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Cornerstone Research Summer Associate Program
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Summer/Visiting Associates

Summer/visiting associates are typically current doctoral or MBA students who join the firm for eight to twelve weeks prior to graduation. The summer/visiting associate role mirrors that of a new full-time associate and is designed to give current students a first-hand look into Cornerstone Research.

While many summer/visiting associates choose to join us during the summer, the timing and duration of this position are flexible and can be arranged at any time over the summer or during the academic year. Correspondingly, we accept and review applications for summer/visiting associate positions on a rolling basis.

Learn More About the Associate Role

Associates are at the core of our high-performing project and practice development teams. As an associate you will apply academic training and experience to address the challenging issues that arise in high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters:

  • Identify key theoretical issues
  • Formulate appropriate empirical strategies
  • Guide research efforts
  • Perform sophisticated data analysis

We invest heavily in our associates’ professional development. All associates have peer mentors and experienced advisors who provide personalized career guidance. As an associate, you work on projects that support your career development. Our associates develop business acumen, consulting capabilities, team management, leadership, and relationship experience through ongoing learning programs, feedback, and mentoring by more experienced consultants.

Associate candidates are typically doctoral or MBA students nearing the completion of their degrees and with extensive training in economics, finance, or a related field, such as accounting or marketing. Candidates must have the ability to apply relevant analytical frameworks to real-world issues and present concise explanations of complex analyses. The ideal candidate has demonstrated strong analytical, communication, and teamwork skills; CPAs, CFAs, and candidates with training in analytical finance are strongly encouraged to apply.

Read more about the Associate position.

Your Professional Development

We believe that strong skills develop best through practical experience. Every case brings the opportunity to learn new skills. Our team-based approach emphasizes a combination of collaboration and individual initiative supported by professional development programs and mentoring. This approach allows you to work with and learn from colleagues at all levels of the firm as well as from leading academic and industry experts.

At Cornerstone Research, you will receive extensive orientation and training programs that focus on sophisticated analytical and statistical techniques. In addition to casework, you gain professional development through focused and ongoing training programs, such as:

  • Annual, tenure-based training
  • Cornerstone College
  • Brown-bag lunch sessions
  • Specialized mentoring by experienced associates and senior consultants