The team I was on was great. I never had trouble with anyone. Everyone wanted to help and was excited to work with me. I was surprised by how much trust they put in me and did my best to not let them down. I also enjoyed the perks (free food Monday - Thursday, free admission to local museums, fun happy hours) of the job and thought the opportunity to travel was valuable.
The travel was terrible. Even though I was just flying from Chicago to Detroit every week, the irregular routine that consulting imposed on my life wasn't something I could take. I never had time to work out, was forced to eat bad food in a rush, and didn't enjoy working in healthcare. Health care was a boring industry, and I have no passion for it. There is no innovation in health care revenue cycle, and this aspect of the work drove me crazy.
Advice to Potential Interns
If you are an engineering student on the fence about engineering or consulting, definitely try this internship. It will give you a true taste of the consulting lifestyle and help you figure out just how much you like engineering. For me, I missed solving actual complex problems rather than the silly ones that plague health care revenue. Also, be cautious if you are someone who enjoys having a routine and appreciates a work/life balance. In consulting, there is no true "end of the work day"; sure you leave the client office, but there is still the expectation that you be available to work from the hotel.
Advice to Management
I would cap the amount of work employees can do in a day. While the company may expect people to just stop when they need a break, there are some managers and directors who won't stop working and put pressure on associates to work just as much as them, i.e. 10+ hrs per day. That is ridiculous!
Sample Interview Questions
Tell about a time when you solved a problem by analyzing data.