When Arienne Kvetkus started her internship back in June, she never imagined how quickly time would pass and how much she would learn during that time, as well as how many great people she would have the chance to meet. According to Arienne, “Working at Ernst & Young this summer was truly an amazing experience. Over the course of the internship I was given the opportunity to meet and talk with high level executives, including the new CEO, Mark Weinberger.” According to Arienne, one of the most valuable aspects of the internship was the opportunity to experience the rebranding of the company. This involved listening to the big and small picture– the mission and its execution. Arienne was also able to work directly at a client site, assisting in a carve-out audit for a Fortune 100 company.
Arienne has a BS in accounting and is tech savvy. These skill sets matter, but EY also stressed a positive attitude as part of their company environment. Arienne stated, “This didn’t necessarily mean being the happiest person in the office, but instead having an open mind to new things, the ability to accept constructive criticism and an appetite for learning.” Throughout her internship, she heard how EY employees were given opportunities to chase their dreams while being at the company– whether it was to travel the world or to start a whole new business line within the company.
EY also stressed the importance of networking, which ended up being one of the main objectives for their interns. Networking not only helps the company gain new clients, but also provides employees the opportunity to be placed in jobs they want. On the final week of her internship, EY sent Arienne to Florida for an International Leadership Convention. Not only was she able to hear from leaders within the company, but she also met interns from all over the world.
Although Arienne had a great experience, she had her first taste of a busy season, including five-day, fifty-hour weeks and working on Saturdays. Simply put, she believes that “with a positive attitude and a great team of colleagues, working at EY has the potential to provide you with a successful career and a happy life.”