IST students chosen for KPMG leadership program

September 26, 2008

A major business and technical services company has selected two students from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) for its competitive diversity leadership program.

Jaimliah Matthews, a sophomore majoring in security and risk analysis and religious studies, and Tammara Ross, a sophomore majoring in information sciences and technology, were selected to be part of KPMG’s 2008 Future Diversity Leaders class.

Matthews and Ross are among 51 students chosen for the program from hundreds of applicants nationwide. Both recently attended a two-day leadership conference in Hollywood, Calif., which they described as an eye-opening experience.

"I got to experience what it was really like to be a businesswoman, Ross said. From taking planes to attending a conference, there are a lot of things I didn't even realize were part of the business world."

Each will receive a paid internship with KMPG this summer and will be invited to participate in the program again next year. They will also be mentored by KPMG professionals.

Matthews said she is looking forward to gaining hands-on experience with the company this summer.

"The internship will give me the experience that most KPMG employees do not get until their first year with the company," she said. "I feel extremely fortunate to be part of this program and hope I can make the most of my opportunities."

While many people know KMPG as a financial company, it is one of IST's corporate partners. The college's students and alumni work for the company in consulting, IT auditing and data security management.

"My career goal is to become a successful technology developer for a high-profile company," Ross said. "This program will help me meet this goal because it will give me experience with a large company, and get me used to what it takes to be successful in the industry."

KPMG is an audit, tax and advisory company with operations in 145 countries worldwide.

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