EY Trajectory Program

EY is at it again. They have found yet another avenue to engage students and add to their knowledge and expertise. The firm previously created two programs for accounting students: the EY Business Communication Class, and the LEAD diversity program. This spring they introduced a program for undergraduate students interested in information technology: the EY Trajectory course.

Jena Burgess, the lead recruiter for EY at UAlbany, said, “University at Albany is a priority school for our organization. Historically Albany has provided us with great students. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Before the start of the program, UAlbany Campus Coordinating Partners Evan Maltese ’90 and Danielle Smolen ’94 met semi-annually with Dean Don Siegel, Assistant Dean John Levato, and others who toldt hem that they wanted students to gain more real world skills to make students marketable. Jason Ellsworth ’05, Senior Manager said, “The trajectory program gives students the opportunity to get experience and understand what it means to work in IT advisory, the teamwork and problem solving that is involved.”

Sophomores work as a team on an IT focused project, completing phases in research, development and implementation. The three credit class is taught by Associate,Professor Sanjay Goel, the Chair of the Information Technology Department. A weekly conference call with EY professionals completes the experience. Dr. Goel noted that because the students are working with professionals in the field and want to emulate them, they are motivated to do their best.

A team of Ernst & Young professionals, most of whom are UAlbany alumni, mentor the group. Akiem Rose ’09, ’12 is the first point of contact for students. Lara Frankoski ’10, Calvin Chan ’08, and Laura Boccio ’08, ’10 served as facilitators for the first round. The program is overseen by Ellsworth, and Partners Evan Maltese, Tim Purtell, and Ed Daswani.

The semester culminated in a final presentation to EY senior management at their New York City offices. The students received real time feedback regarding their presentation and project. According to Ellsworth, the students were extremely well prepared and the panelists were impressed with their “overall executive presence.”

Cloud computing was the topic for the first class. Social media will be the focus of the class this fall. The program has already planned an expansion-two trajectory classes are scheduled for the spring 2014 semester.