What is the Leading Women programme?

If you're in your penultimate year at university, have an interest or experience in leadership and want to get ahead in your career - our Leading Women programme could be right for you. It’s one week of paid work experience within one of our service line teams (Assurance, Tax or Transactions) across the UK. You'll be shadowing inspirational senior women within our business and supporting on real client work. You’ll hear about what we’re doing to promote gender equality in our industry and within EY and you'll hear about the career opportunities available to you with us. At the end of your placement, you’ll get personalised career counselling to help you decide where you want to go and how we can help you get there.

Applications to this programme are now open in the following locations: 

Assurance: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Manchester

Tax: Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Luton, Manchester and Reading 

Transactions: Applications are now closed

Are you eligible to apply?

Our 2020 programme will run for one week starting, Monday 15 June 2020. You must be in your penultimate year at university, have an interest and are able to demonstrate your leadership strengths and be available for the programme start date on, Monday 15 June. You’ll also need to have a minimum of Level 2/GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language & Maths, and three A-levels, 5 Highers or equivalent.

Explore our programmes


To make good decisions, people need to know they can trust the information companies share. Could you help bring rigour to our clients’ accounting processes? This programme is available in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Manchester.


To fund things like schools and hospitals, societies depend on companies paying the right amount of tax. Could you help our clients stay on top of ever-changing rules? Applications to this programme will open later this year. Please register your interest for further updates.


Help companies shape the future of their business as you plan and manage deals, complex risks and opportunities that are created by major transactions. This programme is available in London.

What's the experience like?

Want to know what it's like to take part in the EY Leading Women programme? We asked students from last year's programme to share their views.

I found the culture at EY to be very welcoming and inclusive

- Charlotte

It felt incredible to be able to work within such a large organisation and I would definitely recommend work experience at EY to other students

- Georgia

You hit the ground running from day one and are given the opportunity to get really involved

- Rassrcah

I learnt so much over a week that will be invaluable towards my future career ideas

- Katy


How to apply

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Is EY right for you?

People from all backgrounds are welcome at EY, but are we a good match for each other? Find out with our EY & You quiz.

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Compare our programmes

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Find the right role for you

Interested in EY, but not sure which area to apply for? Our EY Pathfinder quiz can help by matching your strengths to our service lines.

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