Internship Spotlight – Jordan Serotta, Ernst & Young

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Jordan Serotta is an Accounting major and will be graduating in December.  This summer she interned for EY as the Audit Intern in New York City.

How did you get this internship?  I was able to procure this internship by using the Eller network! By reaching out to my friends and mentors in the grades above me as well as alumni, I was able to make strong connections to EY staff across the nation. These relationships helped me to push and procure an internship in New York City.

What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of this internship was how much the female staff of EY was willing to take time to mentor me. I was on an audit team of all males except for my partner. She made the utmost effort to not only take the time to make sure I was comfortable, but put me in contact with a range of other women at the firm that I could reach out to if I needed anything.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part of this internship was asking the right questions. When working with the client, I was apprehensive in the beginning to speak up. In late June, a staff member asked me to come on a walk through of the client. Not only was I nervous, but I had no idea what to expect. My staff encouraged me to speak up about my opinions and I asked about a lease process that did not seem quite right. Although my question was not perfect, it shed light on a missing section of the process which became inherently important down the road. I learned that asking questions, right or wrong, can help the overall audit tremendously.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller gave me the soft skills that I needed to be confident in the workplace. I was asked to present a flow chart that I had made to my Senior Manager and  without the speaking skills that I had learned from case comps and in class presenting, I would not have had the confidence to be able to explain my work.

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided assistance for transportation.

Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience? EY gave me the tools to succeed in my Internship and pushed me to do the best in my professional and personal life.