Professional development and mentorship: Every week, I would have at least three meetings with people at different levels of the firm asking me how I was doing, if I had any concerns or questions, etc. The support system was incredible.
Work: I was doing meaningful case work-- everything I did contributed to a project, and I never found myself doing "busy work".
Prospect of getting full time offer: If you perform well during the summer, then you have a good chance at receiving a full time offer after the program ends, which is very rewarding.
Other perks: There were lots of networking events-- bowling with managers, happy hour with principals, dinner with partners, scavenger hunt, pod group outing, lunch speaker series, where the summer consultants could meet people across different practice areas. Many people at Bates White are intellectuals at heart, and I enjoyed talking to people about their interests and career paths.
This is fairly standard for any employee in the client services industry, but there were weeks where I worked long hours-- which felt exhausting after several nights in a row.
Advice to Potential Interns
When you are thinking about Bates White, evaluate what kind of skills you want to develop. If you want to sharpen your technical skills and learn how to work well in teams under pressing deadlines, then this could be the place for you. If you have any interest in litigation processes, such as antitrust cases involving cartels or mergers evaluations between two very prominent companies, then you may find the work very interesting. You can get exposure to a wide range of industries. However, if you are looking for a lot of client interaction, you generally do not get a lot of that at economic consulting firms until you become a manager. Exit options are terrific: people at Bates White get accepted into the top programs for MBA, law, or PhD (often in economics). Others stay at Bates White, go into tech, or even leave to start a career in fashion, you name it...