Matt LaLonde in Paris
Matt LaLonde stands in front of the iconic pyramid entrance to The Louvre in Paris.

Student Spotlight

Matt LaLonde '14

The Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-lyses — these Paris landmarks were within distance of accounting major Matt LaLonde’s workplace through his selection for KPMG LLP’s Global Internship Program

In KPMG’s Paris office, LaLonde interned as part of the U.S. Tax desk. His tasks included research on specific tax issues, preparing tax returns and tracking a client’s mergers and acquisitions.

A 2014 graduate, LaLonde was interested in the Global Internship Program as a chance to build an international network of accounting professionals.

It’s critical for accounting and business professionals to understand the implications of doing business in the vast global market that exists today. Having this opportunity gave me the experience and understanding of the global market that clients expect and deserve. – Matt LaLonde

LaLonde’s opportunity is a result of Illinois Wesleyan’s popular full-time spring internship program. The optional program allows accounting students to participate in full-time internships at Big 4 firms and major corporations during the January-March busy tax and audit season.

The program was a joint venture of accounting faculty members, Illinois Wesleyan accounting alumni and the Hart Career Center. Its structure allows interns to take two intensive accounting courses condensed into the final six weeks of the spring semester. This allows the students to stay on track to complete the 150 hours of course credits needed for graduation in four years. 

Apart from his accounting coursework, as a student founded The Tool Library for the Bloomington-Normal community. This free tool-lending concept is identical to a book-lending library but instead of books, it lends tools. The Tool Library provides homeowners with the resources they need to make repairs and modifications to their homes.