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Eligibility

To be eligible for a McKinsey Achievement Award, you should be an early-stage-career professional with fewer than 5 years of work experience, or a current student working toward a graduate or undergraduate degree. We welcome applications from all universities and disciplines, including law, medicine, and engineering, as well as PhD, MBA, and master’s degrees.

In addition, individuals should fulfil the following requirement for each award.

2020 McKinsey Achievement Awards

You may apply to only one award, therefore please apply to the award most relevant to you.

McKinsey 1st Generation Achievement Award

for individuals who are the first in their family to earn a higher-education academic degree (that is, your parent(s) did not attend and graduate from a university).

McKinsey LGBTQ+ Achievement Award

for individuals who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.

McKinsey Women Achievement Award

for individuals who self-identify as women.

How to apply

Applications for the awards are now closed

Your CV in English (two pages maximum) listing your most recent education information, including grades, and confirmed future-education plans, including the anticipated start and graduation dates. Your CV should also include work experience, including part-time jobs and volunteer roles, as well as extracurricular activities and achievements.

A brief essay (250 words maximum) about your proudest or most interesting personal achievement. Please include the obstacles you overcame to reach this achievement and why it is important to you.

Academic transcripts, depending on office selection (transcripts do not have to be translated into English):

  • Offices in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden require academic transcripts from high school onward
  • Offices in Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland require university transcripts
  • For other offices, academic transcripts are not required

Sponsoring offices and business functions

Not all McKinsey offices sponsor these awards, as they run other diversity and inclusion initiatives locally. Sponsoring offices and business functions can be found below for each award.

Application process

During the McKinsey Achievement Award application process, you will be asked to complete a short online form. You will be asked to select up to two offices with which you have a connection or interest in. It can be a location where you have lived or where you speak the local language. Our colleagues in this office will review your application and, should you be successful in the selection process, match you with a McKinsey mentor. Independently, if you become interested in applying for an internship or full-time role with McKinsey, you may want to choose an office in a location where you’d like to work.

In June, we will get in touch with you regarding your application. Selected applicants will be invited to a short phone interview so that we can hear more about your experience and accomplishments and so that we can answer any questions you have about McKinsey.

Award recipients will be notified by mid-July.

2020 McKinsey Achievement Awards

You may apply to only one award, therefore please apply to the award most relevant to you.

McKinsey 1st Generation Achievement Award

for individuals who are the first in their family to earn a higher-education academic degree (that is, your parent(s) did not attend and graduate from a university).

McKinsey LGBTQ+ Achievement Award

for individuals who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.

McKinsey Women Achievement Award

for individuals who self-identify as women.

Upcoming events and initiatives

The McKinsey Achievement Awards are just some of our many programs to help individuals get to know McKinsey better. Follow the Real Life at McKinsey Facebook page and subscribe to our Careers blog for more information about our people and upcoming events and initiatives.

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Diversity and Inclusion

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Women at McKinsey

Attracting and developing exceptional talent is core to our mission. If we do not have equal representation of women, we are missing out on critical talent.

LGBTQ+ at McKinsey

In 1995, a group of colleagues created GLAM, our LGBTQ+ network, which formally demonstrates our commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion.

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