Consulting Intern - tips for how to get a full time offer

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Hey guys,

This summer I am interning for a large IT company in their global services department in a consulting role. Of course I would like to end this summer with a full time offer. Does anyone have tips or advice on how to make a good impression and secure the coveted FT offer?

Simple question but I would love to hear your stories and advice.

PS - I am located in NYC and will be living in Hell's Kitchen so any tips of places for drinks and restaurants, please post them below

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Dec 31, 1969

Hows things on ur side? I haven't seen come across any threads on MBB consulting regarding how to convert internship to full time offer.

Dec 31, 1969

I have recently had a batch of 7 undergrad work with me, either as part of client teams or on knowledge development/ research projects. 2 the them managed to get full time offers. The key is to create visibility among partners and prove that you naturally blend into the firm culture. PM me, I might be able to help you if you give me more details.

Dec 31, 1969

Just had a group of new recruits start where I work recently. I think the rules for anyone starting out (intern, new hire, etc) are generally the same. As mbbdude says, the key is visibility and differentiation. A good way to do this is to take note of the pet peeves of your higher ups early on in your internship and differentiate yourself by doing the little things that save them from unnecessary waste of time.

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Dec 31, 1969

well the fact you made it that far means that your resume is good enough to get interviewed, just polish your case and interviews

Dec 31, 1969

son, you will get the interview first round. they basically interview anyone who submits a halfway decent resume. as for full-time, you need to brush up on those interview skills.

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Dec 31, 1969

They take about 1/3 to 1/4 of their FT class from SA's. So, yes. You should re-apply and you will probably do quite well. Do work on your cases over the summer though and get some experience of some sort.

Dec 31, 1969

Keep in touch with interviewers throughout the rest of the school year and summer.

Did you get any feedback from your interviewers?

Your stats seem competitive and if they gave you any constructive advice I would definitely make sure to improve on that for full time.

Dec 31, 1969

Thanks for all the candid responses. They said I need to clean up on structure of the cases, so will have to practice in that regard. Follow up question: I have 3 possible options for this summer: 1. Intern with a small asset management group, 2. intern with my school's investment office either here in the states or possibly in Germany, 3. intern with a non-MBB (Deloitte, Mercer or inhouse consulting for another firm). What would be the best option in preparation for full-time position and recruiting in the Fall?

Regards

Dec 31, 1969

3 looks like your best bet to me.

You might be given the option to have a "fast track" interview at the end of the summer... take it if it's available!

Dec 31, 1969

Agreed. #3 seems to fit better with your goals of MBB. Options 1 and 2 would not help you develop the relevant skills that will make you competitive for MBB as much as 3 would.

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Dec 31, 1969

No, 3 is the worst option since it will dilute your resume. I say whichever of the top two is more prestigious is what you should take. Having an experience on your resume that is far below the level of the job you're applying for is a bad thing. If it's a very close 2nd tier consulting co, that's fine. Any further down and I say no.

Dec 31, 1969

Mercer = Mercer Oliver Wyman? They're pretty solidly in the second tier, no?

Dec 31, 1969
ringtailedlemur:

Mercer = Mercer Oliver Wyman? They're pretty solidly in the second tier, no?

No, it's all be shaken up.

Mercer is now a human capital and outsourcing consultancy.

Oliver Wyman is now a pure strategy house. It has two parts. First, General Management Consultancy, which is growing quickly and increasing in prestige. The second part is Financial Services Consultancy, which is well established and the sector leader equal with McK.

Dec 31, 1969

Thanks for the clarification. I actually got an internship offer with OW: FS a while back, but still had no clue about the bigger picture organization of the oft-merged company.

Dec 31, 1969

Going back to my earlier point about different summer options, would interning in a small, German, boutique consulting firm (to give me a perspective on European consulting) be a better option than the other three?

Dec 31, 1969

just work for ow dude

Dec 31, 1969

the dude doesn't have an OW offer... read the thread

Dec 31, 1969

I like my mochas extra hot. If you fuck that up, you don't get to come back.

Dec 31, 1969

Just go into your project with a willingness to work hard. Go into all interactions with people in your firm with a humble attitude. Do those two things and you will be fine.

Dec 31, 1969

Do the pages assigned to you. Make them pretty. That's about it.

Find every good restaurant within walking / cabbing distance of client or hotel. Organize a dinner at least once or twice a week.

Dec 31, 1969

Work smart, not just hard. Seek feedback on your slides and analysis with frequency, and check-in to make sure your Engagement Manager knows what you're doing. The single worst thing you can do is surprise somebody - consultants really don't like surprises. At the same time, you're going to want to use your brain to figure things out. They hired you because they think you're really intelligent - don't prove them wrong =)

Also, be yourself when it comes to social stuff. If you genuinely want to organize dinners, by all means go for it, but if its not authentic you'll just come off looking like a tool. You don't get an offer or a rejection based on how much you ingratiate yourself.

Dec 31, 1969

Don't drink if you're not 21.

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