Engage in life at RSM before the job - learn about potential careers, explore our culture, experience valuable leadership and networking opportunities, and gain insights on what to expect as a future RSM colleague! You’ll discover how we support our people in pursuing their passions and embracing growth both personally and professionally, while jumpstarting your career at RSM.

Technology consultant, Niko, makes an impact on his technology clients’ business processes at RSM by getting to understand their customer needs and business goals. He does this while developing, teaching and performing as a b-boy.

Curious about how to build a life like Niko’s? RSM offers pre-career opportunities to help you learn what professional services is all about, while building your network with your peers and our people and getting to know our culture. We meet you right where you are so that you can meaningfully engage in what’s next, while you’re still a student.

RSM Excellence Academy

This new program, designed for underrepresented minority students, will help you personally and professionally develop into a career-ready individual upon graduation, while building and maintaining mentorships, relationships, and real-world client service skills.

Your RSM Excellence Academy journey:

  • Kick things off with a 3-day skill-building and professional development program in Chicago, IL
  • Take part in an operations internship the following summer, exploring RSM from the inside, out
  • Engage in an exciting client service internship prior to your final year of college
  • Students who meet program requirements may receive a job offer upon graduation

You’ll gain mentors at RSM who will support you throughout your college career and keep you connected to the firm, while simultaneously enjoying opportunities to actively engage with our employee network groups (ENGs) as you grow through various stages of the program.

We aim to help students become career-ready – hopefully at RSM, or wherever you decide to begin your career – while building the diversity of our workforce and consequently, our effectiveness as the leading firm serving the middle market.

Learn more about our work to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

The fine print: Program requirements

  • Student at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university
  • Three years from graduation and full-time employment
  • Identify as an underrepresented minority
  • Possess strong communication and technical skills
  • Next year's application window will open in January 2023.


Take your next step with Pathways – explore career opportunities, while pursuing your unique interests and passions, and get an inside look at what RSM is all about!

What to Expect:

Join us for a one-day, virtual experience in December 2022

  • Gain exposure to opportunities in audit, tax, and consulting
  • Network with RSM professionals and students from across the nation
  • Take a sneak peek into the RSM internship experience and learn how to land one
  • Develop leadership skills through experiential learning
  • Experience our unrivaled, inclusive culture and get to know our firm
  • Access additional RSM experiences that allow you to expand business acumen and technical skills


  • Two years from graduation
  • Curious about a career in professional services and our audit, tax and consulting lines of business
  • Pursing a degree related to accounting, business or IT
  • Are excited to network and meet our RSM professionals
  • Interested in exploring early internship opportunities

After attending Pathways, you will have the opportunity to participate in either our Bottom Line Simulation or Campus Automation Challenge!

Develop your own professional services firm and determine which service offerings best fit the client’s needs through a team-based business simulation challenge.

Work in a team alongside RSM consultants, using Robotics Process Automation (RPA), to create a bot to automate processes.

What is life like at RSM?

Take a look behind the curtain through stories and experiences from real RSM professionals.