Internship Diaries of 2021: Consulting at Bain & Co.

Internship Diaries of 2021 is a series about the various categories of roles offered by companies for summer internships. We bring to you the experiences of interns from Consulting, Finance, Marketing, General Management, Product Management and E-commerce roles to understand a bit more about their work life. The articles are meant to give the reader a glimpse into the life of an intern and help the reader understand their fit in that particular role.

Contributed by: Rituj Jain

Rituj Jain has completed his engineering from IIT Bombay in 2017. Post that he has worked with a sustainability start-up named CleanMax for 3 years, where he was a Team Lead for Business Development.

Edited by: Lakshmi R V

My client was an e-commerce firm. Most of the details about the engagement are confidential. However, the broad problem statement was that the client wasn’t doing very well in the market and wanted to improve its position and market share over the next year.

During the course of my internship, one of the tasks I had was to analyse the financial statements of my client and its competitors. Being an engineer, I wasn’t very adept at reading statements. However, I started with the task, and took help from the team and internet wherever necessary. Nobody judges you for not knowing something, but they expect you to learn and complete it to the best of your abilities.

The team was extremely co-operative and understanding. Consulting is a demanding job and even though you are an intern, you are expected to deliver results. My team was always there to guide me. They understood that there will be things that I won’t know and were always there to help me out when I was stuck.

It is difficult to connect with people online and hence, building relationships becomes a problem. For any conversation, you needed to either schedule a zoom call or message on Teams. This was more time consuming compared to when you could just talk to the person and resolve the issue immediately.

Through the internship, I learnt how to break down a problem into smaller components and then tackle each separately to create a bigger, wider picture. Although, it sounds basic, it is not that easy. It is difficult asking the right questions that would lead to the final answer.

While I understood that being an intern, I would not be able to do something completely revolutionary, I wanted to have ownership of whatever small part is allocated to me. I communicated the same to my manager and he ensured that I get the opportunity to do the same. The tasks allocated to me were completely mine and I was expected to take ownership from start to finish. This was challenging and fulfilling. I enjoyed my work and was happy with the results I was able to deliver.

Consulting is a demanding job with long hours. However, the learning is immense and spread across sectors. If someone wants to join Consulting, he or she should always try and look at problems as a sum of multiple sub-problems and then structure its solution accordingly.

Rituj and Lakshmi are students of the PGP 2020-22 batch at IIM Bangalore.

Media Cell IIMB is the student run outreach and communication committee of IIM Bangalore dedicated to form the bridge within the student community and the outside world.

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