do real consulting under a Mckinsey/bain/Bcg alumnus.


Fellows work at a client site in Madrid under the lead of a MBB alumnus, July 2019.

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work with a project Lead from mckinsey/bain/bcg

With extensive experience at the MBB firms (McKinsey, Bain, and BCG) and formal education from prestigious business schools such as Harvard MBA & MIT Sloan, Project Leads are uniquely equipped to guide their cohort of Fellows through an immersive consulting project. This past summer, in addition to all having extensive experience at McKinsey, Bain or BCG, all our Project Lead were Harvard MBA candidates or graduates, except one MIT Sloan candidate. See our line-up of 2019 Project Leads here.

Project Lead: Daniel | Summer 2019, Madrid:


Harvard MBA and Bain & co. alumnus

“To maximize learning, I put Fellows in the driver’s seat, pushing them to use their own best thinking to solve our client’s problems. We then walked through their thinking and my thinking side-by-side as a collaborative team so we could all learn from one another. We used…whiteboarding sessions, brainstorms, trainings, workshops, and one-on-one coaching to facilitate this learning.”

Fellow: Samuel | Princeton | 2019 summer, London:


worked under Project Lead from Harvard mba with 3 years of mckinsey experience

“The Beacon fellowship is an amazing opportunity to work under the supervision of a consultant from Bain, BCG, or McKinsey. The Project Lead is what makes Beacon unique. While working with the client, the Project Lead gave me feedback on how I could improve. They not only help the Fellows with their project, but provide career advice, resume assistance, software training, and case study practice. Most programs only focus on the job part, but Beacon’s Project Lead structure ensures each student grows and learns the necessary skills to be a consultant.”

acquire valuable business skills

Business is a broad field; consulting is one of its most dynamic subsets. No matter what career you choose to pursue, early consulting experience will equip you with valuable transferable skills that make you attractive to employers across industries. The Beacon Fellowship is specifically designed to cultivate these skills. During the 4-week Beacon program, Fellows learn from an experienced consultant from either McKinsey, Bain or BCG as they work to solve real-world problems for their assigned client in D.C. or Europe.

Fellow: Taylor | BYU | 2018 Summer, Madrid


worked under Mckinsey & co. alumnus Project lead & Secured 2019 Booz Allen Hamilton internship.

“I’ll be interning with Booz Allen Hamilton this summer in their San Diego office! [Beacon] was the big reason I started seriously considering the firm…The most valuable skills I learned were presentation skills, market research, how to conduct a thorough competitive analysis, and how to professionally interact with a client company and their employees. The confidence I gained from acquiring these skills has translated into other areas of my professional life. I would recommend the Beacon Fellowship to anyone in search of any of these things.”

Why Beacon?

Typical business and consulting summer roles are often designed for the benefit of the company; regardless of the organization’s reputation or profile, summer associates or interns often engage in lower-level, administrative work that fits with their current level of experience rather than expanding it. The Beacon Fellowship is unique in that it is specifically designed for the benefit of Fellows, not the benefit of another company or client. Its goal is to expand the Fellows’ experience and challenge them; it provides them with higher-level, direct consulting experience that stands out on their resumes and pushes them to develop new skill-sets.

Fellow: emma | Co school of mines | 2018 Summer, Madrid:


worked under mckinsey alumnus Project lead & received 2019 McKinsey & co. internship offer.

“[Beacon] gave me really valuable experience to add to my resume...and helped get me in the door to McKinsey...I have just accepted an internship offer with McKinsey & Company for the summer. I am so excited for this opportunity and am very grateful that Beacon gave me the gateway to this field!”

impactful Clients

Beacon’s client partners include large and small businesses, nonprofits, and government entities facing complex challenges. Beacon filters potential clients by their impact on the world in order to craft high-impact projects for Fellows. For the duration of their Fellowship, Beacon Fellows work at the client site, developing real solutions to solve clients’ complex needs under the guidance of their Project Lead. Visit our clients page to read more.

Client site: BaseKX hatchery near UCL campus in London.

Client site: BaseKX hatchery near UCL campus in London.

challenging Projects

Past Beacon Fellows have worked on client projects ranging from market expansion and competitor analysis to digital marketing and user experience. Usually, projects are large and multifaceted; thus the Project Lead divides Fellows into smaller teams based off of their proficiencies and interests, and Fellows tackle focused aspects of the client’s business problem. Visit our projects page to learn more.

2019 Fellows working at client site in Madrid.

2019 Fellows working at client site in Madrid.

Fellow: Cameron | Northwestern | 2018 Summer, Madrid:

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“My team and I developed a novel financial model that is now the basis of our client’s international expansion plan. Interviewers have been very eager to hear about Beacon. The projects we undertook as Fellows were absolutely integral to the success of our clients, and we were given the tools and support to accomplish these projects at an internationally elite level. The sum of all of Beacon’s components undoubtedly make it the best summer program available to ambitiously successful business students.”

exciting Locations

Our Fellowships are the perfect opportunity to study abroad in a meaningful way and outside of the regular academic calendar. New surroundings offer the possibility of exploring history, cuisine, geography and language. That’s why we offer Fellowships in major European hubs as well as our own nation’s capital. Explore our 2019/20 Fellowship locations below:




Washington, D.C.


consulting experience abroad.

McKinsey/bain/BCG Project leads.

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