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Interest in Undergraduate MBB internships in Middle East

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New answer on Apr 09, 2024
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 14, 2022


I am an incoming 3rd-year undergraduate student in Canada looking to secure consulting internships in the Middle East(preferably Dubai). 

Ex: Junior Visiting Associate for BCG and ACI intern for Bain

Does anyone know what the recruitment process looks like for interns and when applications drop?

Also, do I have a good chance considering I am from Canada?

A little bit about myself:

- currently interning at Deloitte in the Risk Advisory Practice

- previously interned at one of Canada's largest insurance companies

- multiple exec positions at school clubs

- GPA: 3.8/4.0

Any advice would be appreciated!


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replied on Jun 15, 2022
Associate and All-star Interviewer at OW | Ex-S& | 5+ years in the Middle East |300+ Interviews | INSEAD MBA

Hi there,

Your profile is very interesting and I have no doubt you should pass the interview screening. 

As for the application process, it is the same as anywhere else in the world you will have 3-4 case interviews now regarding the applications drop it is a bit more challenging as usually, interns are only part of the target schools in the EMEA region and internships usually start at the same time (from June till August) it is possible to apply from Canada and even have an off-cycle internship but it will be a bit more challenging for you. You can always reach out to consultants in your target firms to try and get a referral and expedite the process.

Having previously interned at BCG and Bain, and currently interning at Deloitte with a strong GPA and exec positions in clubs I would say your chances are high but to increase them even more I would advise you to apply to a different office with less demand and competition (e.g., Doha, Riyadh, etc.) and I would also advise you to apply to other top tier firms that are well established and growing in the Middle East market.

I had the pleasure to work across top-tier firms in the Middle East (Strategy&, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Oliver Wyman) and would love to connect with you and discuss this further!  


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Anonymous A on Jun 15, 2022

Hi there, Thanks for the response! an FYI I did not intern at BCG or Bain, I was simply listing the roles I was going to apply to. Also, I was wondering whether there are any clear deadlines I should know about.

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replied on Jun 15, 2022
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Hi there,

The process for internships is generally the same as for new grads (initial test + 2 rounds of interviews). However, sometimes you may be able to skip some steps (eg fewer interviews).

Your profile seems good. The #1 thing you can do to improve your chances is to find a referral, which could also advise on the best time to apply and clarify if an off-cycle internship may be possible. 

You can find more on referrals here:

 How to Get an MBB Referral 



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Anonymous replied on Jun 16, 2022


Your profile as an undergrad is definitely interesting. The middle east is a growing region and I would say the chance of getting past screening is very high. Once you are at the interview stage it all depends on the interview. 

1. I would start networking or talking to people in the region to understand the timelines and recruiting processes. 
2. Check if they have off cycle 6 month internships. Some of the firms in Dubai do this. 
3. Tidy up your CV and get ready to apply 
4. Get cracking on case prep basics. 

Very happy to help you through the journey if you would like. Feel free to drop me a message. 

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Vishva replied on Apr 09, 2024
Schulich BBA Candidate | Aspiring Management Consultant

Hi, My name is Vishva. I am also in a similar situation to you. I am an incoming 3rd year BBA student at Schulich. I would love to connect as I am recruiting for internship positions in the Middle East and am enquiring more about the application process. 


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replied on Jun 18, 2022
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This depends region by region, but in Europe for instance, undergrad interns are 99% summer interns. Hence, application is from Sept to the Spring usually. 

Check out with each HR to be sure about your region of interest.



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Associate and All-star Interviewer at OW | Ex-S& | 5+ years in the Middle East |300+ Interviews | INSEAD MBA
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