Careers

Undergraduates

By launching your career at McKinsey, you'll work with interesting and motivated colleagues, be part of a global network, have a real opportunity to make lasting differences in the world, and broaden your strengths and skills that will invigorate your career at McKinsey and beyond.

Skills you can apply at McKinsey

At McKinsey, critical thinking happens at all levels, and every team member is expected to bring value and insights to our clients’ challenges.

Our undergraduates join us with a variety of backgrounds—there is no one right major or course of study. We hire a good balance of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, humanities, economics, and business majors every year. The common qualities are excellent academic performance, meaningful leadership abilities, and work experience on or off campus. We are looking for strong problem solvers with potential—we will teach you the rest.

Roles that might be a good fit:

  • Undergraduates typically join us as business analysts or fellows (varies by region) as an integral part of our client service teams. Some stay for 2 or 3 years before attending graduate school or gaining further work experience, others stay on and move directly into an associate role.
  • Undergraduate-degree candidates in the year prior to graduation may apply for a business analyst/fellow intern position—this is usually a 10-week summer internship.
  • Individuals may choose to join as specialists or experts within our Knowledge Network, as part of McKinsey Solutions or other specialized practices or functions. (see Our roles for more details)

How we'll support you in your career

In your first 2 years or more, you’ll work across a range of industries and functions. You’ll build business knowledge and perhaps—as many do—find a field you’re inspired to pursue more deeply. You will likely have the opportunity to travel and will definitely work with talented people from different cultures and backgrounds.

We invest heavily in support and training for all of our firm members. Our consultants benefit from several weeks of training in the first 2 years—from our Basic Consultant Readiness training in your first 2 weeks to our week-long signature business-analyst training where you will meet peers from around the region and the globe. Programs run the gamut from our proprietary e-learning to office- or practice-based sessions to our formal global training curriculum.

Coaching and mentorship is an integral part of your development at McKinsey, you will have peers to give you feedback and senior partners to help you grow and collaboratively plan the next several years of your career.

Future opportunities

Here you’ll be stretched in an ongoing learning experience to accelerate your path to becoming an accomplished business professional. You will extend your strengths—and possibly find new ones. You will develop exceptional problem-solving, communication, and analytical skills. You will bring your skills, refine them and use them to have real influence at a much earlier stage than anywhere else.

Whether you decide to stay with McKinsey for 2 years or 20 years, a role at McKinsey is a springboard for your career.

McKinsey professionals work on significant challenges faced by the world’s leading organizations and solving these challenges helps you gain skills that can be parlayed into roles across the private, public, and social sectors. McKinsey alumni have gone on to create companies, start not-for-profits, run large businesses, and pursue their passions in the arts, among many other endeavors.

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