Where/what companies should a second year college student look to in order to find summer internships in consulting?
I'm a second year student majoring in English/Economics at Stanford University, and I'm interested in learning more about consulting/figuring out if its a good professional fit for me. #business #consulting #business-analysis #management-consulting
Great question. Consulting is quite a rewarding career. These are considered the top 10 internship companies for consulting according to Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkl45ehfhg/1-bates-white/72bb88505e7c
- Bates White
- Bain and Company
- Cap Tech
- Boston Consulting Group
- West Monroe
- Strategy& (Formerly Booz and Company)
- A.T. Kearney
In case you might be interested in a non-traditional consulting firm suggestion, I would recommend Ideo as well. Their service offerings are diverse, and they work with a broad range of recognized clients: from global charity networks to companies like State Farm Insurance, and Converse.
However, from my experience, I agree with Tamara—it is great to speak with your academic advisor. Also, it is possible your department might receive internship job postings from firms looking for students.
I hope this helps!
Since you asked this question last year as a second year college student, I'm assuming you are now entering your junior year of college. This is the ideal year to get an internship in the field you are pursuing and hopefully gain a full time offer when the internship ends.
2) Look into different consulting firms and what they offer (e.g. - service offering, industry, location, work environment)
3) Ask Stanford alumni what a "day in the life" is like for them. Here's a few for Associates at PwC: https://www.pwc.com/us/en/careers/campus/why-pwc/day-in-the-life-of-billy.html
4) Don't stress too much. Consultants come from all areas. I work with professionals who started their career in something completely different and found their calling much later in life.
As others have already stated, I would tap into your network and see if you know anyone who has previously worked or is currently working in consulting. Additionally, I would take advantage of your university's career advising department and job/internship board (if available).
Tamara Smith, M.S., CPLC
I would start with making an appointment to review your options with your academic advisor. He/She can lead you in the right direction, and also offer or recommend internship or volunteer opportunities within your school or in the area. You can also speak with someone in the career services department at your school. Shawn Lloyd offered some great internship companies, so I would reach out to them as well. Cold calling or emailing is not obsolete!! Good luck!!
I would suggest that you work with your university's career center to learn more about the types of students that consulting firms are recruiting from your school. Learning about the desired majors, skills and characteristics of these successful candidates will help you better evaluate your fit. Furthermore, many consulting firms will typically visit campus for information sessions, where they speak to candidates regarding the types of roles that they are hiring for and what type of candidates they are looking for. These represent valuable opportunities to not only educate yourselves, but also network with senior leaders within these firms.
Ultimately, consulting firms are looking for people with strong problem solving skills - individuals that can recognize and deconstruct a problem and then create and apply a framework in order to achieve a desirable outcome. Successful consultants come from all different backgrounds and it is important to think about the type of impact that you want to make before deciding on pursuing this as a career.