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As an Economics major at Northwestern, I’d seen and heard the term “consulting” everywhere — on info session flyers taped all around campus, during early morning runs to class on Sheridan and late nights in Norbucks. I’ve been lucky enough to get an opportunity to explore what the field is really all about through my experiences with Deloitte.
During my freshman year, I was accepted to the Deloitte NextGen Leaders Program, a program that brings together students around the country who are interested in leadership and consulting. Through the program, I had the opportunity to attend a 4-day conference last summer at Deloitte University, and in the process met a tremendous number of driven, passionate individuals, learned more about consulting as a field and Deloitte as a firm, and enjoyed bottomless cups of coffee!
Through the NextGen program, I was offered an internship in the Strategy & Operations Consulting division this summer, based out of the Chicago office. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my experience this summer, developing a strong skillset and also building a great community of friends and mentors.
When asked what consultants’ day-to-day work looks like, the typical answer is “it depends, on the project, on the client, on the team.” I’ve been fortunate to get a glimpse into defining what “it depends” really means by working on two very different projects this summer. The first was a Mergers & Acquisitions project in the Healthcare Industry. My team was tasked with demonstrating that the merger of two health systems could benefit the community at large by increasing the access to and quality of care. I performed a variety of roles, including researching and analyzing extensive data on health measures in the affected counties to show how the merger would help close gaps in treatment, as well as developing client-ready material on leading practices in the healthcare industry. In my just 12 days on the project, I became a mini-specialist on healthcare! Then, I shifted gears entirely, and worked on a strategy project at a retail client. My team was tasked with revamping the client’s entire customer and coworker experience, and my role was primarily to help synthesize the team’s strategic recommendations into plans that the client could implement.
Beyond building my skillset through client engagements, I also developed several meaningful relationships that spanned all levels of the firm. I met several leaders and learnt more about what they do, why they love it, and how they’ve been successful at Deloitte. And while members of both my project teams were my biggest mentors during the workday, they were also great friends afterwards — talking about anything from our dentists to my social media posting habits! But, my summer would truly be incomplete without my two fellow S&O interns. Even though we were all travelling during the week, we got to know each other really well through Fridays in the team room, Cubs games, and post-work Chicago events and sushi nights.
My 10 week internship at Deloitte has flown by, and I’m leaving having had the very cool opportunity to get a glimpse of it all — the 6 AM flight from O’Hare, the late night finishing work before an important client meeting, the technology tricks I never knew existed, three different states, two different service lines and industries, and last but certainly not least, many delicious team dinners!
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