The Perfect Summer Job: KPMG’s Summer Internship Program


In today’s workforce, employers are looking for more than just a degree. While it puts you on the map as a job candidate, it can leave you faceless in a sea of undergraduate students.

In order to stand apart from the crowd, it has become increasingly important to gain meaningful experience by getting your foot in the door with a company early on.

KPMG is one place where you can do this—through the highly regarded Summer Intern Program.

An internship with KPMG truly speaks for itself. Rising above the common intern stereotype of grabbing the boss a coffee, the program has been designed to provide an invaluable learning experience for second and third year university students looking to break into the world of accounting.

KPMG ultimately aims to attract and develop top talent in the hopes of eventually hiring them on full time. The firm is committed to ensuring that you are a valuable and contributing member of the team, providing endless opportunities for personal development as well as the chance to build relationships with clients and co-workers who will help shape the rest of your professional life.

With a chance to work in at least two of the four service areas that KPMG provides—Audit, Tax, Advisory, and KPMG EnterpriseTM—there is no such thing as “a typical day at the office.”

As a summer intern, you could be involved in a number of different activities, including working on a client engagement, planning for upcoming assignments, attending a training course, or participating in local social or charitable events. When it comes to servicing clients, your responsibilities are similar to those of a first year staff accountant; you will be allocated your own assignments to complete and will be accountable for the quality of your work.

An ongoing learning process facilitated by your personal performance manager, coupled with meaningful first-hand experience on the job, are two elements of KPMG’s summer internship that make it a truly unique and worthwhile program.

A heavy emphasis on social interaction is key to the success of the firm’s summer intern experience, encouraging you to build relationships with fellow interns and top professionals in the industry. Your network will become an important resource for you both professionally and personally as you grow your career. From intern training and office socials, to after-work gatherings, sports teams, and a volunteer day, the opportunities to build your network are endless.

Unique to KPMG’s intern program are the “Summer Intern Challenges,” through which students get to know each other while developing critical job skills; the National Boardroom Skills Competition (NBSC) is a favourite. Students are given a case that they must develop a creative resolution to, and then present their idea to KPMG’s National Leadership Team.

This past summer, interns were faced with the challenge of developing recruitment strategies for attracting students and new graduates to KPMG. At the local level, teams compete to represent their local office or region at the national finals held in Toronto. At the NBSC, interns from across the country square off in front of senior leaders of the firm with their ideas and take part in other team building and networking activities for the day.

The NBSC is one of many fun and interactive summer intern experiences at KPMG, connecting you to other students and firm employees at all levels. By the end of the summer, not only will you have developed new friends, but you will have paved your way towards a career with the firm.

To learn more about hatching your accounting career with KPMG, check out their employer profile on TalentEgg or visit KPMG’s campus recruitment website.


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About the author

Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.