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  • Date: 9/24/2014

Life of a KPMG Summer Intern Series- Kelowna 

My name is Amanda Wright and I am a Bachelor of Business student at Okanagan College. This is my first summer working as an intern in KPMG LLP's Kelowna office and I will be returning in the fall of 2015 to start the CPA process and begin articling.

My summer internship has allowed me to gain a clear understanding of how my career in public practice could look. I have had the opportunity to discuss and experience the various career paths and have enjoyed many conversations with Partners, Managers, and fellow students about training, mentorship, and a career with KPMG.

 

Working in public practice was an eye opening journey – the work was both challenging and rewarding. I am grateful to have experienced some of the exceptional online training provided by KPMG over the summer. I also learned about the face-to-face training and mentorship available, not only while completing the CPA process, but continuing on throughout one’s career. The firm offers an abundance of online resources to keep their employees up-to-date with local and global changes.

 

Before starting my summer internship, I already had a good understanding of KPMG’s commitment to community involvement. I was able to experience this commitment first hand with the office supporting my position as Volunteer Coordinator on the Organising Committee for Motionball Kelowna. My Performance Manager was very supportive in allowing me to take time to plan for the event and attend bi-weekly meetings. It was also great to see the office contributing to the $61,000 raised in Kelowna this year.

 

As a global organization, KPMG provides its employees the opportunity to travel both locally and internationally. During the summer, one of my team members had the opportunity to work from the Toronto office, and employees frequently travel out of town to perform audits. It was great to hear that when travelling for audits, employees have the opportunity to explore the cities that our clients are located. As an example, my Performance Manager began her career with KPMG in the Kelowna office and when she completed her CA she went on a two year secondment in the Cayman Islands! She is now back in Kelowna and continues to grow her career with KPMG. Through our conversations, I learned that her time away fast tracked her learning and it was an invaluable opportunity to be presented with new client scenarios.

 

There were many aspects that encouraged me to apply for a summer internship with KPMG. Now that I’ve completed my internship, I am happy to report that there are many more great perks, opportunities, and experiences to be had with KPMG. One day, I am hoping I will end up joining the ranks of the “KPMG for Life” alumni.

 

Amanda Wright

 
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