Opportunity, inspiration, and learning
I started my McKinsey journey by participating in the McKinsey Female Leadership Program, which opened my eyes—not only to the firm and its culture but also to the vast opportunities available to work with inspiring and dedicated people.
About a year later, I joined McKinsey for 3 months as an intern, where I was part of two different consulting teams. The work assigned to me went far beyond my expectations of a traditional internship. I was staffed to the projects as a full team member, and my tasks were both challenging and complex, just as I wanted them to be. I was responsible for specific aspects of the overall project and have never in my life learned so much in such a short amount of time.
Different industries, different countries
Not only did I get a chance to work with two industries, consulting teams, and client sites, but I also worked in two countries: Norway and Sweden. One project was to help improve the sales process of a leading retail company, and the other was to help set a new corporate strategy for a global industrial company. Besides working on quantitative analyses, problem solving, and creative presentations, I also ran my own workshop and helped build relationships with the client.
I never expected to be so well taken care of as I was from the very start at McKinsey. I always had people to go to, and I never felt afraid to ask questions. I received extensive feedback and I perceived it as highly personal, individualized, and nongeneric. I felt that I had the full support of my colleagues and could in return influence many aspects of my internship. Thanks to McKinsey’s strengths-based feedback system, I could focus on what I am good at—which is a strong presence, an entrepreneurial personality, and a passion for communication.
In just 3 months I built a toolbox of skills that I am confident will help me when taking on different challenges in my life, both professionally and personally. I also made new friends for life.
Nervous about applying? Don’t be
My advice to others interested in pursuing an internship is, even if you doubt your capabilities and your fit for McKinsey, don’t let any fears prevent you from applying. I did not fit into what I thought was the classic management-consultant role—but today I know that I belong at McKinsey, and I feel appreciated for being who I am. I would encourage anyone to take on the challenge of an internship at McKinsey.You will learn like never before, experience an extraordinary professional culture, and have a lot of fun!
- Stockholm School of Economics Bachelor’s degree, business and economics
- State University of New York, New Paltz Certificate, international business and PR/communication
- University of West Georgia One-year scholarship program, communications, anthropology, and psychology