How to Get a Consulting Internship

Are you a student with your heart set on becoming a consultant? If so, getting a summer internship at a consulting firm will help you to achieve your goal. In this post, we will share tips on how to get a consulting internship. 

Ways to strengthen your consulting internship application

Here are some tips for making a successful consulting internship application:

1. Do some Pro Bono consulting work

Look out for opportunities to do some voluntary consulting work. As a university student, there are a few organisations that you can join to gain consulting experience. 

Here are some examples:

180 Degrees Consulting

180 Degrees consulting provides socially conscious organisations with consulting services. The organisation connects top university students with companies in need of consulting services to help with improving marketing, expansion, measure impact and more. 

There are many benefits of joining 180 Degrees consulting:

  • Gain hands-on work experience
  • Get professional training 
  • Experience what a career in consulting would be like
  • Develop your problem-solving skills

Visit their website to find out how you can apply to become a consultant at 180 Degrees Consulting

First Step Consulting 

First step consulting is a non-profit social enterprise. It helps organisations to refine their business strategies and capitalise on growth opportunities. 

Students can volunteer as a management consulting volunteer. 89% of First Step Consulting volunteers report feeling more confident about their career prospects after completing the programme. 

Fill out this application to become a pro bono management consultant 

How to get a consulting internship top tip: Gaining these voluntary experiences will help you to develop a wide range of skills that are required for consultants such as problem-solving and communication skills. 

Having this experience will help your CV to stand out and boost your internship application.

2: Complete a virtual consulting internship

You can complete a virtual consulting internship online on a site called InsideSherpa.

InsideSherpa hosts a wide range of company-backed, free open access virtual internships.

A wide range of top companies have joined the platform to host their virtual internships and digital experiences.

Here are some free virtual consulting experiences that you may be interested in:

Deloitte Tech Consulting Virtual Internship – on this programme, you’ll learn about cloud engineering, tech strategy & innovation and optimisation and delivery. This programme takes between 5-6 hours to complete.

Accenture Future Innovator in Training – this programme will give you an insight into what it is like working on a project that mirrors the skills the team members at Accenture demonstrate in the workplace.

InsideSherpa have specific guidelines outlining how to include this experience on your CV.

These experiences will demonstrate your passion for a career in consulting and show that you have an idea of what the job will entail.

3. Attend Networking Events and open days

Attending networking events will give you the opportunity to speak to professionals in the industry directly. Getting first-hand insights from consultants will help you to send higher-quality consulting internship applications.

Many of the top consultancy firms attend careers fairs and host open days.

Join Bright Network

Bright Network hosts several events each year specifically for students who aspire to become consultants.

The events give students the opportunity to meet staff from consulting companies.

You can then mention your attendance to these events on your CV and LinkedIn profile.

4. Understand what type of consulting role you would like to go into

Consulting is the professional practice of providing an organisation with expert advice.

Consultants work in a wide range of industries. They typically specialise in a specific area such as:

  • Management consulting
  • Strategy consulting
  • Technology consulting
  • Human resource consulting

Tip: when sending your consulting internship application, make it clear that you understand the different types of consulting roles.

5. Prepare adequately for your consulting internship

You will need to pass interviews in order to successfully get a place on a consulting internship programme.

Consulting interviews are typically split into two halves: a personal interview and case study questions.

It is really important that you understand the structure of the interview and what graduate recruiters are looking for.

Get Interview Coaching

Performing highly in interviews is a lifelong skill. As we are not taught how to do well in interviews during our academic careers, many students and graduates find them difficult. You can give yourself a competitive advantage in interviews by getting interview coaching.

Here at Graduate Coach, we offer interview coaching for students and graduates who aspire to become consultants. We have helped candidates to get offers from professional services companies such as PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and Accenture.

We hope our guide on how to get a consulting internship has been useful. Consulting internships and graduate schemes are very competitive so it is important to make your application stand out.

FAQs

How to get a consulting internship with no experience?

If you would like to apply for consulting internships but do not have any experience yet, leverage the transferable skills from your extracurricular or academic experiences. You can also complete a virtual consulting internship within 5-6 hours on InsideSherpa to provide you with some insights into consulting.

When should I apply for consulting internships?

Consulting summer internships at large companies are usually open for students in their second year of university to apply for.

How to get an internship at BCG

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is an American management consultancy firm. With over 90 offices in 50 different countries.

Consulting interns at BCG generally spend 2-3 months with the firm. Some interns at BCG get the opportunity to travel giving them the opportunity to meet other interns.

Find out more about how to apply for the consulting internship at BCG here.

Graduating this summer and worried about finding a job? Read this.

If you are graduating this summer and worried about finding a job, don’t. Here are some of the best things you can do to prepare yourself.

All those lectures over. No more course assignments. Hanging out with your buddies in the student bar is a thing of the past. Now you’ve got to find a job.

Graduating can feel scary.

You may feel alone and worried about how to find that first graduate job.

Well, the best thing you can do for yourself is to take a deep breath and stop panicking over…

…what job you should do…

If you already know what type of job you want to do that’s a good start but if not, you shouldn’t be too concerned about that either. During the first few years after graduating most people don’t know what they want to do or, if they do, end up changing their minds about their career choices. Use this time to learn more about yourself and to explore your skills in a work environment. One of the most important distinctions between university life and working life is to understand that the latter is much more self-determined. There are no programme leaders to set agendas for you or to lead you by the hand. You must decide what you will learn and how far it will take you.

…not having the right skills…

Don’t worry over whether or not you have the skills to do that job right now. What’s more important is to know how and where you are going to acquire those skills. The journey to building the skills you need is just as important as getting them as it gets you in the right frame of mind to make the most of this important stage of your life and career. What I mean by this is that if you know you are on the journey to building your skills then you’ll recognise opportunities as they come up and know what to do with them when you see them. And, besides, you’ll enjoy the journey much better.

…how and where to build the sort of skills you need…

Find an internship position where you can begin to develop, grow and build up your work experience. Look for an internship position in a field or industry that holds some interest for you. Internships opportunities are much better than they used to be in the past and will at least pay you something around an entry level wage. Once you land your internship seek to learn all you can about:

  • The company and how it ticks – what makes it stand out? Do you understand its branding, how it makes its money, what makes it different to its competitors?
  • The different departments in the company – how do these department work and fit interdependently with each other? Where does your own department fit?
  • Build networks – who is who and who does what? How does your own role help other people do their jobs well, and is there anything you can do (without stepping too far out of line) to improve that?

…about money or about not finding the type of internship you really want…

Counter this by finding a job. If you can’t find an internship in the area of your interest find any other job, full or part time, as long as you are working. I’m inclined to say find any job that helps you to build as many of the following skills as possible (and, by the way, these are skills you should also be looking to build during any internship):

  • Communication skills (written or verbal but preferably both) – writing articles or reports, doing presentations and speaking to members of the public, colleagues, suppliers… anyone in a professional context.
  • Business awareness – this also covers customer service skills and knowing how to be professional when working with clients, suppliers and colleagues. It also includes understanding and fitting in with the company’s culture.
  • Resilience – staying on task no matter how hard things become and being determined to learn whatever skills you need to master in order to do your job well. You must be sensible however not to do anything that jeopardises your long-term health and wellbeing.
  • Numeracy skills – yes, seeking out and using numbers, charts, statistics and other data for practical purposes, but also seeking opportunities develop your analytical, critical and creative thinking and skills. This includes good research skills.
  • IT skills – you must know how to use software packages to help you do your job better. You’ll also need awareness of online tools (social media, online marketing skills and basic coding or website building skills).
  • Entrepreneurship skills – an entrepreneur is resourceful, comes up with good workable ideas and knows how to motivate others to get on board to make those ideas work. Be a good leader.
  • Problem solving skills – never throw your hands up in the air when facing a problem at work but look for ways to solve them. This may include getting help from other people, but you should always present your need for help with at least some ideas of your own on how to solve the problem you’re facing.
  • Self-management – using your own initiative and managing your own time and work load are important skills if you want to get ahead in your graduate career. You must be a good organiser and planner.
  • Teamwork – whatever job you do it is likely that it will involve working with other people so get your teamwork skills up to scratch. Teamwork is about doing whatever is required to get the team objective done. It’s not just about you.
employability skills include business awareness, communication, entrepreneurship, IT skills, numeracy, problem solving, resilience, self-management, teamwork

…about what to do while waiting for any of the above to happen…

There are a few other things you can do to build your skills while you are looking for the right internship or job. You can:

  • Volunteer – another great way to develop the skills you need for your graduate career is to volunteer. Volunteering can open doors to valuable opportunities to develop the experience you need, and you can offer as many or as few hours as you have free. Again, seek to grow in the direction of the areas listed above.
  • Start a blog or online project / business – with WordPress it is easy to set up your own blog or website selling products online. This will give you the opportunity to develop many of the skills listed above and, who knows, you may even end up making lots of money or becoming famous! Ok, maybe not. But at least it will give you the opportunity to develop important skills in marketing, communication, customer service, problem solving, resilience and other important aptitudes you can list on your CV.

Remember, nothing happens by accident. You have to strategically create the opportunities you want to see in your life. Don’t spend the summer sitting on your laurels and bemoaning the fact that you can’t find the job you want. Keep yourself busy building valuable experience and confidence and the doors will open for you.

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3 promising signs for the future of graduate employment

A hundred thousand 16- to 24-year-olds unemployed, 49 per cent of graduates never gaining a graduate level job, and half of employers saying that graduates lack vital work-ready skills – bleak reports abound and yet we see at least three signs that point to a promising future for graduate employment.

With employers keen to find ways to access to the widest possible talent pool and universities knowing that their survival depends on creating better employment outcomes for their graduates, this is quite possibly the best of times for graduates looking for work.

We have seen a noticeable shift in effort with both sides actively looking for ways to create better opportunities for vocational training. It places graduates in a favourable position to get the help they need.

Sign 1: More employers and universities are working together, better.

We have seen a renewed determination from employers to work more effectively with universities to help graduates develop the skills they need for employment. Universities and employers have been working together for years but with little progress and often with both sides feeling that the other should do more. Recent research from City & Guilds shows that more than half of the employers surveyed would like to be more involved in developing qualifications to build a stronger link between education and business needs, and almost 80 per cent of employers believe that work experience is essential to get young people ready for work.

Sign 2: More programmes to help graduates become work-ready.

This is leading to an increase in the number of programmes to help improve the quality and range of ways young people can acquire the skills they need. One of these is the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership’s (FLSP) Graduate Foundation College (GFC), aimed at those who have graduated but are still struggling to secure full time employment. The GFC gives initial training to graduates before a three-month internship at a financial advisory firm and is part funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). There are also virtual programmes like GetInGetOn, a programme that enables young people to find out more about the financial services and to develop the skills and knowledge that employers want via e-career mentors. Another would be the University of East London whose careers centre are doing some rather innovative things to help Graduates into jobs.

Sign 3: More and better quality internship training programmes

Another promising sign is better quality internships. This week, the FLSP joined the call for companies to pay greater attention to the benefits that can be created by paid internships. They said more companies, including SMEs, are looking at creating internships opportunities. This is particularly good news for graduates and could change the face of internship training where this method gaining the experience you need to get a job is no longer looked upon as the poor cousin of the graduate programme. Just a few weeks ago during a gathering of universities and employers this question around quality paid internships was also raised. Employers and recruiters are saying that if we are serious about helping graduates to skill up then we need to create an internship culture that can meet their needs.

If every company took just one apprentice or intern, it would instantly address the youth unemployment level, which is still unacceptably high,

It would also help companies to adequately plan for growth in a recovering economy, buoyed by talented young people with sights set on success.

Liz Field, CEO of the FLSP

We are pretty confident that activity in these three areas will increase as firms and universities look for ways to solve the problem around graduate recruitment. It is in the interests of both sides to work together to create opportunities for graduates to develop the employability skills they need. This can only spell good news for the future of graduate employment.

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