First Year Leadership Academy

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McKinsey’s First Year Leadership Academy (FYLA) was established in 2017 with the goal of meeting and supporting talented university first years who identify as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, or Native American. Our global All In, Diversity and Inclusion initiative engages colleagues around the world to develop and share innovative ways of working that advance inclusivity. We want our teams to reflect the diversity of the world and our clients.

To ensure diversity in gender, ethnicity, background, education, orientation, etc., we constantly look for new ways to reach people who might otherwise not be considering a career in consulting. To achieve this, we have developed a number of programs including Sophomore Summer Business Analyst, LAUNCH, the HBCU Consulting League, the spring GLAM series, and more.

FYLA is an immersive two-day workshop during which attendees explore the potential of a career in consulting and refine their problem-solving and leadership skills. Through interactive activities, case workshops, panels, and networking events, attendees will learn about our work, culture, and people.

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The application window for 2022 First Year Leadership Academy has closed. The application window for 2023 First Year Leadership Academy will open in the Spring of 2023 for undergraduate students in the class of 2026.

We are looking to get to know undergraduate first-years who:

  • Identify as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, or Native American
  • Have an outstanding record of academic achievement and plan to graduate in 2026 from a 4-year institution in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate strong campus involvement and leadership capabilities
  • Actively seek ways to maximize their own potential
  • Enjoy problem-solving and creative thinking
  • Thrive when working in teams

Application process

In order to be considered for McKinsey’s FYLA, you will need to submit:

  • A completed online application
  • Your resume (in PDF). Feel free to include both college and high school activities, scholarships, and any other accomplishments that contribute to your qualifications.
  • A brief essay (250 words or less, in PDF). You will choose one of the options below that will allow us to get to know you better.
    • What are your summer plans this year, and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
    • Describe a time you faced a challenge and how you overcame.
    • Tell us about a person you admire and the characteristics you share with them.
    • Tell us about an experience you’ve had that underscored the importance of diversity.
    • Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of and what was the impact of the accomplishment.
This event is just one of our many worldwide programs that aim to help candidates get to know McKinsey better. Stay tuned to our Real Life at McKinsey Facebook page, as well as our Careers blog, for more information regarding other upcoming events and initiatives. If you are interested in learning more about Diversity & Inclusion at McKinsey, visit our website.

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