98% of fellows would recommend Beacon to a friend


Rated 9.75/10 on GoAbroad.com

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Rated 100% on GoOverseas.com

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10/10 from Michael, on Go Overseas:

“I usually don't give 10/10 ratings as there is almost always something that could be improved, but quite frankly the Beacon Fellowship left so little to be desired that demoting any rating category to a '9' just wouldn't be fair.

10/10 from John, on Go Overseas:

“Any venture in business, consulting, or finance which fails to…ultimately…help people flourish is inherently myopic. I know of no other fellowship that…builds upon this principle better than the Beacon Fellowship…in just a few weeks due to synergy among ambitious fellows and insightful instruction from foreign professionals. These insights are invaluable to rising young professionals who possess the desire and character to be future leaders in business, consulting, and finance.”

10/10 from Kenny, on Go Abroad:

You do not learn as much about business in classes over a semester as you do with a week in the real world…Being able to immerse myself in a different work culture was amazing.”

10/10 from Jim, on Go Abroad:

The “international exposure and opportunities to travel were fantastic additions to what would have been, even in the US, a very helpful intensive internship environment. Fellows worked on meaningful projects for the client organizations, and several Fellows even received return offers from the clients.”


Alumni Highlights: From Beacon to top Internships

Many of our fellows go on to receive internship or full-time offers from top consulting firms. One Fellow from Georgetown found himself in the enviable position of having to choose between BCG and McKinsey offers.

Here, we highlight some of our Fellows who received top internships.


Emma | Co School of Mines | 2018 Summer, Madrid:

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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. Having already had experience working in consulting and knowing that I already enjoyed it gave me a leg up. I have just accepted an internship offer with McKinsey and Company for the summer. I am so excited for this opportunity and am very grateful that Beacon gave me the gateway to this field!”


TAYLOR J. | BYU | SUMMER 2018, MADRID:

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WORKED UNDER MCKINSEY alumnus PROJECT LEAD & SECURED 2019 BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON INTERNSHIP.

“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.”


Blake | U. of Southern California | 2018 Summer, Madrid:

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worked under Bain & co. Alumnus proejct Lead and Secured 2019 technology consulting internship with PWC

“I cannot even begin to explain how impactful and memorable my time at Beacon was. Beacon allowed me to work in a dynamic, autonomous environment where I was able to perform real-world consulting work for a European company....It has been amazing to see how the company has been implementing our recommendations and seeing success because of our work. Beacon has been the only [consulting opportunity] where I walked away feeling like I really made a difference...and I received an offer for a consulting firm only months after my fellowship.”


Kendra | Trine University | 2019 Winter, Rome:

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Worked with Project Lead from McKinsey & Co.

Beacon Fellow Kendra Perkins went to Rome in Winter 2019 to consult for an international student housing provider under a McKinsey & Co. Project Lead. Her experience was so impactful that her university published an article online about her. She says, “my abilities were taken seriously, and I was able to have the significant impact I always thought I could have…To anyone who is considering an opportunity like this, or something else challenging and scary, go for it! I guarantee you will surprise yourself and be way more equipped to take on whatever it is than you think.” Read more about her experience here.


Additional Reviews from Past Fellows

Evelyn | Harvard | 2019 winter, Rome

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worked with mckinsey & co. alumnus project lead

“The work I did was real, substantive consulting work...we were able to be mentored by our project managers, who had all worked consulting jobs for prestigious firms in the past. They were an ever-present resource and more than happy to share their experiences and inside tips with us. Overall, I would definitely recommend for anyone thinking of getting into consulting or wishing to learn the skills that are transferable into many other fields.”


Michelle | Western Michigan | Summer 2019, Rome:

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“I had such a great experience with Beacon. I was lucky enough to have the greatest cohort, project lead, and site managers all while being in one of the most amazing cities in the world! I learned so much about proper research, working with a large group, and learning what consulting is…After Beacon, I secured a position at a private law firm in which my employer was most impressed with my work of marketing and finance solutions that I had done with Beacon. I would recommend the Beacon Fellowship to anyone who wants to get a real-life working experience while looking for an internship. It is so much more than a traditional summer internship; there's no busy work and no getting coffee for others.”


Bernardo | Penn State

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“The Beacon Fellowship offered a very experienced Project Lead who served as a mentor and guide for us. The Project Lead is a huge benefit, but the real-world project was too. We got to actually do an entire project for a start-up. That’s huge - not many people can say they did an entire project during an internship.”


Anastacia | Northwestern | 2019 Summer, London:

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worked with Mckinsey & co. alumnus PROJECT LEAD FROM harvard mba

“From my experience, it is very difficult to find internships the summer after your freshman year of college. I remember heavily researching different summer opportunities over a two month period just to find out that none of them offered positions to freshmen. For this reason, I highly recommend undergraduate students completing their freshman year to do the Beacon Fellowship. It is a wonderful opportunity to have as your first consulting experience because the project leads set high expectations but also work side-by-side with you to make sure you surpass them.”


Sarah | Dartmouth | 2019 summer, London:

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worked with Mckinsey & co. alumnus PROJECT LEAD FROM harvard mba

“I chose Beacon Fellowship because I had an interest in consulting and wanted to explore it further with a hands-on experience. Our daily research, compiled into weekly presentations… provided a very tangible product for both the team and the client. The support we received throughout the entire program was incomparable to any summer internship. Our Project Lead was always willing to help and often went above and beyond to teach us. The client was very understanding, adaptable, and friendly. Overall, it was a great experience for cultivating my interest in consulting- and I'm glad I could do it all in London!”


Victoria | Wake Forest | 2019 Summer, London:

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worked with Mckinsey & co. alumnus PROJECT LEAD FROM harvard mba

“This Fellowship provides participants with the possibility to get hands-on consulting experience that teaches useful, real-world skills. Not only do Fellows get the chance to consult for a client, but the recommendations made to the clients are taken as real and valuable information, and often implemented. Not many other opportunities enable the growth in skillset and real-world experience as this Fellowship.”


Ben | Washington & Lee | 2018 Summer, Madrid:

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“Unlike my previous internships, my work was highly dynamic and complex. I was given autonomy and significant responsibility. Through receiving oversight from former Bain/McKinsey consultants, I developed a more diverse skill set.”


Margaret | Thomas Aquinas College | 2018 Summer, Madrid:

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Had mckinsey & co. alumnus project lead

“My teammates were driven, they were competent, and they helped me to become the best professional version of myself.”


Jefferson | Rice | 2018 Summer, Madrid:

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“The work I did was real, substantive consulting work...we were able to be mentored by our project managers, who had all worked consulting jobs for prestigious firms in the past. They were an ever-present resource and more than happy to share their experiences and inside tips with us. Overall, I would definitely recommend for anyone thinking of getting into consulting or wishing to learn the skills that are transferable into many other fields.”


Cameron | William & Mary | 2019 Summer, Madrid:

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had project lead who was bain & co. alumnus with harvard mba

“I learned more in a month with my Project Lead than a year of taking consulting classes at college, and I know the skills I learned will transfer to whatever career path I choose.”


Jessica | U. of the Cumberlands | 2018

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“Being on site with the client every day, my team and I had full access to all the materials we needed, and we were able to learn so much more about the industry. The best part of the fellowship are the connections I have made. They are some of the most wonderful well-rounded people I have met, and we continually call each other not just for social talk, but also for help with business related things.”


Chad | Luther college

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“I was able to have much more of an impact in the work we did and learned through actions rather than directions...my experience at Beacon helped me immensely to develop transferable skills in working with clients, creative problem solving, and being a team member.”


Amanda | St. Mary’s University College

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“...my abilities were taken seriously, and I was able to have the significant impact I always thought I could have.”


Grant | Stevens Institute of Technology | 2019 winter, Rome:

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had project lead from mckinsey & co.

“The Beacon Fellowship gave insight into what actually happens in the daily life of a consultant in a top firm. The experiences shared by the Project Lead and the work on the project confirmed my interest in consulting as a career.”


Chris | Cornell | 2018 Summer, Madrid:

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“The Beacon Fellowship allowed for me to provide a real-world company with strategical insights that will propel and further grow their business. The colleagues that you work on site with are productive and true business professionals that have become lifelong connections. What you get through Beacon is unrivaled.”