KPMG and Civic Consulting Alliance have collaborated on more than 20 projects since 2009, providing millions of dollars in pro bono value to public sector clients. Since 2013, KPMG Associates have spent up to six months as part of Civic Consulting' staff as externs, offering a unique opportunity to build public-sector consulting expertise while making a tangible difference in the city.
KPMG Fellows have been a part of project teams addressing education, healthcare and economic vitality, including:
- Creating a strategy to help Cook County Health and Hospitals System listen and respond to patient needs
- Implementing Thrive Chicago to ensure cradle to career success for Chicago youth
- Lowering Illinois’ prison population by ensuring only those who are a threat to society are detained before trial
- Building a vision and strategy for technology in Chicago
- Developing effective performance management metrics for the Cook County Procurement Office
You grow so much faster at Civic Consulting because you’re learning new things all time. The diversity of the staff’s backgrounds – some were consultants, lawyers, professors, or investment bankers—just accelerates the learning curve.
Former KPMG Fellow
"My time at CCA has helped me develop professionally in several ways. One of the most significant was driving collaborative and effective outcomes from a wide range of diverse stakeholders…[It] gave me not only more experience with a wide range of neighborhoods, but also the ability to directly affect positive change within them."
"The diversity of my extern experience showed me how well CCA really puts all the pieces together to improve Chicago for all its residents."
"It was a great opportunity to use skills and knowledge I had gained at KPMG to give back to the community I grew up in. Overall, it was a great experience and I'm thankful to everyone at Civic Consulting and KPMG for the opportunity to do this work."READ MORE
"After my externship experience at Civic Consulting, I feel even more connected to Chicago and Illinois. Best of all, I brought my experience to bear in a way that helps to address the challenges facing my community."READ MORE
“Getting experience presenting to and working with CEO- and COO-level executives early in my career was a huge benefit that I would not have gotten elsewhere.”
Turning insight into impact
As a senior audit associate at KPMG, I had been looking for a way to give back to Chicago, but I wanted to maximize that impact by using my financial knowledge and analytical skills to provide real value. I got my opportunity in January of 2015, when KPMG selected me for an externship with Civic Consulting Alliance...Read More
After my externship experience at Civic Consulting, I feel even more connected to Chicago and Illinois. Best of all, I brought my experience to bear in a way that helps to address the challenges facing my community.
Senior Audit Associate, KPMG
Former Civic Consulting KPMG Fellow