The best way to transfer offices from internship to FT

I'm interning with an MBB in NJ, but I hope to be in DC long-term. (The decision to be in NJ was made because of the pandemic/uncertainty.) Once/if I receive a full-time offer, how can I start to make the move to DC? Should I stay quiet about where I want to be for a bit or start a conversation early? I know the popularity/demand of an office plays a heavy role in whether you're granted a permanent transfer or not, and I'm not sure how DC compares. I'd be willing to stay in NJ for up to 2 years post-grad, meaning I'd start to look for something else that would get me to DC - maybe apply to another MBB if it comes to it. What's the best way to make it to DC?

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  • Intern in Consulting
Dec 11, 2020 - 8:18pm

Which MBB you're at probably changes the answer to your question - some are much more mobile than others

  • Prospect in Consulting
Dec 11, 2020 - 8:52pm

NJ is actually one of the more desired offices because you can still live in NYC so a lot of people go for it. Definitely less people going for DC. If you just ask, you can probably get it (though no guarantees). Much harder to switch into non-NYC to NYC area office.

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  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Dec 15, 2020 - 8:39pm

Most of the transfer demand is directed towards SF, NYC, and Chicago. If you're at McKinsey then they'll probably let you transfer regardless of target office demand. If you're at Bain or BCG, I don't think they should have an issue with moving you to DC. 

  • Summer Associate in Consulting
Dec 16, 2020 - 2:53am

When you say they shouldn't have a problem moving me, are you working under the impression that I wait some time before bringing up transferring or ask when I receive a full time offer?

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