As the title says, I'm heading to a microbiology PhD program fall 2018 (got accepted and then deferred one year), and I'm currently talking with several life science consulting boutiques about the possibility of doing a summer internship after I graduate but before my PhD program starts. So far I've gotten pretty mixed responses...some of those I've talked with are receptive to the idea, and some are confused as to why I'm not just recruiting for a full-time position. By the way, these are firms like QuintilesIMS/Putnam/ClearView, if that matters at all.
Given my background, which consists of bench research and 2 business development internships at mid-size pharmas, I think I have a good shot a getting into consulting post-PhD, especially if I get a couple more experiences under my belt over the next few years (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).
So again, is there any benefit to me doing a summer consulting internship if I'm not looking for a full-time offer?