From 2016 through 2018, Ayco was the area leader employing a total of 273 interns. In 2018 alone, Ayco hired 97 interns for its offices in Latham, Albany and Saratoga.
“Diversity in our workforce is a business imperative and critical to the success of our internship program,” said Tara Brettholtz, Director of Talent & Diversity in Human Capital Management (HCM). “A diverse client population presents unique financial planning needs, and it’s important that our employee population mirrors our client population to be able to meet those needs.”
To find top talent, Ayco seeks candidates with a wide-range of majors and backgrounds beyond finance or economics based on the belief that diversity of thought surfaces creative solutions to complex problems.
In addition to a broad range of majors and backgrounds, Ayco builds its internship program from schools across the country. Over the last year, Ayco conducted over 70 campus visits through a Recruiting Ambassador program. Universities interested in bringing an ambassador to their campus can contact Ayco’s HCM department.
“Professional training and development is something that is very important to me, and I was pleased to find that it is indeed a staple here at Ayco,” said Katje Thompson, an intern in the National Tax Group who will be transitioning to a full-time roll in June. “My team has been unbelievably supportive in teaching me and helping to build my base knowledge. They are all so approachable, that I really feel comfortable going to them to ask for their expertise.”
Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience through a training program that provides exposure across the company and insight into what it takes to build a successful career. Interns also get the chance to network with many of the company’s leaders.
“It is important to make the most out of your internship as you never know what doors it can open for your future,” said Jillian Rosamino, a Senior Analyst with HCM. “As a former intern it is encouraging to see the focus and continued growth of the internship program at the firm.”
As part of Ayco’s dedication to give back to the community, interns participate in Community TeamWorks (CTW) projects. In New York’s Capital Region, interns participate in a dedicated CTW project every summer.
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