EY Careers frequently asked questions

Have questions about applying to and working at Ernst & Young LLP (EY US)? You’re likely to find your answers here.

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Applying and interviewing at EY

  • What are some tips for going through the EY US interview process?

    We want to get to know you and understand your interests, your skills and your experiences. Think through how you want to articulate these areas, starting with your application and then through your interviews. Spend some time on our website learning about Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) and the business area you’re interested in. We also want to answer all your questions, so be prepared in advance. After you submit your application online, we’ll send you an email confirmation, and if your qualifications and experience match our requirements, a recruiter will contact you. View more application and interview tips here.

  • How long does the EY US application or recruiting process take?

    The recruiting process varies by practice, role and location; however, we aim to provide an update within a timely manner after your application submission date. We know that waiting to hear can be tough, so we will let you know as soon as we can. Our recruiters and professionals will stay in touch with you throughout the recruiting process, and we ask that you do the same. We welcome you to ask questions, request additional information or let us know if you have received another offer.

  • I recently accepted an offer for a position within EY US. What happens next?

    For professionals:

    If you have any questions regarding next steps or onboarding, please reach out to the experienced-hire recruiter or your recruiting coordinator whom you have been in contact with. Once you start with the firm, you’ll participate in Welcome to EY (WTEY), our two-day firmwide orientation program. During WTEY you’ll be introduced to the EY US culture, EY brand, your colleagues, and specific tools and resources you’ll need.

    For students:

    If you have any questions regarding next steps or onboarding, please reach out to your recruiter. You can expect to receive your confirmed start date and onboarding action items a few months prior to the start of your position. The start of your position is indicated in the job title. For example, for a summer 2023 internship, you can expect to receive start date and onboarding information in the months approaching June 2023.

    Please see below a roadmap of what you can expect during the Pre-boarding process. Please note everyone’s timeline may vary given unique circumstances by practice and location. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Students and entry-level professionals

  • How can I learn more about the EY US recruiting process and available programs?

    There are several ways to learn more about our recruiting process and programs.

  • When are EY US internships and student programs offered and when can I apply?

    We offer internships throughout the year. Applications for summer internships are available starting in the fall of the previous year and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Applications for student programs are offered year-round as well and are reviewed and accepted based on the program’s qualifications.

    Learn more about our internships and student programs as well as our application process.

  • What are the different types of EY US internships offered?

    Whether you are an undergraduate, MBA or advanced-degree student, our summer and winter internships and student programs provide experiences, networking and learning and development opportunities to help launch your EY career.

    As a service line intern, you’ll gain exposure to our business and our world-class clients. Under the guidance and coaching of our professionals, you’ll work on transformative projects, hone important skills, network with world-class talent and learn how EY US helps you care for your physical, emotional, social and financial wellbeing. Throughout your internship, you’ll receive regular feedback that will help you develop the skills you need to succeed.

    The Launch Internship is an immersive rotational experience that will help you build the foundation for a career in professional services. You’ll hone the skills and technical competencies that will contribute most to your professional advancement. You’ll gain valuable experience working on projects alongside professionals from each of our service lines (Audit, Tax, Consulting, and Strategy and Transactions) and across a variety of industries. Along the way, you’ll discover the tools, culture and opportunities to help you personalize your internship journey so that it’s as unique as you are.

    Learn more about an EY internship.

  • Is an EY US internship required before transitioning into a long-term job position within EY?

    Internships are not required but are always encouraged. We understand that not everyone has had the opportunity to pursue an EY internship, and participating in an EY internship will not affect the status of your application for a full-time role at the firm.

    In any case, applicants are encouraged to pursue various activities that strengthen their interpersonal skills and work experience, including extracurricular activities, campus organizations, leadership opportunities and more.

  • Will submitting more than two applications to available EY US internships within a six-month period disqualify the candidate?

    EY US offers a variety of career paths and opportunities, and with so many options, we understand it can be hard to choose. To have the best candidate experience, we encourage you to apply to no more than two positions within a six-month period. 

    If we are unable to consider you for the position to which you applied, a recruiter will review your application for eligibility for other positions. You may be contacted to gauge your interest in other opportunities at EY US.

  • What responsibilities do EY US interns have?

    Under the guidance and coaching of our professionals, interns experience working on projects such as conducting internal control reviews on an audit, helping perform tax planning or even building a bot to help one of our teams work more efficiently.

    Interns also hone important skills such as presenting and networking, while also learning about how to care for their physical, emotional, social and financial wellbeing. Throughout their internship, interns receive regular feedback, guidance and coaching from our professionals to help develop the skills they need to succeed.

  • How do I know which role to apply to that is best suited for my major and background?

    We encourage all candidates to explore our majors mapping tool, where you can dive deeper into all of our service lines and industries to see where you might fit best.

    Additionally, you can learn what it is like to work here, read stories from real EY employees and learn more about our EY culture here.

  • Where can I learn more about campus events that EY US is hosting?

    We recommend getting in touch with your campus recruiter (if known) or your university's career center to learn more about campus events. In the meantime, check out our EY Next Steps events hub.

  • How can I figure out who my campus recruiter is and how to connect with them?

    EY US recruits top talent from a variety of schools and universities, some of which may or may not have a dedicated EY recruiter. We strongly encourage all students to connect with their career services center to learn more about employers on their campus and recruiters to connect with. Additionally, our Campus Sourcing Team recruits virtually from all campuses without a dedicated recruiter. You can also connect with EY recruiters on LinkedIn to stay updated!

Life at EY US

  • How is the global EY organization structured?

    EY is a global organization made up of legally separate member firms in more than 150 countries. Each member firm is owned by its partners and principals, who have operational control of their business. Through four integrated service lines — Assurance, Consulting, Strategy and Transactions and Tax — and our deep industry knowledge, we help our clients capitalize on new opportunities and assess and manage risk to deliver responsible growth. Our high-performing multidisciplinary teams help clients fulfill regulatory requirements, keep investors informed and meet stakeholder needs.

  • How do I choose which EY US business area to join?

    Start by exploring what you can do here.

  • What is the EY US policy on remote or hybrid work?

    At EY US, we understand life’s challenges and complexities. We know everyone is juggling a career with priorities outside of work, and COVID-19 has made this even more of a challenge for many. That’s why we support you to work, connect and collaborate more easily and flexibly. Learn more about our flexibility and mobility practices.

  • What do EY US people wear at work?

    Our office dress policy is business casual, which includes jeans. This means you can wear clothes that make you feel comfortable for the day you have planned. The exception to this rule is that when you’re based at client sites, we encourage you to adopt the client’s dress code.

  • What are the typical hours in a working week at EY US?

    That’s difficult to say because there’s no typical week at EY US and your hours will vary according to the project you’re involved in. During busy periods, you may be asked to work longer hours and/or more regularly at client sites. By communicating regularly with your team and supervisor, you’ll be able to understand their expectations and plan your time effectively, enabling you to manage your work-life balance.


  • How does EY US support the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of employees?

    Better You is our commitment to helping you achieve the vitality needed to perform at your best, both inside and outside the workplace. It is our holistic approach to wellbeing, providing you with carefully curated benefits, programs and tools for your physical, emotional/daily life, and financial and social wellbeing.

    To learn more about all of the benefits and wellbeing programs we offer, visit our Better You site.

  • What is the EY US vacation policy?

    The EY US flexible vacation policy provides a flexible work environment for our people — there is no set number of vacation days allotted to each person annually. Our employees have the flexibility and discretion to decide when and how much vacation they need. Additionally, we offer 19 paid holidays, including four-day weekends for Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving, and weeklong summer and winter breaks.

  • What financial help does EY US provide?

    EY US offers a wide variety of financial offerings, including generous 401(k) and pension plans, tax preparation services, and solutions for repaying student loan debt. Learn more about how we support your financial wellbeing.

  • I accepted an offer for an EY US position. When can I enroll in benefits?

    During your onboarding, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the benefits provided. However, you’re only able to enroll in benefits after you start your employment with the firm.

Our culture

  • What is the EY US approach to diversity, equity and inclusiveness?

    At EY US, you’ll find a diverse and inclusive culture where you’re embraced and respected for who you are and provided equitable opportunities to thrive. We want you to feel like you belong here because your uniqueness helps us stand apart. We believe we can solve the toughest challenges together by valuing our differences and teaming inclusively to build safety and trust. Diverse viewpoints are the catalysts that lead to better questions and better answers. That’s when creative ideas flow, igniting innovation and inspiring more effective solutions. We welcome all people, no matter who they are or what their background. Each of us is different, and we value and respect all EY people.

    View our EY US DEI report: building a more equitable working world.

  • What is the EY US approach toward environmental sustainability?

    We recognize our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment, and we also see sustainability as an important business issue for our clients.

    On a global basis, we measure our carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it by:

    • Locating our offices in buildings that meet the highest standards for sustainability
    • Reducing the need for overseas travel, using video and teleconferencing instead
    • Sourcing green energy suppliers wherever possible

    On an individual level, you can join one of the eco-teams in our offices that promote responsible practices or contribute your time to a charity or organization that benefits the environment.

  • How can I get involved in my local EY US community initiatives?

    Part of our commitment to building a better working world is giving back to our communities. You’ll have the chance to use your skills, knowledge and experience to address the social challenges of our time, including leveraging EY Ripples — our global platform that brings greater scale and sharper focus to our efforts to strengthen our communities. Learn more about our corporate responsibility efforts.

  • Are there opportunities outside of the work environment for employees who want to get to know their coworkers?

    Yes! Each office will have social events and local professional network chapters to help employees connect to one another. 

Learning and development

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