Internship Spotlight – Jeremeiah Whiteside, KPMG

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Jeremeiah is a Finance major graduating in May of 2019. This summer he worked as a Corporate Management Intern for KPMG LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. 

What was a typical day like?

KPMG is very strict on making sure interns enjoy their summers before starting work full-time. I typically work 9-5, with a hard stop at 5pm. In the morning, I checked my emails before beginning the task assigned by the senior associate on the engagement. As an advisory intern, my daily tasks usually included populating workbooks for the SOX control testing my team was working on. Although we worked through lunch most days, we often took team breaks throughout the day. At 4:45, I would wrap up what I was working on, send any remaining emails from the day, and send a summary email to the senior.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part of the summer was attending Future Diversity Leaders Conference (FDL). We had many discussions about what diversity means and how to use it in our roles. I made many new friends from different states while spending half a week in Hollywood!

What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship?

I would tell other students looking to work for a Big 4 firm to start early! Typically the Big 4 firms recruit about 1 year in advance.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship?

My first semester Eller taught me how to work with a team effectively. Since my role was project-based, I often worked in a group setting. Being comfortable in a team environment made it easier for me to learn the more technical skills from everyone in the group.