What are Bridge to BCG, McKinsey Insight, and Bain AIC? They are 1-3 day summer programs where Advanced Degree candidates can get an inside look at BCG, McKinsey, or Bain – the work, the people, the culture, and more.
Each firm holds multiple workshops throughout the U.S. across the summer months. These summer programs are highly competitive, and give you a leg up during the end of the summer when it’s time to apply for full-time roles. In most cases, you are guaranteed a 1st round interview for a full-time role after you complete the program.
Who is Eligible for Bridge to BCG, McKinsey Insight, and Bain AIC?
All PhDs, JDs, and MDs planning to apply for full-time 2021 consulting positions are eligible to apply. That means that as long as you are not graduating in 2020, you are eligible to apply.
BCG, McKinsey, and Bain all require 1-2 page business-focused resumes (ideally 1 page), focused less on your scientific, medical, or legal expertise, and more on the career impact you’ve achieved and the transferable skills that will help you as a consultant (quantitative analysis, client management, problem solving, process improvement, etc.).
All of these programs will require you to navigate up to 2 rounds of a case interview, and all 3 firms (as well as our team here at Management Consulted) recommend you start your case prep ASAP. Why? The best performing candidates practice for 4-8 weeks, and many advanced degree candidates come from non-business backgrounds. The case interview is unlike anything most ADCs have ever seen before, and not something you want to wing at the last minute.
On top of the case interview, BCG requires you take their Pymetrics Test and submit a 10-minute, one-way video interview. The questions you are asked to answer in this interview are behavioral in nature. Be sure to stay concise and answer in stories!
McKinsey Insight application deadline: Sunday March 29, 2020
The application deadline for McKinsey Insight 2020 is March 29, 2020. If eligible, you may apply to both Diversity Connect and Insight. However, the firm will make you choose one program if you are accepted to both. If you are accepted to the program, you will be notified in late April.
This year, McKinsey Insight sessions are taking place in:
- Atlanta: May 1
- Boston: May 1
- Philadelphia: May 8
- Chicago: May 15
- Silicon Valley: May 15
- New York: May 29
McKinsey covers all of your travel expenses related to attending an Insight event.
Bridge to BCG application deadline: Tuesday March 31, 2020
The application deadline for Bridge to BCG is March 31, 2020. On top of typical application materials (resume, cover letter), BCG will require you to complete two online activities within a week of applying. Want to get ahead and begin networking at BCG? If applicable, network inside the firm’s current diversity groups for a leg up:
This year, BCG is holding Bridge to BCG workshops in:
- Chicago and Houston: June 3-5
- New York: June 9-11
- Boston: June 10-12
Bain AIC application deadline: Friday April 3, 2020
The application deadline for Bain’s summer programs is April 3, 2020. One of the best ways to stand out in the application process? Networking! And one of the best places to network at Bain? The firm’s current diversity groups:
- Blacks at Bain
- Bain Gay & Lesbian Association for Diversity
- Latinos at Bain
- Veterans at Bain
- Women at Bain
Something unique Bain offers is its ADvantage internship, a one-week program designed exclusively for Advanced Degree candidates that is more in-depth than what McKinsey and BCG offer. On top of a full day of training, you are staffed on a real Bain case team for four days! Be prepared for 2 rounds (40min each) of case interviews to snag a coveted ADvantage internship spot.
Conclusion and Application Links
Again, these programs are uber competitive, and give the candidates who score invites unparalleled opportunities to network with current BCG, McKinsey, and Bain consultants, as well as familiarize themselves with specific practice areas and offices.
Not eligible for these programs? Most firms have rolling application deadlines for lateral hires – contact us directly for help.
MC Links for Advanced Degree Candidates