KPMG provided us with buddies during our time at the office, and they were very helpful in terms of answering any of our questions. This made the experience more enjoyable and I felt more at ease quickly because of this experience. They also invited us to any company socials that were going on which made us feel very welcome.
Our input was always valued, despite our low level of experience, and I was frequently asked how I thought would be a good way to solve challenges we came across during our work. We were always included in any company events and made to feel like we were part of the company, despite having only been working there a few weeks.
My in charge was great at explaining audit related topics that I didn’t know much about coming into the programme, and if I was ever assigned work I hadn’t done before, the steps were explained very clearly, and colleagues were always very happy to answer questions if I was confused.
As I study accounting and finance, this internship and what I have learned during the four weeks, will be invaluable going into my final year and studying audit. The practical experience in the field will make it much easier for me to understand the concepts underpinning the work I have completed.
Having the first day in the Manchester office helped us become familiar with the other interns, not just in our office, but around the country. We were quickly integrated onto jobs in our first week, and it was nice getting experience on a few different audit jobs during my time, but also spending most of my time on one client helped me gain a deeper understanding of the industry.
Sometimes work could be a little hard to come by towards the end of the audit, as most work was too advanced for the interns to complete. However, whether we were in the office or on site, I had a really good time getting a feel for what a job in audit would actually involve on a day to day basis.
They gave us a lot of training before we started any work - in areas such as ethics and how to conduct ourselves professionally while visiting a client. They made sure we were treated as if we were full time employees and invested in us accordingly, in terms of time, and training.
We felt like full time employees and were quickly integrated into the firm. We got to take on important and valued work during our time there and definitely got a feel for what a full time position with the firm would involve. I think this made us more invested in the firm and would make us more comfortable in looking into graduate jobs.
Especially at company socials, I got a good feel for the culture of the company and the attitudes of the people that worked there. We always felt like valued members of the company and everyone at the firm was so welcoming, giving us a positive first impression of the firm.
This internship has definitely made me more sure of the career I would like to pursue after finishing my degree. After the four weeks I think you know whether or not audit is a career for you and so it was a very valuable experience in helping decide where to go after graduation.
Kpmg were always generous in their payment and made sure we knew how to correctly claim all our expenses. They also took us out for lunch at the end of the four weeks to celebrate our hard work which I think was very kind of them. The way which we were reimbursed made us feel more valued.
At socials, I met many employees of the firm from the department, and had a good time socialising with colleagues I wouldn’t have ordinarily met during working times. Everyone was very friendly and we always had a good time when we went out with the firm for drinks or meals.
As mentioned in my previous responses, we were always invited along to all of the social events going on in the department. These included attending a cricket match, going out for drinks with colleagues, and being taken out for lunch by our bosses. Always had a great evening out with everyone.
During our time there was a walk round the Yorkshire dales to raise money for charity, and I spoke with other people at work with the ways in which kpmg support their charitable causes in the course of their employment. We also learned about the ways in which employees are encouraged to take days to contribute to their local community.
I would recommend this internship to anyone looking to gain practical experience in auditing before completing their final year at university, or anyone who is wondering if this career is something they would be interested in pursuing. It is definitely an amazing and rewarding experience to take part in over the summer.