Mentorship is an integral part of an EY experience. Everything is structured to ensure you receive the most support possible. You’ll be assigned a Staff 2 as a buddy to ask those small, random questions (like where is the mailroom in the office), then you have a mentor who is most likely a manager/senior manager and then you have a partner mentor. These relationships have structured meetings planned throughout the internship so you don’t have to feel awkward reaching out to them on your own. Any question/concern you might have, someone will be there to help answer them. Because of the mentor system in place, I felt much more comfortable reaching out to the busy manager or even partner requesting a meeting.
As an intern, I had two different people above me that I could ask questions to about any aspect of the firm. You get these assigned experienced mentors as a full-time employee as well. On my specific project team, I developed a few mentor/mentee relationships that I could utilize if I had questions regarding my project that I couldn't find answers to. Between the formal mentors I was paired with and the mentors I found on my project team, I was able to more easily navigate the firm. This was critical to my success because there are so many moving parts at a large firm like EY, and these formal/informal mentors help guide your development and growth.
Yes it does! I was involved in the mentorship program while still in school where I was teamed up with a former Temple grad who told me all about what it's like to work at the company. Then once I was in the company I was given many more mentors as an intern. I have a peer mentor (someone who has only worked here for a year or so), a consoler (person with 5 or years of experience) who you meet with every few weeks. There's many other people throughout the office and on your engagement teams who would love to point you in the right direction too.
3. EY does offer a mentorship program. For each group I worked with, I was assigned a service line champion, which is a professional at the manager level or above who gives broader perspectives on what each service line does and allows interns to ask any questions they may have. Throughout the summer, I met with my service line champions over coffee or chatted on the phone with them. By asking what they think a successful intern looks like, I was able to tailor my actions over the course of the summer to fit the profiles they described.