Jacquelyn Quesada BSBA ‘25 (Finance) was a Summer Associate at Boston Consulting Group in Seattle, Washington.
What was the process for getting this internship, job, or summer experience?
Discovering this internship opportunity was a result of proactive search. As a sophomore with a newfound interest in consulting, I turned to Google with the search "Consulting Summer Internships for Sophomores." After obtaining a list from this initial step, a Eller staff member connected me with a fellow student who had successfully secured an internship at a firm aligned with my aspirations. Upon receiving my first-round interview invitation, I started on a comprehensive preparation journey. My peer not only introduced me to and taught me, Case Interviews but also coached me through behavioral questions. Throughout the process. I consistently practiced with him and other Eller students, shaping my skills over the two interview rounds. My experience would not have been possible without those who mentored me.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
What truly stood out to me during this experience was the incredible people at BCG. The Seattle office went above and beyond to make all us interns feel right at home. Not only that, but I forged deep connections within my intern group. These friendships became my rock, especially since I had relocated to a completely new city for a 10-weeks without knowing anyone. In addition, what added immense value to my experience was BCG's strong emphasis on Learning and Development. We had mentors by our side and a network of peers across the office, all ready to guide us whenever needed. This supportive ecosystem not only enriched my learning but also highlighted the genuine commitment to our growth within the firm.
What did you find most challenging?
Navigating a large firm can test your confidence in sharing ideas. Personally, I struggled with voicing my thoughts in the team setting. The unfamiliarity of the environment and practice area made it tough without contextual understanding. Asking questions about ongoing discussions made me feel like I did not deserve to be there. Yet, I soon realized that my colleagues and supervisors recognized my learning curve and encouraged my questions and welcomed my insights. I started integrating newfound knowledge into my perspective, which translated to valuable contributions for my team. Remember, it's all part of the learning journey. Your questions pave the way for insights that can truly make a difference.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar experience, or advice for future students to be successful?
Taking the reins of your future is a vital step. Seek mentors, explore relevant clubs, and tap into the skills from your courses to lay the groundwork for success. Don't let the fear of rejection hold you back. Remember, a 'no' is just a stepping stone to future attempts, offering valuable experience along the way. My recent summer experience speaks volumes. Despite initial doubts about my chances, embracing this opportunity led to impactful moments I'd have otherwise missed. If you're considering a path in consulting, I'm here to offer advice and suggest next steps!