The day was divided where most days in the morning we began with a series of talks and conversations with various employees at EY we then spent the afternoon working with a group of students on a case study that was presented to us. We then had to present our findings nearer the end of the 2 weeks to a panel of mentors.
On a day-to-day basis, we often began the day with insightful talks from EY employees, partners and committee members as well as hearing from many inspirational guest speakers such as June Sarpong, who spoke on Diversity and Inclusion, a talk I found particularly inspiring. After the lunch break we were given the opportunity to work in teams on a Case Study, created to represent a real audit, in preparation for a presentation.
The internship involved talks about work-life balance, diversity and inclusion, health and well-being, life at EY and service line specific talks. These were conducted on various online platforms, based from a specifically designed EY platform which showed each day’s agenda and allowed 1-1 conversations between interns, and taken by a mixture of speakers. We were fortunate to have talks from both June Sarpong OBE and Dr Alex George, along with multiple partners, managers, or EY employees with specific interests. Alongside the talks, we had multiple sessions of case study work in groups of 5 where we got to know some of the other interns on the programme, and multiple Q and A opportunities, with different ranks of people.
The role involves working with fellow interns to provide transactional advice, focussing on operational elements, to clients - this could be providing due diligence, value creation services or integration/divestiture planning and implementation advice. Since it was virtual this year, we worked on case studies instead which were very similar to how real-life projects would be and presented our findings to senior employees in the Transaction Strategy & Execution team. We also developed our knowledge about EY and TS&E in general through various teach-in and networking sessions.
During the mornings, I attended talks which taught me how to engage with clients and have me a large amount of understanding around the culture of EY and why it was a place that is so rewarding to work at. Following this, in the afternoons I engaged in a case study project with a cohort of other assurance interns, where we researched and created a project to do with a retailor struggling during the COVID pandemic.
My role was to complete a fictional valuation case study while working in a team. I also had individual work to complete and had mandatory sessions regarding EY, such as learning about EY Nextwave, EY Foundation, etc. I was assigned two mentors and a buddy who guided me throughout the summer internship. The internship was virtual, and therefore was highly structured in a way to help you get a good foundation for a graduate role.
Interns almost always spent the morning in live sessions/lectures detailing different topics. This included: - Service line learning - Wellbeing - D&I speeches - Highest performing teams learning - Health - Presentation Skills - Emotional intelligence - Business etiquette - Personal branding - Office Managing Partner meeting - Business development - Sustainability - Partner Panel Q&A - Interview prep - Client learning As well as plenty of activities like an escape room, race around the world games, and even a magician. Afternoons were spent working on a case study in which interns were put into teams of 4/5 and were asked to conduct a presentation on the auditing of a made up major retail company, Harkins' Emporium Limited. Interns had to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the company in terms of impact on the auditing, changes in financing, and changes in the general business. On the Wednesday of the second week, interns then had to present their findings to their mentor who gave feedback. Interns were finally given the opportunity to interview for the graduate conversion programme, which would then turn their EY experience into an ICAEW qualification for UK Assurance interns, or equivalent.
This year, the Summer Internship programme was hosted virtually on EY's own virtual platform over two weeks rather than six weeks in the London office, as was the internship experience previously. The day-to-day role consisted of attended presentations on service line learning, general EY information session as well as soft-skills training. There was also the opportunity for working on a case study within small groups which consisted of independent teams working and meeting with mentors, before a final presentation of our work.
The internship was hosted on EY's dedicated web platform which gave a clear and downloadable agenda to follow and clear links to either live video streams, a group video chat function, Teams calls or Zoom calls. Day-to-day activities include informational sessions on EY's service lines and networks, panel events with consultants and skill-building sessions. There was also a group case study project in which we were in a team of 5 and guided by our mentor who works in the consulting service line. Though there were many panels/presentations, there were not many other opportunities to network with many current employees or fellow interns.
The EY Summer internship was a fantastic experience, even although it was completed online and cut short from 6 weeks to 2 weeks. The interns were assigned case study groups to work in over the 2 week period with the end goal of presenting to 'acting partner' at EY. I really enjoyed working within my team as everyone was very inclusive and we complimented each other skill sets very well.
Most days started with a few talks in the morning. Throughout the two week period we were put into small teams of about 6 to complete a project for a mock client, with a presentation in the second week. We met regularly with mentors and there were many fun quizzes, interactive teambuilding activities.
Logged on between 9:30-10am, had various talks or q&a's with an hour for lunch and afternoon break and most afternoons we were on a call with our group to work on our case study project. Our task, as assurance interns, was to look at the impact on a high street retailer of the covid crisis and the risks to our audit process.
The day-to-day consisted mainly of talks and case study working. The internship started with introduction to the firm and service line, and the topic of the talks throughout the programme ranged from team building to self development to knowledge on the firm and industry. We were also assigned to a team to work on a case study and we usually have daily case study working sessions on our own or with a mentor from EY. On most days, we would usually have a fun activity session of Kahoot quizzes or other games.
Each day was different but consisted of a similar general structure. Talks were attended, with talks on various topics from mental health and wellbeing to personal brand. There was also multiple Q&A sessions with tax professionals from EY. The afternoons typically consisted of case study sessions, where we worked in a group.
Everyday we got given talks about the company and the specific roles we applied to. We got to have Q&amp;amp;A sessions with partners and current employees there. We also got given a case study to work on in groups, meaning we could express our teamwork skills, eventually presenting it to our mentors at the end, who also gave us guidance along the way.
The insight involved attending live-streamed talks as well as working on a case study. The talks were about EY as a company (e.g. diversity & inclusivity), my service line (e.g. Talent Leader Welcome for Assurance), and general subjects related to work (e.g. Working with Clients). The Case Study was related to assurance, and we worked in small groups with a mentor to guide us. We also attended panel sessions with EY employees of varying levels (partners, associates, etc.). We were not given responsibilities within the company.
The internship we had in Summer 2021 was virtual, and it mainly involved learning about our service line at EY. Working in the Audit department of the Assurance service line, we learned about what the role entails through dialogue and Q&A sessions with business leaders at EY. We were also given a case study to work on, which we were meant to present to our mentor at the end of the programme.
This virtual internship provided a wealth of information on EY including sessions that talked about the company and its culture, learning about and developing new skills e.g. resilience, panel q & a's with employees within the organisation, a group case study project, key note speeches and other fun activities as well!