Undergraduate or master’s degree

Who should apply to be an AC?

We encourage undergraduate and master’s students who are pursuing the final year of their degree to apply for an AC position. Masters candidates with up to three years of relevant professional experience should also apply for the AC role. Your position level will be assessed and adjusted, if needed, during the interviews. Learn more about becoming an AC.

We look for people with strong analytic abilities and outstanding academic records. However, simply being eager, driven and smart will not earn you a spot on our team. Our team is made up of passionate people, who are uncomfortable with the status quo, who are supportive of one another and who like to have a little fun while solving real-world problems. Learn more about what Bain looks for.

Bain Bay area recruits for full-time positions in the fall. Applications are accepted from September through October. Please check with your university’s career services office for your application deadline or visit your university’s page.

Apply now
We hope you will consider joining our Bay Area team. Please submit your online application. Fluency in English is required.

Please contact us if you have questions regarding AC recruiting.


Be an AC for the summer
We also offer associate consultant intern (ACI) opportunities during the summer to undergraduates (between their third and fourth years of school) and master’s students. The ACI role is ideal for top-performing students, who are ready for real-life business experiences in an energetic and professional environment. Learn more about the ACI role.

Candidates should apply for the ACI position in October. Please check with your university’s career services office for your application deadline, or visit your university’s page.


Bain’s interview process involves a series of case and experience interviews to help us get to know you better. Since each case interview will entail a discussion of an actual Bain case, you will gain some insights into what it is like to work at Bain. We encourage you to prepare for your case interviews.

Successful candidates will participate in up to three rounds of interviews; each round will have up to three 30-45 minute interviews.

First round
You will meet with two senior ACs or consultants on your university’s campus if you are invited to interview with Bain.

The bulk of the first round of interviews will revolve around the discussion of Bain cases. Your interviewer will present a short business problem and then ask you to structure the problem and recommend a practical solution.

Your interview may kick off with an opportunity to share your achievements and future goals. You should also have time at the end to ask your interviewer questions.

Second round
Those successfully passing the first round will participate in a second round of interviews, either on your university’s campus or in our office. You will meet with Bain case team leaders, managers, principals or partners during this final round, which will consist of three 35-40 minute case interviews.