One of the greatest challenges facing corporate America is workforce readiness. Today, there aren’t enough meaningful internship experiences for high school students to prepare for future careers—particularly our youth in underserved communities. This disparity contributes to the lack of access to a strong and diverse talent pool, which so many companies face. KPMG is committed to being part of the solution.
With the support of the KPMG U.S. Foundation, we work with NAF, a national network of education, business and community leaders devoted to providing work-based learning opportunities and internships to help high school students become college, career and future-ready.
Our work with NAF Academies, which spans KPMG offices in nearly 20 communities, is represented in a number of ways: KPMG professionals serve on NAF academy advisory boards; KPMG volunteers visit area high schools to teach students about important business and career development topics; and NAF students work alongside of our teams as paid summer interns.
KPMG also hosts Future Ready Labs (FRL), an innovative NAF program in which leading businesses like KPMG provide paid internships to a cohort of NAF students. FRLs seek to close the internship gap by providing a forum for multiple interns rather than relying upon one-to-one work guidance and oversight. The interns work in small groups on a final project focused on real-world scenarios benefitting directly from the collective knowledge of a network of professionals and executives leading in their field. The experience is invaluable: when the latest Future Ready Lab concluded, 95% of KPMG interns felt better prepared to pursue a career.