of EY who volunteered their time to act as mentors.
I really enjoyed the virtual experience. I found out a lot about EY and the area of Assurance which beforehand I did not know much detail about. The people at EY were very friendly and helpful. They gave excellent answers to questions and were happy to field all questions no matter how big or small. The programme was interesting and diverse and gave us a really good insight into what it is actually like to work at EY.
It was really great from the staff at EY to still put together a programme in place of the Leading Women week, in a short time frame and in such difficult circumstances. There were many interesting insights in to the company culture at EY, although I found there was limited exposure to what an actual working day would be like. Overall the programme was enjoyable and went very quickly, however I did not find it to be a realistic view of what the job might be like.
I really enjoyed the virtual internship experience as I found it very insightful and a great opportunity considering many of the other companies did not provide an internship experience due to Covid-19. It gave the chance to speak to employees from EY and meet other interns that I may be working with in the future. The information provided was also very useful and will give a competitive advantage in the future. Overall it was a great experience.
I did enjoy the virtual summer internship with EY however it felt slightly daunting sometimes whenever we had to have smaller group sessions over Microsoft teams calls as we didn’t have the chance to build the same rapport with our groups as we would have in person. Although, this is very understandable and EY did an amazing job organising the programme for us in such short time. I would have enjoyed the experience more in person but it was as good as it could be.
I thought it gave me a fantastic insight into the culture of EY and how it operates, as well as teaching me some incredibly valuable soft and hard skills applicable to almost any environment that I did not previously have. I was given a case study to work on in a team which helped me understand the role at EY and gave me valuable experience to reference in an interview. The attention given to personal development impressed me and was also very valuable.
I really enjoyed this virtual internship experience. We had many different opportunities during this week including information on EY's business and structure, as well as advice on presentation skills, teamwork skills and time management which were really interesting and inspiring. We also had the opportunity to work in a group of our peers in a project based in the sector that I applied for which was very rewarding and was concluded with a presentation and questions from the EY team. Overall, a really enjoyable week.
The experience was really valuable. I learnt so much about a variety of aspects of the business, consulting and financial services. There was a strong focus on what life as a grad at EY would be like, but also some more general takeaways around presenting skills, mindfullness and other aspects of working life. Naturally, with the internship being 1 week online instead of 6 weeks in the office it was more difficult to make connections with people both at EY and other interns but a real effort was made to mitigate this.