Who is eligible to apply for The Beacon Fellowship?
The program is designed for current undergraduate students who have no prior professional work experience. Students who are entering their freshman year of undergrad in the fall or who have just graduated from their senior year of undergrad are still eligible to apply.
Why should I do Beacon instead of a paid internship?
Often, internships consist of lower-level administrative work that does not give you a clear picture of either business or consulting, especially when you are determining if this is the right fit for your career. We have intentionally designed this Fellowship to benefit you most by giving you direct consulting experience with a real client in either Europe or DC, under the guidance of a former consultant at a top-tier firm. Click here to see why Beacon will set you apart.
Do I need to speak the language?
No. The Fellowship is designed for students who only speak English.
Do you offer any scholarships, or how else can I make the program more affordable?
Historically, most Fellows afford the Fellowship through a combination of parental assistance, individual work/savings, and fundraising. Each accepted Fellow works with a Beacon team member to brainstorm program funding.
What if my GPA is not very high?
We evaluate candidates comprehensively. A weakness in one area may be overcome by strengths in other areas. We also factor in your field of study.
What if I have conflicts with the dates?
Contact one of our Beacon staff — we'll be able to work with you. Solutions include arriving after the program has started, leaving early, or departing for a short period of time in the middle of the Fellowship.
Do we work with/for McKinsey, Bain, BCG, or other consulting firms?
No. We have no formal relationship with these firms. Our relationship is limited to hiring Project Leads that have worked at this firms in the past.
What will my team be like?
We build teams according to interests, experience, and demand. Teams usually consist of around 15 students and one Project Lead.
Do I get to pick what client and project I'll be on?
Unfortunately not. There are too many variables to allow each Fellow to pick their project. We work hard to make sure that the Fellow/client pairing is as beneficial as possible for both parties.
What kind of impact do we really have in such a short time?
Fellows are able to significantly impact our clients (otherwise they wouldn't bother hosting us!). To learn more about the impact our Fellows have, click the button below:
Does the project lead to an internship or full-time offer?
Beacon can in no way guarantee any position with the client or Beacon.
What is the relationship between me and my Project Lead?
The Project Lead is there to guide you and your group through the project. They are also there to teach you consulting best practices and about the consulting industry as a whole. They are a professional teaching/leading figure for you and your group.
What will the housing accommodations be like?
Housing varies by location and session, and could be a university dorm, an apartment, or international student housing. It could also be in the center of the city or on the outskirts. Fellows can expect to have one or two roommates.
How competitive is the application process?
There is no finite number of students we accept. As an educational institution, we hope to include as many students as possible. Therefore, we accept all qualified persons, meaning that you compete only against yourself. So long as an applicant is professional, serious about business, and rightly motivated to participate in the Fellowship, he/she has a strong likelihood of being accepted.
Why does the Fellowship cost money?
The program fee covers the program’s operations, housing, excursions, access to Project Leads from top firms, etc.
Beacon is an investment like any similar program. The returns are both short and long-term: get the immediate joy of being abroad and working on a challenging project, and also leverage the experience for future internships and jobs.
Is there an application deadline?
That depends on which Fellowship you go on and when you have requested the application due to our rolling admissions process. Click below to find out more about our program dates:
What do Fellows go on to do after Beacon?
Since Beacon first ran in winter of 2017, Beacon Fellows have gone on to acquire internships and full-time jobs with a wide range of top firms, including McKinsey, BCG, and Deloitte.
What do Fellows study?
Click the below image to see the distribution of fields of study.