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I haven't had any luck so far. Probably contacted about 15-20 IB or PE firms in the area. Got responses from most of them, but no takers. I always sent an email with my resume, I did not cold call. Large firms generally had structured internship programs in place and said they don't hire pre-MBA people. Smaller ones either said they don't take interns or "no thanks, have fun at school." Made some contacts that seemed interested in staying in touch while I was at school.

I don't have a ton of connections, so it's been tough. I got a few email addresses from friends, or if they're on the company website, or I just guessed at it based on the person's name and the way email addresses look to be constructued at a particular firm (e.g. lastname.firstname@xyzcorp).

Obviously, I could've tried to contact many more firms, but I started getting to the point where I was looking into firms I had never heard of or knew anything about. And when I asked myself, will I work at any IB/PE shop this summer just to get the experience, I started to hesitate. I'm not sure if it was the allure of having a summer off, or tired of being denied for a spot that may not even be available, or that I'm not as gung-ho as I should be about these careers. Either way, I'm about to throw in the towel and just take it easy this summer and do some other prep for school.

Also, there is a separate thread in the Career Forum:

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New post 29 Mar 2010, 13:34
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I would say 80% pursuing contacts 20% cold-calling (moreso cold-website-resume-submitting).

anyone know how this would work? submitting a resume online, would you list your intended school even though you're not a student yet?

i'd love to do a pre-mba internship or even one of the short summer "camps" at the consulting firms or CPG's


When I sent my resume, I hadn't updated it yet to show HBS. I did mention in the email I was attending, though, and just a short couple paragraphs about my background and that I'm interested in XYZ.
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New post 29 Mar 2010, 14:04
Good work on actually trying. Most people wouldn't bother or wouldn't dare. I would definitely keep in touch with the contacts who encouraged you to do so, perhaps even set up informational interviews before you head off to school.

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I haven't had any luck so far. Probably contacted about 15-20 IB or PE firms in the area. Got responses from most of them, but no takers. I always sent an email with my resume, I did not cold call. Large firms generally had structured internship programs in place and said they don't hire pre-MBA people. Smaller ones either said they don't take interns or "no thanks, have fun at school." Made some contacts that seemed interested in staying in touch while I was at school.

I don't have a ton of connections, so it's been tough. I got a few email addresses from friends, or if they're on the company website, or I just guessed at it based on the person's name and the way email addresses look to be constructued at a particular firm (e.g. lastname.firstname@xyzcorp).

Obviously, I could've tried to contact many more firms, but I started getting to the point where I was looking into firms I had never heard of or knew anything about. And when I asked myself, will I work at any IB/PE shop this summer just to get the experience, I started to hesitate. I'm not sure if it was the allure of having a summer off, or tired of being denied for a spot that may not even be available, or that I'm not as gung-ho as I should be about these careers. Either way, I'm about to throw in the towel and just take it easy this summer and do some other prep for school.

Also, there is a separate thread in the Career Forum:

pre-mba-internship-87881.html
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Bump. Anyone looking for pre-mba internships this year?


Yes I am.

Mentioned and leveraged the fact that I was going to (a good) business school in my cover letter. Which my friend (who works at the company) then sent on to their HR people.

Got an interview pretty quickly and mentioned I would be happy to work for free......got positive vibes from interview think it will go through.

Its for an internet start-up btw.
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I'm interested in getting a pre-MBA consulting internship that starts roughly first week of May and ends roughly last week of July. Is that possible with McK/BCG/Bain?

I emailed a local wireless technology company about pre-MBA product management internships but was told that those are not offered and that I should apply for summer 2011. My local options are somewhat limited and I really don't feel like moving in April and then moving again in early August, but for McK/BCG/Bain I would certainly consider it.
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I wasn't thinking about it before, but now I'm actually kinda toying with the idea. Trying to see if I can get an internship in marketing or business development at a tech or energy-related firm. Since I come from an engineering background with no significant business experience, I think it would make me much more marketable to recruiters at b-school. If I get an internship, I may have to revise the date for leaving my current company. I wonder how my boss would take that. Fun, fun, fun.
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How long do these internships usually run? Is it possible to get one for June, July, and part of August? Not sure if I can do May yet.
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They are in the midst of hiring undergrads for analyst positions, mba's for internships/FT positions and don't really have a place for the experienced-but-not-yet-mba intern. Same goes for banks. Best shot is going to be boutiques (even then you might need an "in") or start-ups that need free labor.


this. pretty much everywhere i applied to i faced the in-between-analyst-and-associate problem.

mind you, i've only applied to a few places. i've been very selective in whom i contact for the internship apps, and most of them have been through some sort of contacts - so i have a realistic chance of actually landing the job. so far it seems like i'm headed to china for the summer for an IB internship. this would pretty much require me to work 90 hr weeks...but it'll also help me really boost my profile for landing an associate position next yr. so i guess it's worth it.

my back up plan (in case this falls through last minute) is to just chill at home during the summer. i've invested in a real estate project that needs to be managed/worked on. i'm also a semi-pro poker player lol. so between these 2 things i'll be having some fun and keeping myself busy.
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Would it be inappropriate to cold-call(email) alumni from the school I plan to matriculate asking them about any possible pre-MBA internships?
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New post 10 Jan 2011, 08:11
Hi All. Thank you for contributing to a great post.

Another pre-MBA career / internship resource you may want to consider is our professional group, USA Leadership Corps (www.usaLeadershipCorps.org).

USALC partners with pre-MBAs who are looking to enhance their leadership, consulting, entrepreneurship, and/or community-involvement backgrounds by leading volunteer nonprofit & small business strategy consulting projects.

Thank you & good luck,

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Would it be inappropriate to cold-call(email) alumni from the school I plan to matriculate asking them about any possible pre-MBA internships?


I've been wondering about this too. I contacted an alum and asked about a specific intern position for which he was hiring. He did get back to me, but stressed that his first preference was MBA students who'd completed one year. He invited me to apply next summer.

While I'd like to leverage Booth's network, I don't want to go overboard either. Can any current students shed some light on staind's question? Thanks!
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I think (economy/job market permitting) Pre-MBA Internship is a great idea for people without specific industry experience for their dream job after bschool. If you have the experience on your resume (before the school publishes their resume book etc), then not only can you impress potential recruiting company reps on your interest in the industry, they might be less skeptical due to your inexperience in that field.


Hi spideyeclipse27,

I agree with nink. A pre-MBA internship is great for people looking to boost their leadership experience in advance of formal internship / full-time position recruiting. Consulting is a valuable skill worthy of a pre-MBA internship. Great experiences can be gained by consulting a struggling nonprofit or small business with its financial, operations, and marketing challenges.

Consider partnering with a volunteer organization such as SCORE, Net Impact, USALC, or Taproot. These orgs provide strategy consulting assistance to emerging organizations in need by structuring pre-MBA volunteer internships for professionals like yourself.

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I was wondering if anyone had some advice on obtaining a pre-MBA internship? Did you just contact a place and tell them you are accepted to XYZ school and would like to intern before going to school? What sort of companies are best to target? I was thinking startups would be most accepting of pre-MBA interns?
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I was wondering if anyone had some advice on obtaining a pre-MBA internship? Did you just contact a place and tell them you are accepted to XYZ school and would like to intern before going to school? What sort of companies are best to target? I was thinking startups would be most accepting of pre-MBA interns?


I guess it depends on why you want to do one and for how long you are available.

Here are a few posts to review:
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merkin wrote:
They are in the midst of hiring undergrads for analyst positions, mba's for internships/FT positions and don't really have a place for the experienced-but-not-yet-mba intern. Same goes for banks. Best shot is going to be boutiques (even then you might need an "in") or start-ups that need free labor.


this. pretty much everywhere i applied to i faced the in-between-analyst-and-associate problem.

mind you, i've only applied to a few places. i've been very selective in whom i contact for the internship apps, and most of them have been through some sort of contacts - so i have a realistic chance of actually landing the job. so far it seems like i'm headed to china for the summer for an IB internship. this would pretty much require me to work 90 hr weeks...but it'll also help me really boost my profile for landing an associate position next yr. so i guess it's worth it.

my back up plan (in case this falls through last minute) is to just chill at home during the summer. i've invested in a real estate project that needs to be managed/worked on. i'm also a semi-pro poker player lol. so between these 2 things i'll be having some fun and keeping myself busy.


DrSatisfaction, how did you manage to land an IB internship in China? Did you find it through personal connections/networking? Am I right to assume you are from Canada? Didn't you have visa issues? I am researching my summer plan pre CBS MBA.
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Hi, any internationals who did pre-MBA internship in NY/US to ask a few questions on how you approached the VISA q... or to share which companies can be OK with smn doing a pre-MBA internship on a tourist visa :) Enrolled at CBS and typing out of Eastern Europe.
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Hi, any internationals who did pre-MBA internship in NY/US to ask a few questions on how you approached the VISA q... or to share which companies can be OK with smn doing a pre-MBA internship on a tourist visa :) Enrolled at CBS and typing out of Eastern Europe.


You cannot work on a tourist visa.
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Hey guys,

Thought I'd bump this thread for those that are looking at or have already applied to some pre-MBA programs.

Perhaps a format could look like...

Programs Applied: Deloitte Consulting Immersion Program 2015 (DCIP), McKinsey Emerging Scholars 2015

Status: DCIP- Rejected Emerging Scholars- Waiting

Application Description: For both I had to enter in an online form which asked for some basic info, stats (GPA/GMAT/School), and for me to upload a resume. Deloitte also asked for a cover letter. I applied in late February for DCIP and late March for Emerging scholars. Didn't have any correspondence or recognition of application for Deloitte. I recently sent in an email questioning my status and then a few days later received a rejection letter :cry: . Oh well, I wonder if that triggered it or if I was already in a reject pile and they simply just gave me an accelerated status update. Anyways, gonna hopefully enjoy my pre-MBA days and hope for a better result when I start applying for internships! 8-)

If anyone else has applied to any pre-MBA programs feel free to add your results and experiences here! I think it'll be a great way for future prospectives to gauge which events they'd like to explore and what the best way to approach them are.
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I got accepted to the DCIP. Anybody else?
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I got accepted to the DCIP. Anybody else?


I have been accepted to DCIP as well.
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