Tag Archives: Summer Internship

Do your co-workers pass the “airport test”?

Throughout the recruiting process, people advised me to keep in mind the “airport test,” i.e., to answer the question, “Would I want to hang out with these people if we were stuck together in an airport for four hours?” During my summer internship, I had an extreme experience of the airport test come to fruition. While driving back from a client site three hours away, my team and I got stuck in an 8-hour traffic jam due to an accident on the highway. After a long week, while such a situation was extremely painful, we made the most of it, sharing music that we like, speaking about our experience at Booth, and even celebrating our manager’s birthday in the car with a bar of chocolate we found in our bags. To say the team passed the airport test with flying colors, would be an understatement!

I spent my summer at McKinsey and Co.’s Chicago office, working on a large digital transformation project for a public sector client. The best part about the experience—the team was made up of four Boothies (one each from the MBA class of ’17, ’18, ’19, and ’20)! 

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Returning Home to Make a Change

New York City feels like home to me. Having grown up in the metro area and lived in various boroughs after college, I feel at home in the city. When I decided to pursue an investment banking internship, I was comforted by the fact that moving to an unfamiliar city would not be part of the equation.

Coming to Booth as a non-traditional student, enhancing my knowledge and skill set were very important to me. After six years in the public health space, I was eager to dive into finance and gain an understanding for how financial services worked. This summer, I interned at Bank of America in the Global Industrials Group. While working in the heart of Manhattan wasn’t new, I still grew and developed in ways I never imagined.

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Summer in the City

Picture this: you’ve got a summer consulting internship, and you’re based in Chicago. With all the traveling, can you actually enjoy the best few months that Chicago has to offer? Absolutely. Let me walk you through a week of how I lived it up in Chicago, even while traveling every week out of town.

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MillerCoors Timeline: Marketing Case Competition

Coming into Booth, I knew for my summer internship that I wanted to recruit for Associate Brand Manager positions in the CPG space, specifically in Chicago. When I heard that MillerCoors was sponsoring a Case Competition through the Kilts Center for Marketing, I was really excited to apply. I formed a team with some of my favorite people at Booth (Lindie Wang, Patrick Yates, David Hanna) and we named our team the Case Crushers. Follow along our timeline below as we tackled the case.

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Beyond Booth: My Summer at Bain

I spent my summer interning at Bain. Through consulting recruiting at Booth, I was lucky to get significant exposure to the people I was actually going to work with as a Summer Associate in the Chicago office, as well as the 2Ys who had just been in my shoes. Between all the fall events and winter/spring meet-ups, I’d even been in the Bain office multiple times before my first day of work.

But despite Booth’s and Bain’s diligence to prepare our expectations, I still underestimated three aspects of the summer intern experience: the substance of the work I’d do, the fun we could have even back in the real (working) world, and how much my Booth network and first-year experience mattered.

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