Kurterry Singleton

BBA in Accounting, Class of 2018
Participated in KPMG’s Summer 2016 Corporate Management Internship Program

Why did you choose to major in Accounting?

I chose Accounting because I had the opportunity to work with some accountants in my previous job, and I really liked the tasks they did. Also, I was always good with numbers, so I decided to try it out.

What do you enjoy about your coursework?

I really enjoy learning accounting concepts. I figured accounting was all numbers, which I thought would be easy, but I was wrong. There is much more to accounting than math, and surprisingly, I liked that. I also really like my Accounting professors. They helped make sure I learned all of the concepts, and whenever I was having trouble with anything, they made sure to go over it with me until I fully understood it. This definitely helped me a lot!

What are some lessons you learned from professors or mentors in the business school?

I learned that I shouldn’t be discouraged if I don’t understand something right away. For accounting interns and accountants new to the profession, there will be many things you will not know how to do. It can be frustrating to know that you worked so hard in school for many years and still do not fully know the different tasks you will perform in your future job – but that is just how it is.

The best thing you can do is to not get discouraged and to ask for help. Just like in school, everyone around you will want to help you. Your team will know that when you get a better understanding of things and learn how to do certain tasks, it will help them as well as you.

As I interned this summer, I made sure to ask as many questions as needed for me to understand the assignments I was given. This showed my team members that I was willing to learn and that I was always determined to do a quality job. These are some traits that most employers look for in job candidates.

Have you participated in any extracurricular activities during your time at SEU?

I am a member in many organizations, including the St. Edward’s University Accounting Club and the National Association for Black Accountants (NABA), which I just joined. I encourage all Accounting majors to join the Accounting Club. I have learned a lot from attending the meetings and events the club hosts. The club also keeps members notified of the different work opportunities available.

My most notable outside-the-classroom experience is the internship I had this summer for KPMG in their Houston office. I learned so much while working for them, and I was able to utilize the many skills I learned from school and from other experiences. I got to see how some of the concepts I learned in the classroom could be carried over into the working world.

I was lucky enough to get a rotation internship, so I was able to see multiple practices and departments within the firm. I learned how to do tasks I will do as a new hire, and I learned a lot about the firm. I had an amazing experience this summer, and I would not have had this opportunity without help from the Career and Professional Development Office! I am extremely grateful for the chance to intern with KPMG, and I hope the career services office continues helping others receive great opportunities like mine.

Have these experiences helped you clarify what you want to do after graduation? How so?

I always knew that I wanted to work for one of the Big Four accounting firms, but I was not sure which one. Now I know I definitely want to work for KPMG. I even have a plan mapped out thanks to my conversations with the many advisers KPMG has provided me with.

What advice do you have for current SEU business students?

I would advise other students to make a plan even as early was freshman year. That way they can talk to advisers and others who know what steps they need to take so that they are able to work for what they want as early as possible. Also, with a plan, they can best utilize career services and other job-seeking resources.

Make sure to go to the Career and Professional Development Office to get help building a resume, practicing interviewing, and later, seeking an internship. Accounting students that are interested in interning at a Big Four firm should stay on the lookout for KPMG positions on the career portal. Also, if anyone wants to ask me anything about my experience at KPMG, then feel free to email me at ksinglet [at] stedwards.edu.