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Bain & Co. offers summer internship programs for top-performing undergraduate and MBA students. The company’s formula for success is simple: it hires immensely talented people and gives them the resources they need to be happy and great at what they do. And it all starts with a summer internship.
Over a 10-week period, Summer Associate interns gain in-depth training in the critical skills needed for strategic business thinking, and get continuous hands-on learning through full-time immersion on a Bain case team. Through real casework, interns gain a thorough understanding of a client’s operations, industry, and the business challenges it faces. From board meetings to team meetings, interns will experience every part of life at Bain.
In addition to case work, every one of Bain’s Summer Associate interns experience the firm's comprehensive training—which starts with an immersive off-site program on Cape Cod. This training, combined with a commitment to mentoring and coaching, sets interns up for success over the course of the summer. From day one, each intern is paired with a consultant and a member of the leadership team who become their personal advocates. Interns also have many opportunities to meet the broader team through networking, educational events, and social impact activities.
The firm recommends that prospective interns follow Bain's blog and social media feeds to learn more about its remarkable summer offering.
There are two types of internships at Bain & Company:
Associate Consultant Intern (ACI) - Top-performing undergraduate students (typically between their third and fourth year) at a well-known institution and master's candidates considering a management consulting career after graduation should apply to be an ACI.
Summer Associate (SA) - MBAs or joint-advanced-degree candidates pursuing an MBA (e.g., JD/MBA, MD/MBA) at a well-known institution who would like to experience the real world of consulting while getting insight into what a future with Bain would be like should apply for the SA role.
However, it's not just about GPAs and Magna Cum Laudes. We're looking for all-rounders — independent thinkers who thrive as part of a team. We recognize that everyone is different and everyone will bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to the team, but here are the essential skills we'll be looking for...
PROBLEM SOLVING - Strong problem-solving skills may come in the form of team experience, academic achievement, group involvement or personal projects.
THE ABILITY TO LEAD - Demonstrated leadership, whether through work, school or extracurricular activities, frames your application in a favorable light.
RESULTS DELIVERY - We want to see how you've been instrumental in making a quantifiable difference to an organization, project or team's success. And that you're able to present it articulately.
PASSION - Passionate people bring energy to client engagements and to Bain, helping both groups achieve extraordinary outcomes.
Bain & Company
131 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116
Number of Interns: 101 or more
Duration: 6 to 12 weeks
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students, Business School Students