Future Diversity Leaders Program

Application

Please print the following and submit it to KPMG directly: FDL Student Application

Objective

The objective of the Future Diversity Leaders program (FDL) is to identify 50 freshmen annually to participate in a three to four year scholarship program that focuses on leadership and includes internships at KPMG LLP. These students would be enrolled in or have intentions of being enrolled in the business school of their university, with the expectation that they would choose an accounting, finance, IT or other business major that would align with KPMG’s multiple practices and disciplines.

Students from Premier Schools and the Diversity 20 would be identified and sponsored by a professor from the student’s respective business school. KPMG’s Campus Recruiting team would review the nominations and select 50 students. The sponsoring professors for these students would serve as their mentors during their participation in the FDL program. If there are more qualified students than we can accommodate, they would be evaluated for other KPMG programs such as Discover KPMG or Fast Forward.

Criteria for Consideration
  • Freshman enrolled in a business school or with the intention of enrolling in the business school.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.5 after their first full semester in school. (In the first year of the program, strong sophomore business candidates, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, may also be considered.)
  • Students who were active members of diversity organizations or affinity networks in high school and who are currently active members of diversity organizations or affinity networks.
  • Students who are active in campus or community activities, such as honor societies, accounting or other academic clubs, service organizations, student government, or other types of organizations at the university or in the community.
  • Students who are not participating in other diversity internship programs.
Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted to KPMG by the professor who will serve as the student’s program sponsor.

Note - A KPMG recruiter may also connect a student with a professor at his/her school. The professor would then determine whether or not to submit a nomination form for the student, and if so, would serve as the student’s program sponsor should the student be selected for the program.

Selection Process
  • KPMG will review all nomination and application forms.
  • Should the nomination and application be approved, KPMG will schedule a candidate interview. The interview would consider academic success, communication skills, ability to work as part of a team, and leadership skills.
  • Participation in the program will be determined through equal consideration of the interview, candidate’s written essay and the professor recommendation.
  • Students working to pay for education and their educational examination scores (SAT, ACT, etc.) may be considered as part of the overall application.
Role of Professor Sponsor and KPMG Mentor
  • KPMG will review our list of faculty relationships at the Premier Schools and the Diversity 20 to select professors to invite to serve as participant sponsors in the program.
  • Once the professors are selected and agree to participate, we will provide them with the nomination forms to use to identify which students to nominate.
  • The professor sponsor and the KPMG mentor will provide mentoring and counseling to the student(s) as they progress in the program. The professor and KPMG mentors should meet independently with the students at least twice per semester (once per quarter) to discuss development topics such as: goal setting, how to get involved in leadership roles at their schools, time management skills, etc.
  • KPMG will reimburse the professor for meal costs (up to an amount to be determined) incurred while meeting with the students each year.
  • The professor sponsor and KPMG mentor will provide feedback to the KPMG recruiting team at the end of each semester/quarter on the progress and overall strengths and areas of skills development needed providing the opportunity to offer training or mentoring in this area.
Four Year Degree
Year Program Activities Assessment Conditions to Progress to next step Award
Summer prior to Sophomore year Two-Day leadership Program - modeled after Fast Forward Program providing insights into leadership styles, teamwork, and exposure to KPMG Local Office Interview
  • Successful completion of two-day leadership program
  • Continued academic success
  • Local Office Interview
  • $1,000 Scholarship (limited to tuition and books only)
  • Offer for Trainee Internship
Summer prior to Junior Year Trainee Internship - 8 to 10 week paid internship at KPMG office, rotating around various business areas, including shadowing a team within their top 3 practice choices Standard Performance Management process using Dialogue forms
  • Successful completion of Trainee Internship Program
  • Continued academic success
  • $3,000 Scholarship (limited to tuition and books only)
  • Offer for Practice Internship
Summer prior to Senior Year Practice Internship – 8 to 10 week summer or winter paid internship with the KPMG practice/discipline aligning to major Standard Performance Management process using Dialogue forms
  • Successful completion of Practice Internship
  • Continued academic success
Full-time offer with a market-based compensation package
Five Year Degree
Year Program Activities Assessment Conditions to Progress to next step Award
Summer prior to Sophomore year Two-Day leadership Program - modeled after Fast Forward Program providing insights into leadership styles, teamwork, and exposure to KPMG Local Office Interview
  • Successful completion of two-day leadership program
  • Continued academic success
  • Local Office Interview
  • $1,000 Scholarship (limited to tuition and books only)
  • Offer for Trainee Internship
Summer prior to Junior Year Trainee Internship - 8 to 10 week paid internship at KPMG office, rotating around various business areas, including shadowing a team within their top 3 practice choices Standard Performance Management process using Dialogue forms
  • Successful completion of Trainee Internship Program
  • Continued academic success
  • $2,000 Scholarship (limited to tuition and books only)
  • Offer additional Trainee Internship
Summer prior to Senior Year Trainee Internship - 8 to 10 week paid internship at KPMG office, rotating around various business areas, including shadowing a team within their top 3 practice choices Standard Performance Management process using Dialogue forms
  • Successful completion of Practice Internship
  • Continued academic success
  • $3,000 Scholarship (limited to tuition and books only)
  • Offer for Practice Internship
Summer prior to 5th Year Practice Internship – 8 to 10 week summer or winter paid internship with the KPMG practice/discipline aligning to major Standard Performance Management process using Dialogue forms
  • Successful completion of Practice Internship
  • Continued academic success
Full-time offer with a market-based compensation package
Benefits
  • Advance KPMG’s diversity programs and linkage to faculty who were impacted by the PhD project or other diversity programs of KPMG or its Foundation
  • Provide robust leadership and professional development experience to students
  • Provide professors opportunity to directly sponsor and mentor students in building a platform to launch their professional careers