Internship Profile: Clemens Moehring
Place of internship: Ernst & Young
Position: Financial Services Advisor
During summer 2012, I completed a five-week internship at the London Office of Ernst & Young. I was working within the Advisory Service Line of the firm, in the Financial Services IT Risk & Assurance department. Going into my second year at Royal Holloway, I discovered how many fantastic internship opportunities there are for students in their penultimate year, in almost any sector that one can think of. I researched thoroughly into what field I would like to gain more experience in, and I felt that professional services would be a great choice, as one can gain various insights into all kinds of companies this way. The application process consisted of several stages, including online tests, interviews and an assessment centre. I went to several talks held by the Careers Centre on campus, and also had a practise interview as preparation – something I would recommend anyone in a similar position.
The internship was a fantastic experience. Because of the Olympics, EY joined their two usual summer schemes into one, meaning that we had a group of 120 interns! This already made the time extremely enjoyable – I met so many great likeminded people, be it during work, the induction weekend, or the numerous social events organised by EY. The work itself was very varied. Alongside other interns, I was placed on two different projects during the internship, which included working with some of the largest banks in the world. I was working mostly at the clients’ offices, and work ranged from data analysis and manipulation, to composing audit reports, to taking part in various meetings. I felt that I was given real responsibility and felt that I was part of the team in these projects.
I must say I have learnt a lot during the internship. Next to some core skills, such as using MS Excel and Access to work with data, I have learnt a lot about the working culture at a multinational professional services firm. A key lesson I took from the internship was something that was said to us interns numerous times: Own your career. I feel this statement is extremely true. There are so many opportunities around, both in terms of different internships, but also once you are in an internship, and it is up to you to make most of them. For me personally, I learnt that though I extremely enjoyed the working culture and the people at EY, the department I was working in was not exactly what I see myself doing in the future. I discussed this with people inside the company, talked to people at other departments, and, after completing the internship, I was then offered a graduate job within the department that I definitely see myself in the future.