Best non-consulting internships to land a full time offer

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Hey, I was just curious as to what the best types of non-consulting internships are for setting a candidate up for getting full-time offers (or at least interviews and the like) from consulting firms next year are. In other words, which are good resume boosters for consulting firms?

And if the answer to this question is different, I'd appreciate feedback on this one too: what non-consulting internships best prepare someone for a career in consulting? Thanks guys!

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Feb 7, 2012

I can answer the first part of your question -- an investment banking internship.

In fact, if you've read Case In Point, Cosentino mentions somewhere that McKinsey's and BCG's biggest competitor is Goldman Sachs and not one another (in regards to recruiting).

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." - DT

Feb 10, 2012

Aragorn is right, IB internship works well. Easier to transition from IB-->consulting than vice versa if you\'re deciding between both.

Anything in corporate strategy/development/large-scale project management at a big name firm. GE, Microsoft, Google, Apple, GM, etc...get the big names on your resume and they\'ll come a\'callin.

Feb 10, 2012

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Feb 10, 2012

Take the biggest-name internship that you can find. F500 roles can be quite nice for consulting full-time recruiting. Research roles can be okay, too, but again, just pick the biggest name if your goal is to go consulting full-time.

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Feb 10, 2012
yunaited:

Take the biggest-name internship that you can find. F500 roles can be quite nice for consulting full-time recruiting. Research roles can be okay, too, but again, just pick the biggest name if your goal is to go consulting full-time.

This.

Feb 10, 2012

Sorry something weird happened on my computer and the post was created twice

Feb 10, 2012

I meant to include there that my GPA is greater than 3.5 but less than 3.7 it fluctuates between that

Feb 10, 2012

I know boutique consulting worked for me, so that gets my vote. However, if you demonstrate excellence in any of the jobs you mentioned...it looks good to an MBB.

Feb 10, 2012

Hmm.. bbjhva, could you elaborate as to what you mean by demonstrating excellence- do you mean snagging FT offers or having key roles at the internship.. the latter doesn't seem too possible...

Feb 10, 2012

interested as well.

From what I've seen in WSO, the general consensus is brand name matters the most. As long as the role isn't too far off from Consulting.

Feb 10, 2012

Boutique consulting worked for me, too. Not a proper 2nd tier (Monitor, LEK, Parthenon), but a small firm that only served one industry.

Feb 10, 2012

While BB and name-brand companies help, they are - by far - not the only means of getting called for an interview. MBB likes to see candidates who pursue their interests in areas that have nothing to do with the world of business. For example, receiving a scholarship to pursue research an interest of yours (e.g., health, polisci, anthropology) is, at an undergraduate level, very impressive in the eyes of recruiters. Other things I have seen get people in the door: successful entrepreneurial background, volunteer work where you take on responsibility, experience with an NGO. I have also seen people seek internships with the government (e.g., local senator, mayor's office, etc.). Just pursue whatever interests you and make the most of it. Demonstration of analytical skill seems to be the only consistent requirement among everything I have seen. Brand name is not the only thing that will get you in the door DESPITE what many people on this forum believe. I am not only speaking from personal experience. have also spoken to recruiters who say it is "refreshing" to see resumes where people pursue their interests outside of your mainstream banking/boutique consulting internships. It makes you not only "stick out," but also more interesting as a candidate.

Feb 10, 2012

Exactly as consultingwiz07 said, it really is about demonstrating the right skill sets, but via any sort of background. If you worked at an NGO and set up their website that got $100k in donations in its first 3 months, that's excellence. Or say if you managed your family restaurant and helped plan a successful marketing plan that was featured in a prominent broadsheet with you name, that is also excellence. There's a misconception that brand name is everything. Believe me, it counts, sure, but only because it is indicative of the fact that you've already been through rigorous recruiting with them. At best it gets you an interview.

You need to have a strong resume to get the interview, but after that its 85% how you handle the case, and 15% fit.

Feb 10, 2012

To maybe put things at ease for people, I'm summering at MBB currently. I did not come in with NGO experience, I didn't start a company, and I didn't do undergraduate medical research. I came into recruiting with a generic industry internship and a big 4 internship.

I'm sure those other experiences could've helped me, but by no means were they necessary at all.

Feb 10, 2012
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