PKF O’Connor Davies Recognized as Nation’s Top Internship Program on Vault’s 2024 “100 Best Internships” List

Internship program outranks all others for compensation and diversity

PKF O’Connor Davies, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax and advisory practices, is proud to announce that its internship program has received the #1 ranking on Vault’s 2024 “100 Best Internships” list. The program has once again been named to the annually released list of the highest-rated internship programs in the country, moving up the rankings from 70th place on the 2023 list. In addition to achieving the top spot on the overall 2024 list, the program has been ranked #1 specifically among those in the accounting industry.

“Internships are a key component of the college experience, and we are proud to be recognized as the nation’s best for the next generation of accounting, audit and tax professionals,” said Kevin J. Keane, Executive Chairman at PKF O’Connor Davies. “Our top ranking on this year’s Vault list can be attributed to the unparalleled, immersive learning experience we provide as well as the priority we place on actively involving students in the everyday work we do.”

Vault’s 2024 rankings are directly tied to the results of a survey completed by more than 13,000 current and former interns, including nearly 80 from PKF O’Connor Davies, which asked respondents to assess their experience according to a series of specific quality of life and diversity criteria. PKF O’Connor Davies’ program has been ranked among the top 10 for almost all quality of life categories, including compensation, quality of assignments, training and mentoring, overall career development, employment prospects and real-life experience. The program has also achieved two #1 rankings for diversity – overall diversity and diversity for LGBTQ+ individuals – as well as top-five rankings for racial and ethnic diversity and diversity for women.

“Whether students are just beginning to explore the accounting industry or are ready for a more advanced, hands-on experience, our internship programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of emerging professionals and prepare them for life outside of the college classroom,” said Dawn V. Perri, Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer at PKF O’Connor Davies. “The fact that our #1 ranking is due to the positive feedback of so many of our own interns is particularly gratifying and speaks to the impact PKF O’Connor Davies and our On-Campus Recruiting Team has had on countless students’ growth and development.”

PKF O’Connor Davies offers internship programs for students at all stages of the college experience. The Freshman Pathways Program is a one-day opportunity designed specifically for students who have recently completed their freshman year to learn about public accounting, network with professionals and explore career options. The Leaders of Tomorrow Program is a two-day opportunity for sophomores and juniors to engage in skill-building workshops, develop leadership abilities and gain a better understanding of the responsibilities and advantages of a career with PKF O’Connor Davies. The organization’s Winter Tax Internship and Summer Audit Internship are lengthier, more in-depth opportunities for juniors and seniors to assist with executing actual client projects and fully immerse themselves in PKF O’Connor Davies’ culture. Interns are also encouraged to participate in community service projects and social activities hosted by the organization. For more information, visit