Sophomore Diversity Leaders Internship

We are committed to building the leaders of tomorrow. As part of that commitment, we are proud to offer a Sophomore Diversity Leaders Internship program. This program, which is part of our firm-wide effort to attract top diversity talent, joins our strong network of diverse colleagues at McKinsey.

"McKinsey's SDLI program gave me the confidence to set my ambitions higher and the skills to realize them in a way I could not have gotten anywhere else or so soon in my career." - Kyle Hutzler, former SDLI

Program overview

Our Sophomore Diversity Leaders Internship program (SDLI) provides a highly select group of Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, and/or Native American undergraduate students first-hand experience with consulting at McKinsey & Company. Candidates who are currently college sophomores at U.S. universities are eligible to apply. As part of this unique program, Diversity Sophomore Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Work in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Montreal, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Stamford, Toronto, or Washington D.C., or with Digital McKinsey (all locations).
  • Gain real-world experience with the broad range of work McKinsey consultants do, including serving clients as well as helping to build McKinsey's internal knowledge and capabilities
  • Build critical new skills within a training program specifically designed for the SDLI program
  • Participate in a number of social activities throughout the summer to help them get to know our Firm culture, interact with other summer interns, as well as members of our diversity communities

McKinsey is deeply focused on learning and personal development, and we want to ensure candidates are given the right training and experience to be set up for success post-graduation. At the end of the summer, successful interns may receive an offer to join us as a Summer Business Analyst for the following summer or as a full-time Business Analyst after the completion of their degree.

Ideal candidates should possess the following attributes:

  • Sophomores who plan to graduate in the spring of 2020
  • Strong commitment to excellence and personal and professional growth
  • Outstanding academic performance and an aptitude for analytics
  • Initiative-taking and leadership skills in a work setting and/or extracurricular activities
  • Resourceful, intellectually curious, empathetic, poised, high energy and mature
  • Genuine interest in a business and find problem solving exhilarating
  • Enjoy working in teams

Your resume does not need to be tailored for McKinsey, but we encourage you to highlight teamwork and leadership experiences from both high school and college. Examples may include work with student government, varsity sports, or a debate team. Additionally, please list on your resume any scholarships and awards that you received in high school and/or college (e.g., National Honor Society, National AP Scholar, Gates Millennium Scholar–this list is not exhaustive).

Events & Key Contact Information

Application deadlines are in the fall for the following summer. Please visit your campus page for exact dates of events, application deadlines, and interviews. Should you have any questions about the internship, please reach out to your campus recruiter by searching for your school in the careers website's top search bar. To apply, please click here.

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