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EY ranks No. 1 in accounting for the 8th consecutive year on the Universum Undergrad IDEAL™ US Employer Survey

New York, 26 March 2015

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Today, Universum announced that accounting students ranked Ernst & Young LLP No. 1 in accounting for the eighth consecutive year on its US Universum Undergrad Overall IDEAL™ Employer Survey. Nearly 82,000 students at over 365 leading universities participated in the 2015 survey, responding to questions about their career expectations and how they perceive organizations as employers. This recognition again marks the firm’s leadership among the Big Four professional services firms in the US in both categories.

“We are proud to once again be ranked the No. 1 accounting firm employer by students in the US,” said Kelly Grier, EY Americas Vice Chair – Talent. “EY is committed to identifying future leaders and delivering an exceptional EY experience that helps them to achieve a lifetime of success, both professionally and personally.”

The US firm plans to recruit over 9,000 students from US campuses in fiscal year 2015, which ends June 30, and is up from 7,500 students in the previous year. In the Americas area, which includes North America, Central America, South America and Israel, EY member firms plan to recruit nearly 13,000 students in FY15, up from about 10,500 in the prior year.

“At EY, we are constantly recruiting emerging talent that can bring their diverse experiences, backgrounds and accomplishments to our global teams and help us deliver exceptional client service,” said Dan Black, EY Americas Recruiting Leader. “This recognition also sheds light on how our EY campus recruiting team educates students about our organization, how they fit into our overall success and how they can join us in fulfilling our purpose of building a better working world.”

EY firms offer many programs and initiatives that contribute to its leading reputation on campus for developing top talent. Most recently, EY created a Sourcing Advisor role to focus on students early in their academic careers. Through this initiative, EY gets a thorough understanding of students’ interests and professional goals, and ultimately helps them learn about the different career paths available within the organization. A dedicated group of recruiters then matches students with the roles and locations that best complement their overall interests and skill sets, ensuring an exceptional career experience. Additional EY recruiting programs include: – EY’s digital property,, brings the EY experience to life through informative infographics, vivid photography, dozens of videos and more. The site offers recruits vignettes on EY’s culture, its global reach and opportunities, its career development framework and its corporate responsibility initiatives, including international corporate volunteerism programs. It also provides an interactive exercise that shows career paths by major and areas of interest so visitors can find the right role for themselves and picture themselves working at EY. Additionally, it supports the recruiting process by detailing what characteristics EY looks for in candidates.

Global Student Experience – Launched in 2011, this EY internship program offers overseas assignments for high-performing interns. Participants start their internship in the US and spend four weeks abroad at another EY member firm location within the organization’s global network, before returning to the US to complete their experience. Participants include both US students going abroad and international students coming to the US. In 2014, the program included more than 70 participants and 12 host countries (Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, UK and the US). For 2015, the program will grow to approximately 80 participants. 

Emerging Leaders Summit (ELS) – This two-and-a-half day summit will be held June 17-19, 2015, in Washington, D.C., convening 275 students from across the Americas for presentations and workshops on a variety of topics as well as interactive case studies. The conference is hosted for students in their freshmen to junior years who have demonstrated leadership potential both academically and personally. Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY Global Vice Chair – Public Policy, is scheduled to speak, in addition to other senior organizational leaders.

International Intern Leadership Conference – EY will host its signature International Intern Leadership Conference for the 19th consecutive year July 28-Aug. 1, 2015, in Orlando. This year the organization expects 3,600 interns to participate from 25 different countries, up from 2,900 students last year. Interns participate in classroom learning, team building and experiential activities, and hear from senior EY leaders.

Global New Horizons Program – The Global New Horizons Program is a three-month international rotation opportunity for professionals early in their careers. Its goal is to empower junior professionals to experience geographic mobility early in their careers and expand their global mindset. The Americas program links people so that they can team internationally on high-profile clients and/or contribute to emerging markets. The number of participants has tripled since the program's inception in 2011. Starting in May 2015, 67 participants are relocating to or from EY firms in the Americas representing 21 different participating countries from around the world: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, US and Venezuela.

Lastly, in addition to this recognition from Universum, Ernst & Young LLP was recently named the winner of the Best College Recruiting Program category for the 2015 ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards. For more information about other EY awards, visit:

About Universum
Universum is the global leader in employer branding, providing end-to-end solutions that empower organizations to become better at attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent. Founded in 1988, Universum’s mission is to create the best match between employers and potential employees by providing knowledge, guidance and actionable insights. The company gathers and analyzes insights about the career expectations of 700,000 students and young professionals annually in more than 30 countries, and serves as a trusted partner to 1,200 clients globally, including many Fortune 500 companies. With its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Universum is a privately held company with offices in 12 countries.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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