Published on November 15, 2021 by Morgan Black
Global accounting firm EY, one of the Big Four firms, has extended a position in its Launch internship program to Samford accounting major Jansyn Gordon. To support the firm’s mission of building a better working world, the program embraces candidates who value diverse perspectives and inclusivity.
Gordon, who accepted the firm’s offer during her sophomore year, knew she wanted to study accounting even before she came to Samford. As part of the rotational program, she will have the opportunity to complete work in a variety of areas such as assurance, consulting and tax. Having already completed one rotation during the summer of 2021, she will also complete a rotation in summer 2022 and winter 2023, just prior to her expected graduation from Samford in spring 2023.
“The EY recruiting process was really genuine,” she said. “It took a lot of pressure off me to be able to connect with the firm so early during my college experience.”
Zia Trone, campus recruiter for EY, emphasized the firm’s initiative to provide fair and equal opportunities in the accounting space.
“This initiative transforms the way we think as a firm through different perspectives and different backgrounds, while allowing us to continue to holistically develop the way we perform,” Trone said. “The program is truly catapulting us in the right direction—not just from a representation standpoint, but also from an innovation and efficiency standpoint.”
Through the program, Gordon will be able to build mentoring relationships with professionals who can help contribute to her success.
“Jansyn has been a great asset to the program and our team,” Trone said. “She is really engaged and enthusiastic, and truly wants to be successful, which have all allowed her to integrate into the group really well.”
Following completion of her internship rotations, Gordon may have the chance to be considered for a full-time position with the global firm.
"Being able to have an internship with such a prestigious firm that has the same values as me is just a testament to the Lord's goodness,” Gordon said. “I am beyond grateful. During my short summer internship, I truly felt a part of the team and felt confirmed in my decision to pursue accounting. There are so many members of the Samford family now deep into their careers at EY and it was amazing to build relationships with them. I cannot wait for next summer to continue to grow and learn more!"
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