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Is there a contact with McKinsey & Company to set up an internship.

Veteran

Kyle Owens Sanford, NC

I am looking to do an internship in consulting as I transition from the Army. I would like to do it with McKinsey in the Charlotte office if it is even possible. Just looking for a contact to see if it is even possible.

14 June 2022 5 replies Education & Training

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Advisor

Matt Johnson Chicago, IL

McKinsey and EY-Parthenon are the only strategy consulting firms I’m aware of in Charlotte. The internship process is very formal and begins at either a target undergraduate institution (juniors), during the first year at a top 25 MBA program, or by making connections at the Service Academy Career Conference for networking and follow-on interview. There is no route in directly from service.

You would expect to compete with your MBA peers (roughly 1/3 of MBAs go into consulting and maybe 5-7% of applicants get an offer from a single firm so it’s rough). You would be given a behavioral interview and a case interview to test your business acumen and analytical skill - which is a big differentiator. Most people live or die by the case - there’s a lot of Type 2 error and that’s accepted for strategy consulting firms to maintain their elite image.

Victor Chang has free case interview prep materials available on his website but you’ll need to prepare with a professional to start. 1st year MBAs start prepping with 2nd years who have successfully interned, before practicing with each other. We tell vets that it usually takes about 40 cases to be “ready”, allowing 30min to prep and 30min for careful debrief.

Start by connecting with current consulting professionals and get to know the landscape. Vets on LinkedIn will usually be open to a coffee chat discussing themselves, but also check Veterati and Sevice2School for the MBA route.

Advisor

Matt Johnson Chicago, IL

McKinsey and EY-Parthenon are the only strategy consulting firms I’m aware of in Charlotte. The internship process is very formal and begins at either a target undergraduate institution (juniors), during the first year at a top 25 MBA program, or by making connections at the Service Academy Career Conference for networking and follow-on interview. There is no route in directly from service.

You would expect to compete with your MBA peers (roughly 1/3 of MBAs go into consulting and maybe 5-7% of applicants get an offer from a single firm so it’s rough). You would be given a behavioral interview and a case interview to test your business acumen and analytical skill - which is a big differentiator. Most people live or die by the case - there’s a lot of Type 2 error and that’s accepted for strategy consulting firms to maintain their elite image.

Victor Chang has free case interview prep materials available on his website but you’ll need to prepare with a professional to start. 1st year MBAs start prepping with 2nd years who have successfully interned, before practicing with each other. We tell vets that it usually takes about 40 cases to be “ready”, allowing 30min to prep and 30min for careful debrief.

Start by connecting with current consulting professionals and get to know the landscape. Vets on LinkedIn will usually be open to a coffee chat discussing themselves, but also check Veterati and Sevice2School for the MBA route.

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Gary Rossi Napa, CA

Kyle - Use LinkedIn reach out and see who at McKinsey is on LinkedIn namely in the Chalotte area, use a tailored connection request and Network into a position - Network, Network, network till you get into the door - do not forget to craft your 90 second commercial. What else I can also offer is my broad and deep LinkedIn network of business professionals for networking purposes especially informational interviews. Here is my profile to reach out and connect - https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyrossibaldrigecoach/ Wish you the very best. Gary

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Tim Feemster Dallas, TX

Richard has great advice. I would check the McKinsey website and the Charlotte office for names of employees as well as the same on LinkedIn. Search McKinsey first and then filter with Charlotte, NC as the location. All members names will show up. Read their profiles and then call the office and ask to speak to the person who best matches your skills from your Army work. Thanks for your service and good luck.

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Richard Byrne Hillsborough, NJ

On the ACP website, you could go to the Community tab.
Then select Companies.
Then enter McKinsey into the search box & click Find.
Message the advisors for the listings of McKinsey & McKinsey & Co.

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