EY offers virtual internships due to Covid-19

14 May 2020 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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EY has announced plans to honour its global internship commitments in 2020, despite the disruption caused by Covid-19. Many internships will now be offered virtually – but will still allow for invaluable training, client work and networking experiences that the usual internships at the Big Four firm offer.

As the coronavirus lock-down continues into May, a number of professional services entities are offering professionals remote chances to put their spare time to good use. Earlier in the month, IFS is a global enterprise applications company, which develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world, announced it will be providing free training to help qualified consultants begin using IFS systems.

Now, Big Four firm EY has announced it is offering virtual internships due to the Covid-19 lock-down. In a release from the firm, EY stated that as interns represent the future of EY and the workforce, the firm has pledged to honour its long-standing commitment to internships, despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus – albeit digitally.

EY offers virtual internships due to Covid-19

Trent Henry, EY Global Vice Chair – Talent commented, “The students who have taken the time and effort to successfully apply for one of our sought-after placements deserve a great internship experience this summer. We think it’s important to continue to offer [interns] the opportunity to make a real contribution and develop their skills alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry. The virtual internship experience will be a little different to the office-based internships we’ve provided in the past, but they will be a valuable experience for the students taking part, and for EY too.”

The move sees EY offering 15,000 internships this fiscal year, many of them in virtual formats, with interns being compensated for their work and time consistent with our more traditional programs in prior years. The internships are being offered at EY offices across the world, and will typically range between one and six weeks in duration, depending on the location. EY’s statement added the firm has worked hard to ensure that interns taking part in virtual programs will be part of the culture at EY, contributing to live projects and delivering meaningful work.

The virtual internships will be modular in nature and will involve many of the usual aspects of a regular internship, including training opportunities and client work. The programmes will also allow for virtual networking and provide opportunities to meet influential experts and business leaders.