The Boston Consulting Group Summer Internship Program

4.6 of 5 stars Overall Intern Rating (144 Intern Reviews)

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4.9 of 5 stars

Absolute best way to spend your summer.
Chicago, IL | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Opportunity to do real, impactful work and "own" your own piece of the case- incredible responsibility for a summer intern. Wonderful people, learning and development opportunities, and lots of fun summer activities.


Downers

Only downside was being on a "local" case that required about 1.5 hours of horrible traffic / car travel per day to a suburb. All substantive parts of the experience were wonderful.


Advice to Potential Interns

A bit less of a "party culture" than some of the major firms, but still a ton of fun and filled wth awesome people. In fact, I'd say more substantive relationships because there is a bit less of an emphasis on the party culture.


Advice to Management

From the perspective of a summer intern, everything is already incredible in terms of being a great place to work.


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5.0 of 5 stars

Interns, royalty of the office
Chicago, IL | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

To list a few:

- Frequent interactions with industry leaders within the firm

- Emphasis on cultivating a culture of support

- Opportunities to be an owner of a small part of the project, with support at hand if needed

- Culture of constant feedback

- Constant search for ways to make internship enjoyable

- High (~100%) offer rates for full-time


Downers

Honestly, there was not a single part of the internship that did not meet of exceed expectations.


Advice to Potential Interns

BCG provides great support in entering the management consulting industry and works really hard to cater to your growth needs.


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4.8 of 5 stars

A chance to shape the future and make an impact on the world while supporting my personal growth through apprenticeship and collaboration.
Dallas, TX | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The best aspects:

• Challenging work environment with significant learning opportunities

• Plenty of opportunities for fun and relaxation through intern events and office-wide events

• Support from every person each and every BCGer along the way


Downers

The worst aspects:

• Demanding and difficult client

• Getting comfortable with the consulting working environment

• Being new in a job and learning to ramp up fast


Advice to Potential Interns

Remember that you are new to the job and you may find it unsettling to work in a new environment on the top of the challenging case work. Your case team will not ask you to solve the entire client problem on the first day; you will be given small tasks to complete and you will ramp up slowly, so do not get frustrated by the mundane tasks that you have to complete the first few weeks of your internship. Your summer case assignment may not be your dream case, but do not let that sour your summer experience; you are new to consulting so you do not have the leverage to be picky before you have established a strong reputation for yourself. Lastly, because consulting is a case-based work environment, there is no typical day nor is there a typical case. Talk with other interns and consultants to get a greater understanding of all the opportunities at the firm.


Advice to Management

Provide more formally organized avenues for summer consultants to interact with Partners and ask question. Whether this is a lunch, a dinner, or a happy hour, give consultants more one-on-one opportunities with Partners or even senior principals. Also, establish more organized training program for interns. While interns are only there for a ten weeks, put more effort into utilizing the best consultants to train the summer consultants.


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5.0 of 5 stars

Perfect balance between hands on experience and social programming.
Boston, MA | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Well run program, interesting and value add case work, good team and intern events.


Downers

Variability in hours across interns affected attendance at some affiliation events.


Advice to Potential Interns

Definitely go for it. It's a great experience.


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4.8 of 5 stars

BCG Summer Internships: Honesty over Selling.
Dallas, TX | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The realistic nature of the work. Seeing my work presented to clients and being able to relly own my modules. The expectation for an intern is high, and they treat you like a full-time employee, making for a steep improvement in your performence in the first few weeks.


Downers

The summer experience depends heavily on the project manager and case that the intern is staffed on. Therefore, the intern must try to extrapolate an average of all the cases over the summer instead of referring to his/her own.


Advice to Potential Interns

Find someone to trust in the company--someone who will be honest with you and walk besides you with your concerns and doubts. It makes for a much more comfortable experience.


Advice to Management

Training could be a bit more rigorous to lessen the learning curve.


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4.8 of 5 stars

On your mark, get set....Go!
Dallas, TX | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people, stimulating projects, full-time responsibilities, predictable time off (PTO), team and company events


Downers

Long hours and sometimes relentless pace


Advice to Potential Interns

The opportunities for personal development are great. The number of hours can be high.


Advice to Management

Manage expectations of long hours up front.


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4.8 of 5 stars

Intellectually challenging and fulfilling work with every supportive resource to help you reach your full potential
Chicago, IL | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Intellectually challenging work with real world consequences, incredible mentorship and development opportunities, great and supportive work environment with smart, caring colleagues, opportunities to interact with senior firm leadership on a daily basis, limitless learning potential


Downers

It's definitely hard work and that is sometimes exhausting.


Advice to Potential Interns

This is a summer experience for people who want to learn, challenge themselves and are open to bettering themselves. There is also a strong element of community.


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4.8 of 5 stars

The best training ground - rapid personal and professional development in a supportive, collaborative and fun environment
Los Angeles, CA | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I really like the people I work with. Everyone is very friendly and supportive even if I have never spoken with him/her before. I know that I can walk into anyone's office and ask them a quick question and they would never say no.

I also like how exciting the job is. They know what I'm capable of doing and slowly pushes me by giving me challenges that I can handle. A lot of this job is on-the-job mentorship and training, which BCG does really well. We are also encouraged to meet senior people in the company.

The summer class is very close-knit - we hang out during summer activities hosted by BCG but also host our own activities together outside of work.

Feedback is highly valued in this company and is one of the main ingredients for the huge learning curve on the job.


Downers

A huge group of summer interns started on the same date making it hard for everyone to get staffed on a case on day 1. I would like to have more oversight on what I would be working on. I also think we have really good exposure / opportunities to meet senior people, but would also like to get to know more associates and consultants.


Advice to Potential Interns

1. BCG truly likes to help each other. It is a very supportive culture and everyone helps each other even if he/she is very busy. Rarely anyone says no when asked for help.

2. BCG consultants and office assistants appreciate each other. Consultants are encouraged to get to know office assistants as well in addition to meeting other consultants at the company.

3. BCG strongly emphasizes feedback. You need to be able to take feedback and act upon feedback in order to succeed. There will always be room for improvements.

4. You will always be on your feet. BCG never lets you feel too comfortable - they will always give you something that will push you a little further.


Advice to Management

Possibly include some training throughout the summer. The days of training in the beginning was helpful, except it was hard to understand how it applies to the job until you start working on a case.


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5.0 of 5 stars

awesome
San Francisco, CA | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

engagement with managers at clients and a great team to work with at the firm


Downers

a few of the days had very long hours and difficult deadlines


Advice to Potential Interns

consider how willing you are to travel and deal with uncertainty


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5.0 of 5 stars

Wonderful opportunities #1 consulting firm in terms of culture and work-life balance
Chicago, IL | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Social events and networking


Downers

Unpredictability of travel


Advice to Potential Interns

If you get through the grueling process, enjoy the ride


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