Getting the Most Out of Your Internship to Gain Consulting Experience

by Jaineel Aga

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Getting Consulting Jobs In India.

Utilizing and Taking Advantage of the Internship



If you keep pushing the manager for more work up front, he begins to trust you,

This was a fantastic opportunity which had  helped me  secure a very strong bullet on my resume - I was not working in a back office giving some support to a consultant who was with a client. Instead, I was in front of a client as a intern, which is another great story that you can share during your interviews.It was my initiative that instilled confidence in my manager to put me in front of a client. The client facing role, in turn, enriched my internship experience.

The E&Y internship and the letter of recommendation from my manager worked very well for me as I applied to the Duke master's program, as it bridged the gap between my counterparts and me who had significantly more work experience.

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Utilizing and Taking Advantage of the Internship

Make sure you leverage the internship opportunity for your next goal. Although the internship experience ensures a bullet point on a resume, gaining the experience is not enough. You need a letter of recommendation from a manager; to get a stellar letter of recommendation, you must over-perform.

During the first week of my internship,  I was in the Nariman Point office helping my manger with an easy task. I knew I had to show initiative to be able to get some of the more challenging work. If you keep pushing the manager for more work up front, he begins to trust you, which translates into earning quality work. I was fortunate that after my first week, they put me in front of a client. We were working for one of India's biggest travel agencies to perform an audit of their on ground operations. They decided to park me with the client facing team, so for the next 2 months I spent my entire time at the client site.

This was a fantastic opportunity which had  helped me  secure a very strong bullet on my resume - I was not working in a back office giving some support to a consultant who was with a client. Instead, I was in front of a client as a intern, which is another great story that you can share during your interviews.It was my initiative that instilled confidence in my manager to put me in front of a client. The client facing role, in turn, enriched my internship experience.

The E&Y internship and the letter of recommendation from my manager worked very well for me as I applied to the Duke master's program, as it bridged the gap between my counterparts and me who had significantly more work experience.
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