By Dylan Scott, James Sowa and Samantha Schwartz
As the summer internship season comes to an end, we celebrate the contributions our interns have made to the firm. Below we spotlight five interns, representing various locations and areas of our business, who share what they will take away from their time at KPMG.
Rachel Touma (Business Tax Services – Short Hills, NJ)
Touma is a rising senior at Villanova University studying accounting and is a second-year intern with KPMG. She works in Business Tax Services and aspires to get a master’s in tax accounting after she sits for her CPA exam next spring. Although it’s her second time at the firm, Touma continues to be surprised at “the level of autonomy, trust and freedom given at the intern level.” The KPMG internship experience has helped her make key decisions about her education and career goals.
Steven Williams Jr. (Advisory Marketing – Montvale, NJ)
Steven Williams Jr. is a rising senior at Hampton University majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Marketing. He was pleasantly surprised by the close-knit culture of a big office like KPMG Montvale. Williams says the highlight of his summer was being able to network in KPMG’s friendly work environment. Through National Intern Training, the Montvale Summer Classic and various other networking events, Williams has been exposed to a wide array of KPMG professionals, who opened his mind to a career in finance and technology.
Emily Brinkmann (Internal Audit – Portland, OR)
Originally from Norway, Brinkmann had an early interest in the firm’s global scale and breadth of opportunities. After taking part in the Global Advantage program, a three-day training for future KPMG professionals in Amsterdam, she has yet to look back. Brinkmann is a student at the University of Montana studying Accounting and Management Information Systems. This summer she was an intern in the Internal Audit Enterprise Risk department.
Among the positive interactions she’s had on her engagements and volunteer work with fellow interns, access to KPMG leadership is what really stands out to her. Brinkmann recalls grabbing coffee with Karissa Cornell, the director of National Student Programs and Campus Recruiting Innovation: “She offered me advice both professionally and personally, and it really meant a lot. I appreciated her taking the time to connect with me.”
Kayla Campbell (Tax & Data Analytics – Cincinnati, OH)
Kayla Campbell, an intern in our Cincinnati office, has a double major in Accounting and Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies as well as a minor in African & African American Studies. Hailing from The Ohio State University, Campbell is overjoyed with the work she’s accomplished at KPMG this summer as a rotational Tax and Data Analytics intern. The program granted her the opportunity to spend time working in the Denver Ignition Center alongside the Tax Ignition team, and Campbell could not help but boast about the strides KPMG is making to innovate the tax profession within and outside KPMG.
Ultimately, the most surprising aspect of her internship is “realizing how connected everything really is.” Having the opportunity to work in both the Denver and Cincinnati offices has allowed Campbell to not only create an impact, but also visualize the collaboration within KPMG.
Tucker Leneve (Audit – Portland, OR)
A Portland native, Tucker Leneve studies Accounting at the University of Oregon. This summer, he’s returned home to intern in Portland’s Audit practice. Reflecting on his experience with KPMG, Laneve highlights how impactful relationships have been on his professional development. From expanding his network to praising the firm’s transition buddy program, Leneve says, “I made a lot of important connections that I will carry forward throughout my career. KPMG’s culture made it easy for me to expand my network and meet professionals who are always willing to help.”
Leneve is also pleased with how much he’s been able to travel throughout his experience with KPMG. Highlighting National Intern Training, and an upcoming trip to Seattle, he is “ready to serve clients and see the world while doing it.”
Dylan Scott, James Sowa and Samantha Schwartz were interns this summer in KPMG's Corporate Communications department.