The office culture is very fun and sociable while still promoting a high level of professionalism and integrity. There were numerous opportunities to network with all levels of management in both structured and unstructured settings. The location in downtown DC is very desirable, and the pay is competitive. Hours are mostly flexible, with 10AM-4PM considered the necessary "core" hours; otherwise, employees and interns generally base their hours around their personal preferences and those of their current project team, if applicable.
The case-based nature of the work means that some interns have less exciting assignments than others; some members of the 2012 intern class worked on several different cases throughout the summer while others worked on just one or two.
Advice to Potential Interns
Anyone interested in the rigorous world of economic consulting and desiring a smaller, privately held firm should consider Bates White. Management and rank-and-file employees are very accessible and willing to speak frankly about the advantages and disadvantages of working for the firm, so potential interns should take advantage of any opportunity to connect with them before, during, and after the interview process.