Jessica Wherty is an Accounting major graduating in 2020. This winter break, Jessica had an externship with EY in Phoenix, AZ.
Why did you want to do this externship? I wanted to extern at EY because I would love to work for EY upon graduation.
What did you do during this job shadow experience? During my externship, I was able to meet the team auditing Freeport McMoran. They are one of the largest audit teams in the EY Phoenix office! Upon arriving for the day, I was given a tour of the Freeport McMoran office as well as the office the EY accountants were occupying. I was then able to sit in on a conference call EY had with EY accountants in New Orleans to discuss new technology they were implemented on the job site. I then attended a presentation about EY and Freeport McMoran before getting lunch! The Freeport McMoran audit team and I got lunch at the Arrogant Butcher in downtown Phoenix. I then was given an EY office tour before heading home for the day!
What did you learn from the externship? The externship allowed me to see a day in the life of an EY auditor. It gave me a taste for what my life could be like post-graduation!
Anything else you’d like to share about your job shadow experience? I had the best day with the Freeport McMoran audit team! Everyone I met at EY was extremely welcoming and made sure that I felt comfortable. I am so grateful for the opportunity and had the best time learning about EY and what auditing with a Big Four Accounting Firm entails.