College student in very peculiar situation - need advice
I'm currently a junior at a top-20 business program, and I'm also a pre-med student double majoring in biochemistry. I plan on graduating in five years – regardless which track I choose to pursue – so technically I'm still in my sophomore year. I recently attended a consulting career fair, and have been doing more research on the field since. I am now on the fence about whether or not I should continue on my scientific track, or commit to consulting.
Because I've been so focused on my pre-med requisites, I haven't done much in terms of networking and other things I need to make myself standout for a top firm. However, I currently hold a 3.82 GPA, have over 15 months of research experience working at a biochem lab on campus, a publication (with another on the way), and a few other accomplishments.
Since these ECs aren't business-related, I was wondering how firms would see this – can I come off as someone who can manage a demanding workload, dedicate himself to something even though they have nothing to do with consulting? Or are they going to disregard that and focus at my track in the business school, and whatever business-related extracurriculars I can amass during the next year or so?
Assuming I decide to abandon my pre-med track, what firms should I realistically be aiming at? I know my GPA is competitive for some of the better programs, but I'm afraid I'd be hampered because of my pre-med activities. Would any of the top firms (McKinsey, Bain, Deloitte...) be realistic? Or should I aim for one of the smaller firms? Also, I'm a URM if that makes any difference.
I was also wondering if anyone knew how to get more-hands on experience with consulting outside of interning at a firm; I'm not likely to find any internships this summer because I'm staying an extra year, and reading stuff on the internet can only take you so far when it comes to finding out if you can handle the pace, workload, travel (...) associated with consulting.