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Usual intake time slots for interns

Someone asked on Dec 09, 2017 - 3 answers

Quick question:

Is there an approximate time slot when MBB and smaller consultancies take interns? E.g. April and October or more frequently?

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updated his answer on Dec 09, 2017
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For additional reading, we have addressed a similar question here: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/whats-the-best-time-of-the-year-to-apply-for-an-mbb-entry-level-position-908#a1781

Internship lenght and start period depend on the region and role you are applying for and it generally follows the calendar of universities. Internships are generally three or six months long but again, that varies from a few weeks to a year depending on the role and location.

I will refer to France in the following example:

  • 6 month internships have two main starting slots:
    • January: I would start applying from June of the previous year (the earlier the better for competition)
    • July: I would start applying as early as January (same as previous, the earlier the better for competition)
  • Summer internships generally starts in May/June (~3 months) you can apply starting January for the next year (same as previous, the earlier the better for competition)

You can move the calendar according to your geography to take into account the equivalent of Summer and Winter.

Feel free to reach me if you have any additional question,



Vlad replied on Dec 11, 2017
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I recommend you to call the local office and check with the recruiter.

Usually, you have to provide the name of the University. For example, McKinsey in some countries is doing separate internship intakes for the students with technical and business degrees.


Someone replied on Feb 24, 2018

Hey anonymous,

Agree that you should ask directly the recruiter in the office you're interested in. However, as ball park figure for Europe: often internships run from May/June up to July/August. At least in McKinsey, there are very few exceptions to this rule.