Five-year MBA Students Selected by KPMG for Leadership Program
When it comes to accounting, Hampton students continue to lead. Brittany Henry, Edwin Jones and Jason Moore were chosen by KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, for their Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) Program. The program is a part of KPMG’s focus to encourage diversity in accounting.
The sophomore five-year MBA majors were selected along with 47 other students to join the FDL program. Students came from a number of different colleges and universities across the country. HU’s three students represented the largest amount of students chosen from any one university.
FDL began this summer with a three-day trip to Hollywood, Calif. Students enjoyed leadership seminars, networking and team building activities. To culminate the three-day trip, students were treated to a back stage, personalized tour of Universal Studios, a client of KPMG.
Jones initially heard about FDL from a teacher who posted the information on Blackboard. He turned in his application in hopes that he would be selected.
“I really didn’t think I would get it, but I took the chance,” Jones stated. “I honestly was not looking into accounting at all, but I saw the internship opportunity.” He has changed his concentration to accounting since joining the FDL Program.
The program intrigued Henry because it was offered to freshman. “As a freshman business major you are still taking general education courses, the program was one of the few internship options open to freshman,” said Henry, who has attended many leadership conferences before. “I enjoyed the trip, it was a different approach to leadership training.”
Since returning from Hollywood, Moore has decided not to participate in FDL. However, Henry and Jones are excited about continuing on with FDL. Both recalled that the recruiters, one a HU alumna, were extremely welcoming and made them feel like KPMG was a perfect fit.
Dia Harris, a recruiter with KPMG, recruits HU students. “Each year we typically hire five to 10 Hampton students for full time positions and internships,” said Harris.
The FDL Program includes scholarships, internships and the possible opportunity to join the KPMG family. The initial scholarship of $1,000, is followed by scholarships that will increase annually as the students continue to participate in the FDL program.
Students select the home office they would like to intern with during the summer. The final summer internship will give students an opportunity to work with actual clients and receive direction from advisors and KPMG professionals. Henry, who has chosen to intern in Atlanta, will visit the office this fall, one step closer to becoming a part of the KPMG family.