World’s Top Employers for New Grads

For an exclusive CNNMoney list, research firm Universum Global surveyed college students around the world to see where they most want to work.

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Rank among business students: 8
Rank (engineering students): N.A.

Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands
No. of employees: 152,000

What makes it great: A culture of high performance at this Big 4 firm means it will invest in employees and their futures. New hires who get a CPA in their first year at KPMG, for example, are rewarded with a $5,000 cash bonus.

The company also supports community activities: Employees get 12 paid hours per year to volunteer.

KPMG's global presence and mindset is another big draw, says Blane Ruschak, executive director of university recruiting. New hires in the tax division can spend three months working at an international office; more senior employees can relocate for several years.

What they're looking for: KPMG seeks new grads who can learn quickly, demonstrate strong communication and decision-making skills, and have a solid ethical foundation, says Ruschak.

Also important: a high GPA, leadership experience, and the determination to go above and beyond to deliver results.

In the U.S. alone last year, the firm took on about 2,000 new grads and 2,000 interns (who often nab full-time spots later), according to Ruschak. It expects to hire at similar levels this year. --L.G.

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