Griffith students work to secure future in finance

Griffith Interns Connor Beckett and Emily Edmonds (right) with Luke Manning, KPMG Head of Markets (QLD) at the Brisbane KPMG Offices.
Griffith Interns Connor Beckett and Emily Edmonds (right) with Luke Manning, KPMG Head of Markets (QLD) at the Brisbane KPMG Offices.

Griffith University students have gained the experience of a lifetime working at KPMG Australia, one of theworld’s largest and most respected professional services firms.

The two students joined the KPMG team in Brisbane through Griffith University’s unique internship program, made possible by Griffith’s Official Partnership with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Bachelor of Commerce student Connor Beckett was thrilled to be selected as one of the students to undertake an internship with KPMG.

“I was really excited to begin the internship with KPMG. This is such a unique opportunity and I am so grateful for it. I look forward to each day I get to spend in the office and am gaining amazing experience I’ll be able to use in the future,” Connor said.

Gold Coast local Emily Edmunds is hopeful the internship with KPMG will help her achieve her ultimate goal — to work in KPMG’s New York office.

“The internship is so beneficial, not just in work experience. It also allows you to start building your professional networks and learn from the advice and experience of the people you are working with. You can start to set your career goals and build a plan of how to get there,” Emily said.

The students have enjoyed working in the growing Audit division of KPMG, an area with some of the world’s biggest companies as clients.

KPMG’s Head of Markets in Queensland, Luke Manning, remarked on how beneficial the internships are for the students, the University and KPMG.

“KPMG was pleased to have the two Griffith University students undertake internships within our Audit practice. Not only does the initiative give us foresight into potential candidates for graduate recruitment, but it also strengthens the relationship between our two organisations. KPMG and Griffith University are now engaging on many levels and there are clear synergies between us given we both have a significant presence on the Gold Coast and we are both proud sponsors of GC2018. We look forward to continuing to expand these areas of engagement with Griffith University as well as taking more interns in the future” Mr Manning said.

Pro Vice Chancellor of Business, Professor David Grant is delighted that students are able to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities, which will set them apart when entering the workforce.

Griffith Business School places a great deal of emphasis on providing students such as Emily and Connor with internship opportunities at partners of the stature of KPMG. Doing so is essential preparation for entering the workforce once they have graduated and enables them to develop the work-related skills and experience attractive to future employers,” Professor Grant said.