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  • Date: 9/24/2014

Life of a KPMG Summer Intern Series- Toronto 

My name is Haya Asim and I am a Bachelor of Commerce student at University of Toronto, Mississauga. This is my first summer working as an intern in KPMG LLP's Toronto office and it has been a truly amazing experience.

This summer, I got the chance to participate in KPMG’s unique Summer Intern Rotational Program where I spent half of my summer in the Financial Institutions practice in audit and the other half in the US Corporate Tax practice (non-audit). Each of these distinct practices allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills while working with a wide range of clients.  


Working on one of the largest Canadian banks in my audit rotation gave me the opportunity to develop my analytical skills and showed me a glimpse of KPMG’s client service excellence. A couple of weeks into the rotation, I had already started attending client meetings and requesting samples for testing purposes. My typical day consisted of independently creating working papers for the client’s control testing, attending walkthroughs at client sites and updating my seniors with the work status.


Working in the heart of Toronto during my audit rotation was a great way to connect with people after work. Whether it was our team coffee breaks or evening Frisbee practices, I was able to catch up with other team members and interns easily.


During my non-audit rotation in the US Corporate Tax practice, I got the opportunity to focus on many different global tax issues. I had some direct client interaction and saw myself engaging with the entire US Tax department in the office. I filed tax returns for numerous US based entities and enjoyed memorizing the 50 US states!


As part of the Summer Internship program, I had a peer mentor for each of my rotations who had extensive work experience in the respective industry. My peer mentors coached me to expand my knowledge and build my professional network within the firm. 


Working in these diverse practices gave me a taste of KPMG’s culture and client environments. Both functions were fast-paced, intellectually demanding and gave me a chance to broaden my skill set. KPMG’s internship program was truly a unique experience and I look forward to exploring more functions once I graduate!


Haya Asim
Haya Asim @ KPMG