Where do I even begin? There are so many aspects of the internship that were amazing. You learn an incredible amount in the course of ten weeks (both information about certain industries, analysis techniques, hard skills such as STATA). You are given opportunities to grow and develop in many different ways (not just in consultant/analysis skills). Through the fundraising event and the case study, you'll have chances to learn to be a leader, to organize, coordinate, and plan a large-scale event. You get to have lots of fun on all the events that are planned: sailing trip, box seats at a Nats game, bowling with the managers, and even more. You get to meet a lot of the higher level partners/managers in the firm and are given so many opportunities to pick their brains and to ask for advice on career choice during the speaker series. Most importantly, you get to be surrounded by some of the most amazing, kind, funny, talented, and intelligent individuals you'll ever meet. Throughout my ten weeks there, I felt valued. I felt like everyone at the firm genuinely cared about me, my experience, and my work, and that really contributed to my experience at Bates White.
Sometimes the work was a bit spiky, so you would get periods of time where there isn't that much to do, and periods of time where you are crazy busy. That is really more a function of the industry itself and is not specific to Bates White. Management tries its best to make this less of a problem by providing you with sponsors that can help you find more work when there is not a lot, and help relieve the stress when the work is amping up.
Advice to Potential Interns
You should be interested in quantitative work, and also interested in economics (there's a reason this is economic consulting, and not management consulting!). If data analysis, coding, and econometrics are not things you're interested in, this probably won't be the place for you. The work standard here is also quite rigorous and academic.
Advice to Management
I don't think there's really anything really that management should change at this point--everything is really good as is. I have heard some complaints about the overtarget compensation structure, but that didn't really apply to interns. Maybe provide more concrete options for things to do when the work is slow?
Sample Interview Questions
Why economic consulting?
Questions about writing sample.
What was the hardest part about your past internship? Why was it hard? How would you approach it differently now?