The Boston Consulting Group Summer Internship Program

4.6 of 5 stars Overall Intern Rating (111 Intern Reviews)

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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Experienced outstanding dedication to developing, challenging, and supporting the individual, a real community


Uppers

Office mates and friends, hanging out on the weekends, Starwood points and flying business class


Downers

It can be challenging to adjust to the time management - you manage your own hours which can be long, but are much better when managed well and balanced against sleep, etc.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you care about integrity, creativity and critically thinking about how to deliver value for a client, BCG is a good fit work-wise. If you like being around sociable, friendly, extremely smart people who are absolutely dedicated to sharing their experiences, BCG is a good fit people-wise.


Advice to Management

It would be great to have more senior women role models


Would You Recommend

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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Amazing people; impactful work; excellent opportunities and growth


Uppers

1. Quality of the people in the firm and the support they give interns 2. Development opportunities 3. Perks / benefits


Downers

It being client services


Advice to Potential Interns

Try to get a sense for the firm and office culture


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Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Brilliant colleagues, balanced lifestyle


Uppers

Helpful and collaborative colleagues, wealth of support and enrichment opportunities


Downers

Irregularity of working hours


Advice to Potential Interns

Think different


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Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

The juice was worth the squeeze: BCG is as good as advertised.


Uppers

Varied work experience, good exposure to an actual case and responsbilities, ample opportunities to determine fit with the office


Downers

Some content of the in-office portion of training during orientation could have been more effectively delivered in pre-read slides.


Advice to Potential Interns

Take a large sample and determine if you are a true fit with the people of the organization, not just the brand prestige.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

A rewarding and stretching learning experience


Uppers

Steep learning curve. Expected to do real work.


Downers

Nothing negative to say. I've really enjoyed my time. Honest truth.


Advice to Potential Interns

Can't think of anything I'd rather do out of undergrad.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

When everyone in the office including the partners say they're jealous of the interns, pay attention.


Uppers

Summer Intern Events (happy hours, summer architectural boat tour, Second City, Partner Intern Dinner, Cubs Game, BBQ, etc.), Passport lunches (free lunches where you can take a partner or principle out to lunch), Office retreat to Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan, sponsored significant other visit during the summer, ability to take ownership on a module, ideas treated with respect and interest even though you are young, interesting intelligent and down-to-earth people surrounding you


Downers

Sometimes it is intimidating being surrounded by very competent, fast, and intelligent people on your case team who seem to know exactly what they are doing, where you find yourself struggling to keep up when usually things come easy. I feel very intellectually challenged, but I think that is a good thing too.


Advice to Potential Interns

This job is both intellectually challenging, yet they really care about their people and try to make the job as sustainable as possible. They realize that getting the internship is very challenging and that gives you street cred as you walk in the door.


Advice to Management

N/A


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Providing impact even during short 10 week internship


Uppers

the case team, the people, engagement with partners


Downers

I didn't get to travel


Advice to Potential Interns

the case interview is very similar to the actual job


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Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Great introduction into consulting.


Uppers

Working with other smart, talented, and nice people.


Downers

The hours can be long sometimes.


Advice to Potential Interns

Ask for feedback from your supervisor.


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Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Impactful experience at the highest levels of business while being surrounded by very intelligent people.


Uppers

The particular office/system I was a part of had very friendly, personable, and intelligent people. The consultants on my particular team were very helpful and incredibly good at their job, which allowed me to learn from them. The problems we were solving were interesting and at the top of the senior management's agenda. The clients we were working with and presenting to were at the highest levels of major companies. The level of responsibility given to interns was substantial and allowed for a great learning curve. The resources were provided to us (feedback, training, knowledge teams) to help us succeed in the internship.


Downers

Anything here would be nitpicky, the internship is the best you can get in my opinion if you are interested in consulting, or business in general.


Advice to Potential Interns

Work hard during the interview process to get the job - It is well worth it in the end. However, make sure you are truly passionate about consulting and the work consultants do, otherwise you may balk when hours get long.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

The perfect transition from education to professional growth


Uppers

The people, the content, the skills, the responsibility, the training, the support, the perks, the work/life balance, the respect, the other interns, the travel, the location, the feedback


Downers

Nothing specific comes to mind!


Advice to Potential Interns

Ask lots of questions, speak up, listen well, stay calm and in control, be humble, ask for help, this is the best place to grow and accelerate your career


Advice to Management

No specific advice comes to mind


Would You Recommend

Yes


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