I am currently doing my bachelor in business administration and going to enter my last semester. Afterwards I am planning to not directly join a master program, but work some time instead.
Over the course of the last years I’ve been doing three internships in all my major areas of interest - Big4, Dax 30 and a small business consultancy (I am not into banking). What I enjoyed most was working at the Dax company as well as my internship in business consulting, which is why I would now like to do another internship in these branches for half a year each. Therefore, I would like to get some more insights into a big strategy consultancy like BCG, Bain, Strategy& and McKinsey by doing an internship.
Can anyone give me some information on which profiles those consultancies are looking for - either for internships as well as for full-time positionings? What does it take to receive an interview invitation?
I am especially interested in the following informations:
- Which grades are required in order to have realistic chances? (I have currently a GPA of 1.5)
- How important is the university reputation? (I am studying at an university, but it is not Mannheim, Cologne, LMU, WHU etc.)
- Does it matter whether I am within the standard period of study? (It took me 7 semesters to finish, but I did an internship every semester and engaged in extracurricular activities)
- When would be the best time to apply? How much in advance should I send the application?
I know those are a lot of questions, but I would really appreciate some help. Thanks!