Associates lead a key portion of an engagement, usually called a “workstream.” They apply a broad range of creative problem-solving skills, combining technical and analytical excellence to help solve their piece of the overall client puzzle. They synthesize conclusions into recommendations and work directly with senior client leaders to implement change.
As they serve different clients in various industries and functional areas, associates develop a broad toolkit of problem-solving skills, leadership capabilities and foundational knowledge that they can apply to each new client engagement. Because the skill set for each associate entering McKinsey varies, so will his or her mix of client exposure and formal training. When associates are ready for the next level of responsibility, they become engagement managers.
Types of associates
- The full-time associate role is a permanent hire.
- The summer associate role is an internship for students pursuing MBAs or advanced degrees.