Careers in Consulting


Looking for an entry level job or internship in consulting? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

Whenever I go into a bakery I’m overwhelmed by the selection of amazing smelling treats. How could I possibly decide between a snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookie?! I typically end up weighing factors like how expensive they are, how big they are compared to each other, and what I’m feeling more in the mood for at that moment. But my life would be a lot easier if I had a cookie consultant like Cookie Monster to help me make the best decision. On an everyday basis, real consultants tackle much larger issues, but the premise is the same–they help clients make the best decisions in specific areas where their knowledge is deep, and their client’s is not.

Consulting Careers

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Consulting Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Consultant Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Consultant
  3. Salary and Career Progression in Consulting
  4. Best Locations for Consultants
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Consultant
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Consulting
  7. Consulting Resources
  8. Careers Related to Consulting
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Consulting

What a Consultant Does

A consultant has a wide knowledge of a particular subject and provides expert advice in that specific field to a client or company lacking significant experience in that area. Consultants work in fields like management, technology, law, or graphic design. More specifically a consultant finds solutions to address specific issues in the way they see fit within constraints such as budget and resources agreed with the client.

A Typical Day for a Consultant

During a typical day, a consultant spends a lot of time researching, sharing learnings with their team, and communicating best ideas with clients. A consultant might go through emails first thing in the morning, then spend time discussing with old colleagues about past projects, or completing surveys and questionnaires, or doing client interviews. Later, they might spend time doing a progress report with another client in a meeting–or take a client to lunch. They typically make many calls and hold team meetings trying to reach a consensus about how to address the issues and what their recommendations should be. Another thing consultants tackle is making the data they’ve collected understandable to the client by using Excel or Powerpoint to compile the data.

Salary and Career Progression in Consulting

A consultant tends to make between $50,000-$180,000 per year. In terms of other opportunities down the road you could become a business process consultant ($44,000-$148,000), or a senior professional service consultant ($61,000-$157,000).

Best Locations for Consultants

Here are some hot spots for consultants:

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Princeton, New Jersey
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Fairfax, Virginia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pros and Cons of Being a Consultant

  • You get to experience a number of different companies
  • You get to work closely with your team
  • You work on a range of different projects
  • Your advice is valued
  • Long hours with little to no downtime
  • Lots of travel
  • Low job security

What You Need to Know for a Career in Consulting

To be a consultant you should have a college degree in your field of consulting interest or business. Beyond that, you should also possess people skills and determination. To begin with, you might consider presenting yourself as a contract worker (a worker for hire) until you have an established track record and client list. Or if you’re lacking the credibility and experience to do that, aim for a job with a mid-sized company, which should give you experience on a decent range of projects.

Consulting Resources

If consulting still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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Blogs and Websites

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Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Consulting

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AlphaSights - AlphaSights is a New York, NY based company that provides “today’s investors, deal-makers and corporate strategists with access to the knowledge they need to succeed.”

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Forensicon - Forensicon is a Chicago, IL based “firm specializing in computer forensics analysis and consulting."

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Liferay - Liferay is a Diamond Bar, CA based company that helps clients “build modern websites and portals to engage customers, partners, and employees.”

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Pure Branding - Pure Branding is a Northampton, MA based consultancy that “builds leading brands for values-based companies in the natural products industry.”

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Kelton - Kelton is an NYC and LA based consulting firm that is “passionate about listening to your customers and translating their stories into innovative solutions.”

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The Culinary Edge - The Culinary Edge is a San Francisco, CA based consulting firm that helps restaurants strengthen their brands, extend their reach, and increase their profitability.

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Community Wealth Ventures - Community Wealth Ventures is a DC based consulting firm that helps “leaders innovate, grow and sustain social change organizations that build a better world.”

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Smart Design - Smart Design is “an award-winning design and innovation consulting firm with offices in New York, San Francisco and Barcelona.”

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Social Impact - Social Impact is an Arlington, VA based management consulting firm that aims “to make international development more effective in improving people’s lives.”

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Crop Quest - Crop Quest is a Dodge City, KS based “innovation-driven leader in crop consulting and agricultural production management and solutions."

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FSG - FSG is a "consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research" with offices in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and DC.

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BOOST Collaborative - BOOST Collaborative is a San Diego, CA based non-profit that serves organizations that serve "youth in the out-of-school time hours.”

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Technomic - Technomic is a Chicago, IL based food industry consulting and research company that has some great job opportunities for new grads.

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Urban Science - Urban Science is a Detroit based company that helps auto manufactures manage dealership networks and improve marketing, and they're hiring.

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The Marketing Arm - The Marketing Arm is a Dallas, TX based marketing agency that focuses on building brand experiences through promotions, and they're hiring.

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Zingerman’s - Zingerman's is a deli in Ann Arbor, MI and a whole lot more. They generate nearly $40 million in revenue annually, and they have some awesome looking jobs.

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Cvent - Cvent is a McLean, VA based company that offers event management software solutions, and they're hiring a ton of new and recent grads.

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Prophet - If you want to get into marketing and branding consulting, then Prophet would be a great company to consider an entry level job with.

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Opera Solutions - If the word Big Data Analytics get you excited, then a career with Opera Solutions is probably just what you're looking for.

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Morningstar - If you have any interest at all in investment research or analysis, you have to check out Morningstar and their career opportunities.

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Yodle - If you're interested in helping small businesses grow through online marketing, check out careers with Yodle.

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Offerpop - If you like what Offerpop is doing in social media marketing, you can head over to their Jobs page to learn more about their career opportunities.

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Catchafire - If you like how Catchafire is revolutionizing volunteering and their B-Corp style, then you should check out jobs at Catchafire.

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Corporate Executive Board - If you’re fascinated by large corporations and how they work, then The Corporate Executive Board would be an excellent place to start your career.

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Sapphos Environmental - Sapphos Environmental is a Pasadena, CA based environmental consulting company that specializes in planning, resource management, and environmental compliance.

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FactSet Research Systems - FactSet focuses their College Recruiting on Consulting and Engineering, but that doesn't mean that they don't have entry level opportunities in other areas.

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Framework:CR - Framework:CR is a Stamford, CT based sustainability consulting firm that is hiring a Junior Analyst. It's the perfect green entry level job.

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Dachis Group - Dachis Group “helps companies reinvent themselves into dynamic, socially calibrated organizations " and they're hiring.

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Gerson Lehrman Group - Gerson Lehrman Group is a firm that acts as a professional matchmaker for subject-matter experts, and they're hiring recent grads for a number of positions.

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The Cadmus Group - The Cadmus Group is an environmental consulting firm based in Watertown, MA and they have a variety of entry level jobs for new grads.

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Rise Interactive - If you have never considered a career in online marketing before, it’s definitely worth thinking about—and Rise Interactive would be a great place to start.

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The Pursuant Group - Now, it seems that each of The Pursuant Group's businesses does it’s own hiring, and only some of the businesses have Careers pages.

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Retail Solutions - A lot of what Retail Solutions will seem complex if you don’t already know how retail works, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have entry level positions.

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MCG - If you're quantitatively minded and looking to work in an innovative and entrepreneurial environment, then you should consider a job at MCG in Providence, RI.

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Green Education Foundation - If the Green Education Foundation sounds like something that you want to get behind, then you should check out both their job openings.

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Altimeter Group - If you’re an early adopter and want to help businesses overcome their fear of technology, then you should take a look at jobs at Altimeter Group.

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Fahrenheit 212 - I’d imagine that most of Fahrenheit 212’s hiring is done above the entry level; however, their job postings seem to be more focused on talent than experience.

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Yankee Group - If you’re fascinated by communications technology, then Yankee Group in Boston, MA would be a great place to work.

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The Advisory Board Company - Right now the The Advisory Board Company has just over 40 jobs posted, and I’ve picked out the following as being ideal for new grads.

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Rosetta - Rosetta seems to put a strong emphasis on campus recruiting, which means that they have all kinds of entry level jobs available.

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Ceteris - For most new grads, grasping exactly what Ceteris does is pretty hard. The best way to get a feel for them is to take a look at examples of their work.

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ExactTarget - ExactTarget has done a fantastic job with their entry level recruiting program, and I bet that reflects how much they value young talent.

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Altman Vilandrie & Company - Altman Vilandrie & Company is a Boston based consulting firm that "focuses on the communications, media, and related technology and investor sectors."

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Revel Consulting - Revel’s Careers page has information on Culture, Consultant Experiences, and Campus Recruiting. The latter means they're likely hiring new grads.

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TechnoServe - Headquartered in Washington, D.C., TechnoServe is a non-profit helping "entrepreneurial men and women in poor areas of the developing world to build businesses."

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Eduventures - Based in Boston, MA, Eduventures helps clients look beyond their own ivory tower and get a feel for how they can improve, and you can help them do that

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Taproot Foundation - The Taproot Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, has a really cool approach to non-profit consulting with amazing volunteer opportunities.

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campusCATALYST - campusCATALYST is an amazing opportunity for current college students with an interest in non-profits and consulting, but they’re also hiring grads.

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Triage Consulting Group - Triage Consulting Group does most of their recruiting on campus for the entry level Associate position, but they do have a page that allows you to apply online.

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Root Cause - Right now Root Cause has an opening posted on Idealist (but not on their Jobs page) for a Consulting Research Associate, which looks perfect for a new grad.

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