RSM Excellence Academy

2023 Summer Conference and 2024 Summer Internship

Experience the Power of Being You

Looking for a unique learning experience alongside a diverse group of students from across the United States, while getting a sneak peek into what a career in assurance, tax or consulting might look like at RSM? Join us to experience RSM through our RSM Excellence Academy. This program aims to raise awareness and strengthen the professional skills of outstanding students from Black, Latinx and Hispanic heritage who are three years from final college graduation (e.g., in the first year of a four-year degree or in the second-year summer of a five-year degree (such as Master of Accountancy).

The RSM Excellence Academy consists of a three-day summer leadership conference with a stipend and the opportunity to participate in an internship with RSM during the following summer. The Excellence Academy is open to all qualified students who are three years from graduation. There is a preference for students who have demonstrated a commitment to efforts of racial diversity and inclusiveness for underrepresented groups (particularly those that support communities of Black, Latinx and Hispanic heritage) via participation, for example, in organizations with these goals or other similar initiatives. The Excellence Academy is designed to recognize these efforts of inclusivity and to develop outstanding business, accounting, technology and engineering students for internships and full-time employment. Participants will have an opportunity to build relationships that will assist them in their educational and career development. We hope that this experience will provide students with an overall understanding of the professional services industry, RSM’s culture and the advantages of working in the middle market.

Your unique background, education and personal experiences equip you to contribute in ways no one else can. Participants will see that everyone who works at RSM brings an interesting and unique perspective that not only shapes them, but also shapes the understanding that is the core of our brand. Their individual talents strengthen our team while enhancing the insights we provide to the middle market. If you’re looking for an organization that values you as an individual, welcome to RSM!

Program components

Career discovery and development

Explore areas of career opportunity and development at RSM, and within professional services as a whole, through the following areas:

  • Talent experience – Connect with your peers and our employees and firm leaders to develop both personally and professionally, while gaining individual perspectives about our organization and culture.
  • Skill development – Strengthen your technical and soft skills through collaborative real-world simulated exercises related to ethics and problem-solving.
  • Client experience – Learn about our middle market clients through a variety of activities, client interactions and visualizations. 

An investment in your future

After completion of the RSM Excellence Academy Conference:

  • You will receive an invitation to join RSM’s Excellence Academy internship program the following summer. Satisfactory completion of the conference is a prerequisite for eligibility to receive your internship offer.
  • You will receive a monetary stipend.

Program requirements

  • Applicant should be three years from both graduation and full-time employment eligibility
  • Applicant should be pursuing, or interested in, a degree in accounting, finance, economics, business, technology, engineering or a related field
  • Applicants with memberships in organizations committed to racial diversity and inclusiveness such as NABA, Black Student Union, National Panhellenic Council, ALPFA, LBSA or who participate in other groups or initiatives with similar goals will receive preference
  • Applicant should be a team player who is motivated to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Applicant should show a desire to be client-focused and learn how to provide skilled advisory services
  • Applicant should possess strong communication skills

By applying for the RSM Excellence Academy, you are also applying for an RSM Excellence Academy Internship for the following summer. If you receive an offer to join RSM’s Excellence Academy program and accept the second-year internship offer, responsibilities during the internship will include:

  • Assisting assigned member(s) of leadership with ongoing projects and deliverables
  • Leveraging knowledge of assigned practice to support leadership in execution of strategic or tactical imperatives
  • Starting to develop an understanding of solution offerings and relationships with supporting leadership
  • Liaising with internal organizations (human resources, finance, marketing, sales) to develop, implement and maintain efficient and effective support processes in support of leadership directives
  • Being a resource to assigned teams, fielding questions, liaising with team members to share best practices, and promoting efficiency and standardization
  • In conjunction with assigned member(s) of leadership, supporting the definition of project scope and revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Supporting member(s) of leadership to manage project objectives, schedule, resources and deliverables
  • Creating and updating project plans
  • In conjunction with assigned member(s) of leadership, developing leadership meeting objectives and agendas, documenting meeting outcomes, and following up on related action items
  • Working with member(s) of leadership to coordinate risk mitigation, process improvement, communication and support needs affecting the successful delivery of client solutions
  • Performing other duties as assigned

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