Alissa Deutsch: KPMG LLP

What has she been doing?
Alissa Deutsch, a junior accounting major, spent spring semester as an Audit Intern in the Des Moines office of KPMG.  KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, advisory, and tax services.  During her internship, Alissa acted just as an audit associate would, serving on an engagement team for six clients.  At the end of her internship, Alissa was fortunate enough to receive a job offer beginning after her graduation from Simpson College.

What strengths did she gain within the position?
Alissa brought a positive attitude to her internship each day, which she found to be important as there were many busy times during the spring season.  She also learned the importance of building strong client relationships and had the opportunity to strengthen her teamwork skills.

What did her supervisor have to say about her work?
Jeff Jacobs, Manager and Auditor for KMPG LLP in Des Moines, said, “Alissa was an integral part of several audit engagement teams this spring.  Her positive attitude and strong work ethic definitely contributed to the success of those teams and their ability to meet client deadlines.  We are looking forward to Alissa’s return to KPMG in the Fall of 2014.”

How did she find out about this internship?
Alissa was referred to the internship by both a former KPMG intern and Assistant Professor Shane Cox.  Assistant Professor Cox was an Audit Associate II with KPMG between 2005 and 2007.  To learn more about KPMG internships, please visit

What advice did her supervisor give for future interns?
Jacobs recommended, “Discuss potential internship opportunities with the accounting professors at Simpson to leverage the connections that they have with potential employers.  Also – take advantage of the opportunities that the ICoRN program offers.  There will be many more chances to interact with larger firms that might not always recruit students directly on campus through the ICoRN events.  Lastly, I always encourage students to seek out opportunities to build their networks and interact with potential employers early on in their careers.  In my mind, it’s never too early to be thinking about your longer term plans and how to best position yourself for a future internship or career, especially if it happens to be in public accounting.”

Why does she think internships are important?
Alissa shared, “I feel it is important for Simpson students to have an internship to be able to apply the things they have learned in classes and be able to network with future employers.”

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