Each year a small number of undergraduate students are selected to participate in the Carlson Consulting Enterprise through a highly competitive process. Undergraduate consultants work alongside MBA students to address significant business challenges for premier companies.
The Undergraduate Experience
Selected undergraduate students participate in the Consulting Enterprise for two semesters, typically spanning their junior and senior years. During this time, each participant completes two separate client engagements.
Project teams typically include 4-6 MBA students and 1 undergraduate student, who collaborate and function as peers. While the undergraduate participants will have less work experience, they are expected to contribute a similar caliber of knowledge and work to their MBA counterparts, taking ownership for a key work stream and conducting client-facing work.
Undergraduate students receive mentorship from the MBA students; one-on-one coaching and mentorship from Consulting Enterprise directors; and classroom training to develop skills in structured problem-solving, communications, and project management.
The Selection Process
Undergraduate participants are selected to participate in the Consulting Enterprise through a highly competitive process. Participation is open to students enrolled full time in the Carlson School Undergraduate Program. Students’ major areas of study vary, spanning all disciplines offered at the Carlson School (e.g., finance, marketing, accounting, MIS). Preferred candidates have demonstrated a strong record of academic achievement, drive, and leadership, as well as strong interpersonal skills.
Interested students apply in the fall semester (typically of their junior year) for participation in the following two semesters. Every fall, the Consulting Enterprise hosts an information session and open house for interested students to provide further information and answer questions. Dates, times, and locations for these events will be posted in the Undergraduate Career Center and on The Edge in October.
Carlson Consulting Enterprise Projects
The Carlson Consulting Enterprise has completed more than 200 projects for a variety of clients. Read about key business challenges that student consultants have addressed as part of past Enterprise projects:
Career Paths for Undergraduate Consultants
Consulting Enterprise undergraduate consultants apply their experience to pursue a variety of career paths based on their academic majors, personal interests, and experience.
Past Consulting Enterprise undergraduates have pursued careers in:
- Management consulting
- Investment banking
- Corporate finance
- Supply chain