“It’s a great program. I think it’s a tremendous opportunity that we’re allowing the students to work in a corporate environment and it’s a win-win situation for all.”
John Sasso, Assistant Director, IT Services, EY
EY, a “Big Four” global accounting firm, has been a CTE Summer Scholars partner since the program’s inception in 2012.
Last summer, EY hosted four students in its IT Services department. The students worked on weekly rotational assignments. Projects on which they worked included migrating computers from XP to Windows 7, troubleshooting and performing hardware repairs, providing desktop support to employees at the firm, and assisting in maintaining the technology inventory of hardware.
John Sasso, Assistant Director, IT Services, served as the students’ host. “The four students from last year were phenomenal. They’re coming from a good education. By giving them ownership of their work, they took tremendous pride in what they did and their accomplishments. It was rewarding for us to see how much they contributed and the relationships they built during their internship with us.”
Sasso offers the following advice for creating a quality internship experience: “We set expectations for the students, explaining the operational tasks and project they would be working on. We ensured they worked with various team members, setting them up with mentors and a support structure. We ensured feedback was provided and that each student had one on one time and opportunities to ask questions and share their feedback with us.