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Consulting Academy Gives T-birds an Edge

June 27, 2017

Thunderbird Consulting Academy ProgramThe Thunderbird Career Management Center (CMC) has created a 10-week “Consulting Academy Program” with the aim of preparing high-achieving students for careers in the field of consulting. The inaugural program will be open to incoming students starting in the Fall of 2017. Preparing for a career in consulting is a long and intensive process so the Academy will begin working with students immediately following the start of their degree programs.

We seek to recruit top students who are committed to pursuing careers in consulting; this will be a high-touch program with a competitive application process including an essay and in-person powerpoint presentation. The inaugural cohort will consist of 5 students, each of whom will be paired with a T-bird alumni coach. The coaches - all of whom work in consulting - will be volunteering their time to orient students to the consulting industry and coach students in areas such as resume building, case interviewing, storytelling (i.e., presentation development) and data analytics. The CMC will provide students and coaches with a detailed weekly schedule outlining topics/milestones and coaches will be instructed to share consulting-specific knowledge and insights with their students throughout the duration of the program. We will also invite guest speakers to give content-specific presentations either on campus or virtually. As part of the program, students will be encouraged to hone their skills (i.e., case interviewing) by practicing and critiquing with their cohort peers, and to practice and request feedback from their individual coaches.  

The CMC will manage the program and make sure that relationships between coaches and students are productive and fruitful. If you are interested in getting involved either as an alumni coach or consulting coach for a specific topic, email

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Program Offering:

  • Provide special training for the top candidates whose applications are selected by a group of professional consultant coaches
  • Career-track guided direction from faculty, staff, and alumni
Timing Topic
Week 1 : September 4 - 8, 2017 Alumni Coach Pairing
Gap Analysis
Week 2 : September 11 - 15, 2017 Resume Review & Feedback
Week 3 : September 18 - 22, 2017 30 second pitch
Mock behavioral interview
Week 4 : October 2 - 6, 2017 Presentation training
Week 5: October 9 - 13, 2017 Presentation Practice & Implementation
Week 6 : October 16 - 20, 2017 Data analytics training
Week 7: October 23 - 27, 2017 Data Analytics Practice & Implementation
Week 8 : October 30 - November 3, 2017 Case interview training
Week 9: November 6 - 10, 2017 Case Interview Practice & Implementation
Week 10: November 13 - 17, 2017 Final Presentation


  • Deadline for students to submit application: August 21, 2017
  • Deadline to announce winners: August 31, 2017
  • Start programming: September 4, 2017
  • Final Presentation: Between November 13 and 17, 2017

Target Audience:

  • Size of the group: 5 students
  • Target students: 2017 Fall incoming students

Selection Committee:

Career Management Center Guy Groff Senior Director, Career Management
Career Management Center Helen Wu Director, Employer Relations
Faculty Tom Hunsaker Faculty: Competitive Strategy, Organizational Consulting
Applied Learning Office Charles Reeves Executive Director
Applied Learning Office Kate Robertson Program Manager
A.T. Kearney Patrick Hoffmann Director
MSS Management Consulting David Lee Executive Director; Business Transformation Institute

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