Associate consultant intern (ACI)


As an ACI, your summer begins with a week of intensive training delivered by experienced consultants, similar to the training received by new associate consultants (ACs). After training, you are immediately assigned to an active case (and you may be asked to travel to the client site).

ACIs benefit from the mentorship of Bain's accomplished consulting staff and from our collegial office environment, in which you'll forge close relationships with other ACIs and our consulting staff. While the ACI program is a vigorous learning experience, ACIs also have the opportunity for enriching activities such as meetings with Bain's practice area leaders and social events, plus access to our world-­class professional development and training programs. While at Bain, many ACIs also choose to participate in Bain's intramural sports, the AC­ run nonprofit consulting group Inspire and other office-­specific organizations.

Bain's AC internships are recognized by the career website Vault as one of the top 10 all-­around internship experiences. The ranking takes into consideration mentorship availability, career advancement opportunities, capacity for learning, compensation, industry clout and work culture.


Client confidentially means that we cannot share our clients' names, but whether you're interested in consumer electronics, consumer products, finance, transportation, healthcare, energy or nonprofits, the chances are good that you know our work.

As a Bain ACI, your analytical, interpersonal, creative thinking, business management and leadership skills will be called upon from day one. You will be placed in the thick of the action as you work side by side with some of the best in the business. Every day is different but ACIs, like ACs, are commonly responsible for data gathering and analysis; industry research; interviewing key clients, customers and suppliers; and presenting their findings to the team. In this role, you are exposed to a variety of business issues and quickly learn the fundamentals of Bain's core tools.


The following are general qualifications and abilities required for the associate consultant intern position at Bain. Please check the local office page for any additional requirements.

  • Currently studying for a bachelor’s degree from a renowned educational institution (there are some exceptions to this; please check your office page for more details)
  • A solid team player who’s also an independent thinker
  • A robust analytical skill set, an endless curiosity and a penchant for thinking the impossible
  • Deadline-driven, organized and able to multitask
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Fluency in English is mandatory, but please check the local office page for any additional language requirements

At the end of the summer, ACIs who have met performance expectations will receive an offer to return full­-time as an associate consultant once they have graduated from college or university.


If you're currently studying at a college or university, please visit your school page for specific application details. And please check with the local office page for the office to which you are applying for any additional application process details.

If you're ready to apply, please start the application process. On applying, please be sure to include a cover letter (including office preferences), resume (including SAT scores) and a college transcript.