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Embark Scholars program


Embark Scholars is a multi-year internship program that helps develop high-performing students of color into the KPMG leaders of tomorrow.

If accepted to the program, you will have the opportunity to complete more than one internship and benefit from KPMG’s industry-leading technical and professional development training. You will also have access to additional KPMG resources that will arm you with what is needed to succeed in the competitive world of professional services.

Program timeline

Embark Scholars Exploratory Year

The Exploratory year consists of an eight-week internship featuring national training and rotation into more than one of KPMG’s business functions. This rotation will offer opportunities for students to get an idea of which functions align best with their areas of study. In addition, you will put your cumulative experience to practice during a capstone event with firm leadership. If you successfully complete your internship, the exploratory year concludes by matching you with a KPMG practice – Audit, Tax, or Advisory – for the following year.


Practice Immersion

The Practice Immersion year consists of an eight-week internship and the opportunity to attend KPMG’s National Intern Training program in Orlando, Florida. You will work on client engagement teams supporting the KPMG practice you were matched with at the conclusion of your exploratory year. You will also have the opportunity to work on special projects like those associated with KPMG Ignition Centers and Audit Continuous Improvement based on your prior years’ experience.

Based on your academic schedule, you may be eligible for a third summer internship at KPMG, consisting of an additional eight-week internship and attendance at National Intern Training in Florida. You will receive even more advanced skills training to help you further your career development and elevate your performance within your matched KPMG practice. During the practice immersion year(s), Embark Scholars can also act as mentors for Embark Scholars completing the exploratory year.


To be eligible for the Embark Scholars program, you must be from a traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority group within the professional services industry.

Required skills

— Effective communication, leadership and time management skills.

— Strong technical ability to meet the firm’s business objectives.

— Ability to work as a member of a team and display personal effectiveness and  professionalism

— You should have at least two years remaining in your education before being eligible for full time employment.

— You must be pursuing an accounting, finance, IT, engineering or other equivalent degree from an accredited college/university and be interested in a career with a public accounting firm.

Next steps


Program Timeline


Next Steps




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