I think that my favorite part of the summer experience has been hearing about the work that others have done or are doing now. The interns have been encouraged to discuss our current experiences with each other via sharing sessions where we give a quick synopsis of the project we are assigned to as well as our work stream within that project. One thing I’ve learned from these sessions is that even if you are staffed on the same project as someone else, your experiences can be radically different depending on the stream you are assigned to.

In addition to the sharing sessions, we’ve had several roundtable discussions with the Partners from the various industries that the office is involved in. In the roundtables, we get a chance to hear a high-level overview of the work that the office has done in that space and to ask questions. I always come away from these sessions with a big grin on my face, in part because the Partners generally have some great stories to tell and in part because the impact that the office has had in these industries is pretty amazing.  For example, one of the Partners spoke to us about BCG’s role in the education space, specifically recounting his experience working on a project to help New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This was something I had just read about a few months back in grad school when I was doing some research on the office, but it was great to listen to a first-hand account of the project.

I’m glad that I’ve been able to hear a lot of different perspectives on consulting so far, because it is going to be pretty important when it comes time to decide if consulting is a good fit for me.  To be perfectly honest, there have been ups and downs during the summer, but I think that being able to draw from all of these sources will ultimately lead to a better decision. My key takeaway from reflecting on it all has been that regardless of the experience you have over the summer, it is important to take a step back and determine if what you are seeing is an isolated incident or representative of the career in general. The last thing that I would want is to find myself somewhere after grad school where I don’t want to be.<p>