Internship Spotlight – Ziah Patrick, KPMG

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Ziah Patrick is an Accounting major set to graduate in May of 2021.  This summer Ziah interned for KPMG as an Audit Intern in Tempe, Arizona.

What was a typical day like?

I arrived at the client site everyday by 9 am. The first 20 minutes of the day were dedicated to replying to emails, filling in my calendar, and sending calendar invites for my mentor meetings. After that, my Senior In-Charge gave me tasks to work on within the audit file (typically completion and testwork) and I would work on that until noon. At noon my team of 8 had our lunch in the client Cafeteria but 1-2 days per week I went out to lunch with either a Senior Associate or Manager in the firm. After lunch, I would come back and continue my work or help others with anything they needed. I left around 5-6:30 each day.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part of the experience was Embark National Conference that the firm held in Scottsdale, Arizona. I met so many motivated, underrepresented young professionals and created a strong support network from the people I met. The hotel we stayed at was absolutely gorgeous and all of the Embark interns went on a hike to a nearby mountain. I got to hear from great leaders within the firm and network with the managers and associates that led out breakout sessions.

What did you find most challenging about your internship?

I found my lack of knowledge challenging during my internship. I got this internship my second semester of Sophomore year so the only Accounting classes I had under my belt were ACCT 200 and 210. Going into the internship, I felt like I would be at the bottom of my class but I quickly found out that by seeking information on my own and by asking good questions, I could get the information I needed to do my job well.

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

Start early! A lot of Accounting firms have great pipeline programs that benefit you if you start talking to firms early on. I encourage other students to go to events like Career Showcase and Meet the Firms to make those connections but then make the effort to keep those connections strong by going to events that the firms attend on campus like office hours and case competitions.

Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience?

It was everything I could ever want it to be!