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How to get a pre-MBA consulting internship

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New post 23 Mar 2017, 20:52
Hi everyone,

I am starting MBA this fall(most likely at Darden),and I am very interested in Management Consulting Post MBA.However,I do not have any real consulting experience,so I was looking at the possibility of a Pre-MBA internship in consulting. I am not really how realistic my plan is,as not many big firms have a formal Pre-MBA internship program,so I doubt if they would be open to the possibility.Anyone has any pointers on a good strategy for this?Should I target only boutique consulting firms?

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New post 23 Mar 2017, 22:13
Your best bet is to come to Poets&Quants' Pre-MBA Networking Festival in NYC in May. There you will meet McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte, A.T. Kearney, Accenture and other leading MBA employers. If you want a head start on the process, this is the place to go. Check it out under events on our home page and register before all the sessions are filled:

We are also about to run a story on pre-MBA internships at Poets&Quants. Most of the organizations that do these internships will be posting their dates for deadlines, etc., in early April. Watch out for that.

Hope to see you at our Pre-MBA Networking Fest!

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New post 05 Apr 2017, 14:16
Do what you would do once you start your MBA - reach out to people who work in consulting firms that you are interested in, ask them to meet for coffee, enquire what it takes to get into their firm and mention that you are keen to do an internship pre-MBA. If they are smart, they will like your pro-activeness and find you an opportunity in their firm. If there is no opportunity, you have now built a rapport that can at least give you a head start once you do start your MBA.

Don't get bogged down by formal processes in consulting firms, there is almost always a way around these so called formalities. What is the worst that will happen - the person you are meeting will tell you they cannot help you. Try someone else.
Boutique firms are of course better because of lesser formalities, but the important thing is to try in larger and smaller firms nevertheless.

Don't forget - this is what you should ideally start doing since first day in MBA anyway if you are keen on consulting, you might as well start the process early.

Hope that helps.
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