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Get a taste of life as a consultant with less pressure and fewer hours, but with an undercurrent of stress as you worry about whether you'll get a full-time offer. Lots of opportunities for learning about the field, and for the time frame (usually 2-3 months), lots of formal education and informal mentoring. Great learning experience Edit
Amazing people, lots to learn, and probably most importantly, a much easier track to a full-time job in strategy consulting after your summer is over.
The nagging doubt that you'll get a full-time offer. Especially when the economy is bumpy! Also, because you're on the job for such a short time, it's quite possible to get stuck with a boring project or a tough team for the whole summer...
50-60 hours a week max for most people. The teams you work with often go easy on you because of your lack of skills and their desire for you to have a positive summer experience. Not as much travel as you'd have as a full-time consultant. Lots of evening and weekend parties.
Lots and lots of case prep! Particularly coming from a non-MBA background, you'll have tons of catching up to do during the application process.
Be eager, helpful, and enthusiastic. Expectations won't be extremely high in terms of skills, as everyone will recognize that you're new on the job.
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