Consulting, Business Strategy
- Check out our Consulting Prep Guide. Here is an Accessible PDF: Consulting Prep Guide.
- Traditionally, top consulting firms hired more full-time employees than summer interns. Over the past couple of years, many firms have begun to emphasize the intern hiring process.
- Take full advantage of the on-campus recruiting process, but do not limit your search to just on-campus recruiting. You may find tremendous opportunities at firms that do not travel to campus.
- Landing a consulting job or internship is an intense process requiring a significant amount of research, networking, and preparation.
- Do not get discouraged if you are not successful in securing a consulting specific summer internship. Seek a business-oriented opportunity in areas such as business development or finance in order to develop the business skills and savvy that are valuable to consulting firms.
- Consulting firms look for smart people with a strong academic record and a history of achievement. Concentration or area of study is usually less important because firms want to build teams of individuals with diverse perspectives and schools of thought.
- Quantitative skills are valued, and firms will even look at SAT/ACT or GRE/GMAT scores for evidence of quantitative aptitude. Furthermore, demonstrated the ability to work in a team is extremely important since that is how consulting firms organize their work.
- Consulting is a client-facing industry. It is important to use face-to-face opportunities to demonstrate “soft skills,” like communication skills, poise under pressure, and confidence.
- View our Career Planning Guide & Internship Orientation Guide. Here is an accessible PDF: Internship Orientation Guide.
Industry-Specific Job Boards
The resources below are a combination of general industry information as well as specific job and internship posting sites for this industry.
- Careers in Consulting
- Consulting Magazine
- Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory
- The Consulting Bench
A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership-based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Professional association websites can also offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.
- Association of Consultants to Nonprofits
- Association of Internal Management Consulting Firms
- Institute of Management Consultants
- National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants
- Society of Professional Consultants
Company & Industry Research
- Business Insights: Essentials
- D&B Hoovers
- Summer Experience Database