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Jonathan Kaine

Class of 2012

Business Administration –Accounting Concentration

Audit Co-op at KPMG

As a junior business administration major with an accounting concentration,  Jonathan’s  participation in the co-op program gave him much more than relevant work experience, a strong resume, and excellent pay.  His on the job performance resulted in an offer for  a full time position after graduation at his co-op employer, KPMG. 

Jonathan knew early on during his sophomore year that he wanted to gain professional  work experience in the accounting field.  “There is much to learn from a textbook or in class, but there is so much more you can learn by working in a given field.  In today’s  competitive job market, having the work experience looks that much better to a future employer”, he says.

During the summer after his sophomore year, Jonathan  worked  as an intern in the cost accounting department at Analogic, a manufacturer of medical devices located in Peabody, MA.  Given his  high academic achievement and previous accounting work experience, he applied and  was selected for a co-op position in the  Audit Department at KPMG , the international public accounting firm.   “ I was treated as if I was a full time employee, so the experience was second to none.  I worked with other auditors to compete year end audits of three different clients across a broad range of industries.”  At KPMG, he also had the opportunity to interact with other co-op students through social events at the firm.

Jonathan credits his success to his time management skills and strong foundation in accounting course work.  In terms of future plans for full time employment at KPMG, Jonathan will be working toward the requirement to complete 150 credit hours  before fall 2012.   When asked for advice about the internship process, Jon emphasizes that  it is never too early to start.
“Write a resume and cover letter.  Go to as many job fairs and career fairs and events as possible. The more people you talk to in a professional  setting the more comfortable you will become and the easier it will become to do”, he adds.