Working closely with the client and Consulting Enterprise directors, you as the students lead the project and have ultimate responsibility for the quality of what you deliver to the client.

The Carlson Consulting Enterprise for me has been about teamwork and the diversity of projects. My three Enterprise projects have been incredibly varied: a make/buy manufacturing decision for a public institution, a market entry strategy for a Fortune 500 financial services firm, and long-term operations and financial planning with Minnesota’s Secretary of State for the effort to bring the World’s Fair to Minnesota. I remember enjoying the challenge of diving into subjects I had no previous knowledge of and learning a ton from my teammates. 

The most valuable thing I've learned from the Consulting Enterprise is the ability to define, disaggregate, and structure ambiguous business problems. In the classroom, students learn consulting skills from current and former management consultants—things like developing hypotheses, issue trees, and work plans to address the right questions. Using those skills over the course of a semester to deliver results to a client makes them real and builds your experience. 

The experience has also taught me a great deal about working effectively in a team—how to structure team roles, how individual strengths and weaknesses contribute to a project’s outcome, and how I can operate most effectively in a team environment.

After graduating I’m returning to McKinsey & Company, where I interned last summer.