Veterans are helping us build a better world

Employment outreach

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Our support of veterans and their families doesn’t stop at our office doors — we want to help veterans across the country find employment and succeed in the corporate world. That’s why we participate in several think tanks and work with thought leaders focused on identifying and solving veteran employment issues. At Ernst & Young LLP, we encourage the recruiting and hiring of veterans both inside and outside the firm.

100,000 Jobs Mission
In March 2012, the US firm made a commitment to hire veterans as a part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition comprised of leading corporations committed to hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

We are one of over 40 firms actively participating in the coalition, which includes the hiring commitment, a promise to report progress quarterly, and collaboration among the corporate partners to address veterans’ issues and share lessons learned. Since joining the mission, Ernst & Young LLP has hired close to 180 veterans.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
In October 2013, the US firm launched a first-of-its-kind fellowship program to support the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), sending select professionals to work for IVMF pro bono for multiple months throughout the year to advance work supporting Veterans and their families. Among other duties, fellows will provide consultative activities to IVMF, drive policy and support programs that can have a significant impact on veteran’s issues, and enhance relationships with IVMF’s key stakeholders. 

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp For Veterans’ Families (EBV-F)
We also support the families of wounded warriors to help them succeed economically through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp For Veterans’ Families (EBV-F), of which EY is the founding sponsor. The program, which launched in 2010 and was founded by The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, is open to military family members who now find themselves in a full-time caregiver role for a wounded warrior, and also to the surviving spouse of a fallen hero. The program consists of a four-week online course, followed by a residency program at Syracuse University, and then 12 months of small business mentorship. It is offered at no cost to participants.

Other alliances
To further our connections with veterans, we build alliances with professional organizations such as Veterans on Wall Street and our clients’ internal veterans’ groups. We also help our veteran professionals connect and network outside EY by encouraging them to participate in corporate mentorship groups such as American Corporate Partners, which provides opportunities for career counseling and networking. Other groups that we support include:

  • Veterans Advisory Work Group on Employment
  • The Clinton Global Initiative Veterans Employment Working Group
  • The White House Joining Forces/CNAS Working Group on Veteran Employment
  • Veterans Employment Best Practices Summit