While college seniors all over the country are already thinking about their next steps after graduation, accounting major Taryn Medeiros '15 has at least one certainty--a full-time job at global professional services firm EY (Ernst & Young) that begins in the fall of 2015.
Medeiros served as an audit intern in the company's assurance department in the summer of 2014. After hearing about the opening from classmate Julia Demirali '15, she got her résumé in front of EY's campus recruiter. A phone interview and a face-to-face interview at EY's Back Bay office followed before Medeiros received the letter offering her the competitive and prestigious opportunity.
In her role, Medeiros split her time between two clients, a biotechnology company and a technology company, participating in audit meetings and doing some of the "tick and tie" audit work.
"We weren't treated as interns," she said. "We were part of the team, just as if we were employees."
The opportunity came at a time of change for the firm, which currently ranks third in the international "Big Four." In July 2013, the firm rebranded, shortening its name to EY, and recently launched Vision 2020, a plan to make EY the leading global professional services organization by 2020.
"They're looking to invest in people," Medeiros said, noting that EY's internship program is used as a substantial recruiting tool for future full-time employees. "If interns do get job offers, they already know the work, the job, the company."
A spot in the internship program isn't necessarily a golden ticket to employment, however. Of the 80 interns that entered with Medeiros, four were let go during the two-month period. While her own performance reviews were consistently good, she stayed focused on the value of the experience--the job offer would be a bonus.
"I thought, 'If I get it, great,'" she said. "I didn't want to get my hopes up, but I tried to keep a positive attitude."
Does this mean the pressure is off for Medeiros as she begins her senior year? Hardly.
Among her goals is to maintain her standing on the Dean's List--a challenge, considering the course load she is taking on. Before Medeiros can begin her career at EY or obtain licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she must complete the 150 credit hours required by both the company and the state. (Emmanuel requires 128 hours for graduation.) While many CPA-hopefuls choose to earn the remaining credits at the graduate level, Medeiros is "buckling down" and finishing them at Emmanuel. She plans to study for the CPA exam over the summer, and hopes to be certified by the time she begins at EY.
Medeiros encourages students to use their time, including the summer months, wisely.
"Do your internships early, and try to do more than one," she said, having also held a spring-semester internship at the small, Newton, Mass.-based advisory firm Robert Goodman P.C. "Future employers will value your experience even more than what you've learned from a textbook."