In this “Day-in-the-Life” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and internship experience of our students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management as they reflect on what a typical day in their internship role looks like.
Name: Mary-Katheryn Egger ’23
Majors: Accounting and Retail Management
Minor: Information Management & Technology (iSchool)
Internship Title/Company: Assurance Intern at EY
Describe your position and what it entails?
I am an east audit intern, meaning that I work with non-FSO clients on their audits. This summer I had a week of virtual training, was assigned to two different audit rotations and got to be part of the 2022 Futures conference at the end of the summer. Throughout each experience, I have been able to network with my peers and EY professionals, and learn about audit and other service lines to gain a better understanding of EY’s company culture.
What does a typical day in your role look like?
I arrive at work before the rest of my team does at 9 a.m. This free time allows me to settle into the office and prepare for the day. One thing I love about my internship is that each day is different. I try to keep my start and end times consistent, getting lunch around 1 p.m. and grabbing coffee with my team around 3 p.m.
Besides these set breaks and any meetings or events I have on my calendar throughout the day, I’m working on whatever our client needs help with. This has ranged from planning for an audit walkthrough to completing the tie-outs for a multimillion-dollar debt offering. Each task takes weight off my team and adds value to the engagement, which makes my work feel more important and useful to all parties involved.
Generally, I leave the office around 5 p.m. I am someone who works best when I am on my toes and keeping a general routine so working in the audit industry has been a wonderful fit for me so far.
What do you look forward to most coming into work?
My favorite part of being an intern has been meeting other interns and EY team members through this experience. It is such a unique opportunity in that I have been able to meet individuals from all different schools, regions and backgrounds that I likely would not have met otherwise. Each person has enriched my experience in a different way and helped me grow throughout my time with EY.
How did you land this internship?
From the start of my time at Syracuse University I attended career fairs and networked with professionals. Professor MaryAnn Monforte was a huge catalyst in this effort once I decided that I wanted to be an accounting major, as she organized networking events with various firms.
Through building relationships and attending events I found a strong interest in EY. Through fostering this relationship, I was invited to be part of Experience EY in December 2020, which allows students to be part of unique learning seminars and interview for potential roles. About a week after participating in this event and interviewing with two firm partners within the assurance service line I was offered a role as a summer intern and later accepted it.
How has Whitman prepared you for this internship?
Beyond the academic skills and knowledge Whitman has provided me with, I have felt extremely comfortable with my networking abilities, something I could not have said prior to beginning at the school. Whitman taught me the proper etiquette for business meetings, how to effectively ignite and sustain professional relationships and how to dress without compromising my personal style. These elements have been extremely important in progressing my professional journey. Additionally, having such a large alumni network creates automatic connections in the professional world. The Orange network really shows to be true outside of campus.
What have you learned so far from this experience?
Technically, I have learned audit skills that I did not have previously, specifically pertaining to the audits of public companies and those with a global consumer base. I have also had the privilege of participating in a data analytics program within my internship to be trained in Alteryx and Power BI.
On a personal side, I have been challenged to put myself out there and initiate professional relationships. Being in the office in New York City can feel all-consuming, so I have found it extremely important to take the first step in meeting a coworker. Through starting these conversations, I have met fellow interns as well as executives that I would not have known otherwise.
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