Rebeca Alvarez, a University of Notre Dame junior from Santa Tecla, El Salvador, has been selected by the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG for its Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) internship program.
Alvarez was among 50 students from across the nation who were chosen to participate in the program. KPMG launched FDL this past summer as part of its continuing effort to increase and support minority representation in the accounting profession. The program is designed to provide leadership training and financial support for outstanding minority undergraduate business students.
“KPMG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we believe that focused programs such as this can help increase the number of minority business leaders in the accounting profession and other areas of business,” said Manny Fernandez, national managing partner of campus recruiting for KPMG.
As part of the program, Alvarez is eligible to receive scholarship money and internships that provide opportunities to gain hands-on experience with clients in her chosen business area. In addition to gaining work experience, Alvarez will be mentored by faculty advisors and KPMG professionals.
Alvarez, who participated in an internship during the summer, credits the program with helping her gain confidence in applying her leadership skills in a diverse business environment. “It was great to be able to meet and interact with very smart people of different backgrounds, both cultural and educational,” she said.
Alvarez was nominated for the FDL program as a result of her commitment to high academic achievement, community and campus involvement, and active participation in diversity organizations.