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BCG or Bain 🐠 : Starting at MIT Sloan this Fall with no prior management consulting experience - just 1 year at Accenture analytics and 2.5 years in impact investing. Would you recommend I try to do my first summer internship at BCG/Bain or would it be ok if I do it in social impact and then apply for the full time consulting role after graduation?

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Totally OK if you want to do social impact but getting into MBB is very competitive even from top schools and, frankly, there's a lot of luck involved. I would recommend taking advantage of the two "at bats" you have during MBA. If you get the internship that's awesome, if not you at least have a chance to learn from it and try again (and could do social impact over the summer).

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You could also look to do a social impact internship after you graduate, but before starting BCG or Bain full-time if you get a fall or winter start date

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Take this with a grain of salt as I don't personally know you, your goals, your strengths, etc.... I would try the first year for two main reasons 1. You get to see if the job/company is a good fit for you. You can think of it as 10 weeks of you interviewing us. 2. You get two chances at getting an offer in case it does not work out for summer recruiting. Also, you will be able to focus your time on the highest impact interview prep because you have already gotten plenty of reps casing and are already familiar with the firms.

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You should intern at Bain / BCG Recruiting wouldn’t want me to say this, but general pool hiring for MBAs can be particularly brutal

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^would add that it can be competitive to get onto social impact projects. However if you have internship experience, I feel like you hit the ground running faster once you start full time.

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Without knowing your context better, my bias would be to try for an MBB summer internship after your first year. If you get it, great; you have the opportunity to try on strategy consulting and if you like it you can push back your full time start date to try out a social impact internship (at least at BCG North America), and if you don’t like it then you get to focus your whole second MBA year on updated interest areas

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Why not do a pre MBA internship or a in semester internship in social impact? By the time you recruit in 2nd year, chances are spots are taken by returning summers.

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It's absolutely possible to get hired without interning if you crush the interviews (I did this after interning with a non-profit during my MBA summer). But it's definitely harder than landing an internship. So whether you want to risk it really depends on how confident you are that you're a top candidate

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Sounds like the end goal is BB? What's driving the Social Impact Internship? If BB is really your final goal, then agree with everyone else for the various stated reasons that summer internship at BB should be priority #1.

MBB all have social impact practices and are generally better, more flexible career capital than social impact orgs. Not to mention easier to pay off debt early, if you have any. MBB now tees you up for higher impact later. Good luck!

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