Internship Spotlight – Donovan Ball, KPMG

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Donovan Ball is an Accounting major and will be graduating in December of 2019.  This summer he interned for KPMG as the Advisory Intern in Phoenix, Arizona.

How did you get this internship? As a pre-business student, I formed a relationship with Nancy Meech (Accounting Career Coach). After I was notified, I was admitted to Eller, and I had to identify what Accounting career path I wanted to embark on (I.e., Public, Industry, etc.). With the help of Nancy, I identified the public route was most in line with my goals. Around this time, it was time to apply for winter externships. I was afforded the opportunity to extern with KPMG over the winter. This externship allowed me to build rapport with the team and gain essential insight into the company culture. A few months later it was time to interview for internships. Since I had already participated in the winter externship it gave me a head start over my fellow counterparts. During the interview, I was able to make reference to the externship which ultimately allowed for a strong interview resulting in me getting an offer.

What was a typical day like? The typical day was a joy. The firm does a thing called Team of Choice meaning that you (and the team you work with) has a say so if you are placed on that engagement team. Throughout my internship, I found that each team has a different working style. Ex) Some teams prefer to come early and leave early while other teams prefer to get some extra sleep and leave later in the day. Since you get a voice on which engagement team you work on most people myself included found themselves in a very comfortable environment making the working day fun.

What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of the experience was being exposed to something new that I have never heard of every single day. This kept each day fresh and allowed me to broaden my knowledge. Additionally, as an intern, you get to rotate onto multiple engagement teams throughout your stent. This allows you to truly be exposed to the company culture which I enjoyed greatly. Lastly, the intern trainings are a BLAST – you get to meet so many different people from all different walks of life from all over the US. After completing this internship my network has expanded vastly which I consider a valuable asset to one’s growth.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? If you are looking for a similar internship I would suggest the following things:

First, establish a strong relationship with your career coach. They will be essential to your success by helping you identify opportunities that are best fit for you.

Second, discuss your failures and what they thought you when given the opportunity. Now that I am a Campus Ambassador assisting in recruiting I know what qualities we are seeking. We want someone that knows what failure looks like, and someone we can work with 10+ hours a day that will carry their own weight.

Lastly, when talking with professionals from your firm of interest come off as energetic, engaged, positive, and well rounded. Every interview is you interviewing the firm just as much as they are interviewing you, so be sure to ask any and all questions (this shows engagement). Also, be yourself no matter what! This will help you identify a good fit!

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided transportation assistance.