Key Ways Spring Semester Prepared me for my Consulting Internship
Mark Geskermann, MBA ’16
By doing so, students marry their interests in consultancy with other specific, functional career disciplines – and gain both consulting skills as well as a deep understanding of a specific industry. This ensures a combination of both breadth and depth of knowledge related to the myriad business problems consultants will solve throughout their careers.
Our program provides structure to gaining necessary consulting skills and networking opportunities while preparing students for a wide range of consulting career options. Students also focus on consulting if they plan to pursue internal strategy roles or serve as consultants later in their careers.
Complex and ambiguous challenges epitomize business today, and we bring those challenges directly into the classroom for students to analyze. Examples can be seen in two rigorous and comprehensive courses: “Management Cases” for first-year students and the “Problem Solving Process for Consultants” for first and second-year students.
The Management Cases course features intense analysis of real-world cases that require students to analyze, structure, and present business problems and accompanying solutions. Students propose their findings as if they are presenting to a CEO and his or her team of executives, and receive feedback on both presentation skills and content. Students also meet executives from companies profiled in cases as well as management consultants. This course is taken by students in selected immersions to prepare for consulting and management career paths.
With a strong focus on both breadth and depth, students develop their individual analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills, among others. This starts with each student’s completion of the Core Curriculum during the first semester of their first year and builds with consulting courses, the depth of the immersion program, and real consulting opportunities.
Like the many cases we study that demand interdisciplinary solutions, we too require students to gain a diverse set of skills, knowledge, and experiences that can be applied throughout their consulting careers.
Students can also participate in BR Consulting, a student-run organization that provides consulting services to real clients. While the organization focuses on serving local and regional clients, it has worked with clients in locations around the world – and is highly focused on delivering practical solutions relevant to today’s marketplace for each client.
Recent consulting students completed MBA internships and have gone on to work full-time with prestigious consulting firms. Some examples include:
Mark Geskermann, MBA ’16
Agata Kostecka, MBA ‘11
Manager, Global Supply Chain Strategy, Gap Inc.
Alessandra Zielinski, MBA ‘11
Manager, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte
Michel El-Khoury, MBA ’12
Management Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Jennifer Le, MBA ’13
Consulting Club President, Teaching Assistant for Management Cases Course