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Undergraduate Degree Candidates

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Recruiting Team

Robin Matthias

Partner lead
Class of '09

Jonathan Hostens

Consultant co-lead

Anna Parda

Senior recruiter

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We invite current CEMS students who want to learn more about McKinsey to sign up here.

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We look forward to keeping in touch with you!

CEMS International Internship

McKinsey & Company encourages all current CEMS students to take the opportunity and apply for an International Internship with McKinsey. The key feature of this internship—which is exclusively designed for and available only to CEMS students—is that staffing on a project outside your CEMS home school country is guaranteed. Therefore the internship fulfills the CEMS criteria for an 'international internship' and will help you to complete your CEMS curriculum.

What offices are participating?

In 2019, the following offices participated in McKinsey’s CEMS International Internship programme: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, Luxembourg, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Vienna, Warsaw and Zagreb.

How to apply

Applications are now closed. Application for the 2020 CEMS International Internship will open in September 2019.

Which documents should you prepare?

  • CV – should include detailed academic performance, role description of summer jobs and internships, and information on involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Cover letter – please include a subject line referring to ‘CEMS International Internship’
  • Transcripts from university/high school including grades, if applicable please also attach certificates/reference letters from internships

What else is important for your application?

  • When asked for most recent school in the application, please make sure to select your university and mention the CEMS programme.
  • Select your offices of interest. Locations should be selected based on where you see yourself in the medium-term, should you receive an offer after your internship. Locations you choose should also reflect where you have a strong link (e.g., local language, work experience, education, family).
  • Please note that fluency in the local language is required for all offices. Applicants that do not speak the local language fluently cannot be considered for an internship position with that local office.
  • If your interview process is successful, you will be offered an internship with international placement. The location of the internship will be determined shortly before your internship.

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Class of '09

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