Internship Spotlight – Ornella Kaneza, Ernst & Young

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Ornella Kaneza is an Accounting major and will graduate in May 2019.  She interned this summer for Ernst & Young as the Assurance/Tax Intern in Phoenix, Arizona.

How did you get this internship?  This internship primary focuses on minorities. I was contacted via email to attend an information session, and that’s how I learned about the Launch internship. I applied online via handshake and did interviews.

What was a typical day like? Each week, I was either assigned in the tax or assurance department. Depending on the engagement team, my day would sometime starts as early as 8 am. I would be introduced to the team and would typically have a senior or a staff in charge of me. I would also be given tasks by either them or any of the team member that needs help with anything.

By 12 o clock usually, we would all go to lunch. The first day with a new engagement team, the person with the highest seniority would invite the whole team to lunch. Definitely fun time and also great to know your colleagues and ask questions.

My day would likely end around 5:30 pm.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? Personally, I found the first days overwhelming. Everything is all new. However, I learned that it’s okay and that I needed the time to get comfortable and adjust to the people and the organization. After that, you just view each day at your internship as an opportunity to learn and I was just excited to see what the day would look like.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Attend information sessions, connect with recruiters, put your best foot forward.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship? As a junior at Eller, we had to work in teams. That whole year, I learned to communicate with team members, be a team player, coordinate and be responsible for my work. That is exactly what my internship also looked like. Working in teams, be open to learning new efficient ways and doing my tasks.

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance.