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EY Internship Review

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What scheme were you on at Ernst and Young?

Summer internship: Direct Tax – Financial Services

What made you apply for this scheme?

I have always wanted to work in the financial world. As one of the Big 4 accountancy firms, I saw Ernst and Young as company which could provide me with a solid foundation to build upon for my journey into the financial industry.

Did you apply to any other firms?

I applied to 3 of the big 4 firms.

What was the application process like for the internship?

Out of all the firms I applied to, Ernst & Young’s application process was the most efficient and enjoyable. All the interviews and assessments were conducted in person and in their office which I found gave a nice personal touch. HR were also very swift in their communication and interview bookings.

What about the way Ernst and Young works do you find interesting since doing the summer internship?

I find Corporate Finance and Consultancy particularly interesting. The departments rely on you being totally up-to-date with all the goings-on in the financial world and their clients are very dynamic. Taking a step back from number crunching, and instead advising businesses was something I was also interested in doing.

How long was the internship?

The internship was 6 weeks long in the London office.

What hours were you generally in the office?

The hours were very manageable. We were told to be in the office by 9am and it was fine to leave anything after 5pm. At times it was even earlier if there were intern events or department drinks later that evening.

How much responsibility were you given during your time there and did you have any direct contact with clients?

In my department you were very much plunged in at the deep-end. There were rarely ever any menial tasks to do. It was essentially like being a first year trainee, which was something I found very impressive. I was taken out of the office on a few occasions to client meetings in places such as Lloyds of London. I was also taken for a two day overnight visit to Bristol to visit a client.

What were the offices like?

The offices were very modern and open plan.

Did you have much exposure to the more senior members of staff to ask questions about the firm to?

Huge emphasis was put on asking questions to any member of the firm, including directors and partners. Most of the time I was there, I was in communication every day with more than one partner, each of whom were very approachable and offered advice whenever I had a question.

Following your experiences at Ernst and Young would you consider working there in the future?

I believe the graduate programme offered by Ernst & Young is one of the best around for up and coming capitalists. You are essentially given an extra three years of university combined with work in one of the world’s financial capitals. Whether you decide to stay or not after three years; the qualification you hopefully obtain is so transferable, it gives you a significant advantage over future competition for jobs. The reputation of the firm and its diverse client base merely adds to this.






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