I will be applying to the Top 3 Firms, and I know the application process is competitive and in order for an applicant to stand out, they must have an outstanding resume. I'm pretty proud of the leadership opportunities that I was able to grasp throughout my college experience but a few things:
1) I am an undergraduate student through the USC Marshall School of Business (a non-target school). I've asked this question before, and I know Mckinsey may not recruit at my school, but I do know some alumni who have been able to score a job at Bain and BCG, so I'm not too worried about the prestige of my institution. I think BCG even has a USC presence now with the amount of Trojans they brought in within the last two years at their LA Office).
2) I've had internships but not at any Big Employers or Fortune 500 Companies. Will this make or break my ability to get an interview offer at any of the Top 3? I'm working my butt off right now to try and find an internship, but in my area, there are only internships at mid-tier tech companies (nothing notable to the Top 3, I don't think). Most of the internships are for Summer 2021; however, my goal is to work as a Business Analyst intern or Summer Associate at any of the Top 3 Firms.
3) My standardized test scores are horrible. I'm talking low 20's on the ACT (and I never took the SAT). It's been a journey to get where I am today, but should I retake the SAT/ACT? Do you think it matters or should I focus my efforts on the GRE?