I'll be doing a summer internship at BCG San Francisco this summer. I'm wondering if this is a viable path towards working in private equity. My goal is to do 2 years of consulting after college and then look for an operationally focused private equity role after going to business school. Also, I'm interested in knowing how the PE exposure at the BCG SF office compares to the PE exposure at the NYC office?
Also, how do the PE exit opportunities for BCG compare to those at McKinsey or Bain? I realize that MBB consulting isn't as good a route to PE as investment banking(I don't want to do banking for various reasons, and I think I'd learn more and develop better skills doing consulting), but are the PE exit opportunities for IB really that much better than for MBB? Is it easy to pick up the financial modeling skills that are necessary for PE without doing IB?
On a slightly separate note, do large PE firms like Blackstone, KKR, and Apollo have workers that are not mostly focused on the financial 'deals', and instead are more focused on pre deal due diligence or creating operational improvements for portfolio companies?