This week's Graduate Student Newsletter kicks off our fall series on career "deep dives". Every other week, we will take a deeper dive into one of the career areas that align with O'Neill graduate programs.  We will spotlight 2-3 employers, feature key opportunities with these organizations, and provide links to valuable resources on career preparation, recruitment and insights.  As always, we will continue to include hot jobs and internships for O'Neill graduates across many fields as we do in each weekly newsletter.

This week we focus on Consulting Careers.  O'Neill graduate students are highly competitive for consulting positions in a broad range of industries.

What is a Consultant? 

Consultants provide expert advice and guidance. While this could technically mean providing suggestions and strategies on where to go for dinner, consultants usually work on business and financial matters.

Though it can take years to gain enough experience to truly feel like an expert, anyone can become a consultant if they're open to new experiences and willing to learn. Click HERE for an overview of consultant responsibilities, salaries, industries, and required skills.

Industry trends and highlights is a great resource for learning about consulting industry trends worldwide.  From market segments to acquisitions to rankings, this resource includes the latest information in the field of consulting.

Featured Consulting Firms

Booz Allen Hamilton

  • Overview: Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading professional services company providing a broad range of services and solutions in management, technology, consulting and engineering.
  • DEI Commitment at Booz Allen Hamilton

Featured Opportunities

Click HERE for a full listing of opportunities


  • Overview: Guidehouse is a global provider of consulting services to the public and commercial markets with broad capabilities in management, technology and risk consulting. Headquartered in McLean, VA, the company has over 12,000 employees in over 50 locations globally.
  • DEI Commitment at Guidehouse

Featured Opportunities

Click HERE for a full listing of opportunities


  • Overview:  Deloitte is a professional services firm offering audit, advisory, tax and consulting services across more than 20 industries. Deloitte consultants work with their clients to improve strategies, processes, organizational effectiveness, and efficiency.
  • DEI Commitment at Deloitte

Featured Opportunities

Click HERE for a full listing of opportunities

Recruiting Process for Consulting Firms

Recruiting Timeline:  Application deadlines are mid-September to early October.  First round interviews occur throughout October and the final round interviews take place later in October, November, and December.

Stop by the Graduate Career Studio now for resume reviews, networking strategies and interview tips.

Case Interview Guidelines & Preparation

Consulting firms LOVE case interviews. Why? Because rather than give you hypothetical scenarios, a lot of the cases given during interviews are real scenarios that consulting firms advise clients through. Here are some common trends for what consulting firms are looking for:

  • The approach you take to solving a problem
  • How analytical and creative your thinking is
  • Your usage of data to quantify and make your recommendations
  • Your communication skills in conveying your ideas
  • How you would suggest implementing these proposals

The Case Interview is a unique process and takes preparation.  Here are several resources to help you prepare for the case interview.

  4. Google "consulting club casebook" to find casebook PDFs from MBA consulting clubs.

Alumni Spotlight:  Haley Waldkoetter, August Mack Environmental Consulting

Click HERE to learn from one of our O'Neill alumni about their career in Environmental Consulting.

Professional Associations

Institute of Management Consultants

The mission of the Institute of Management Consultants USA is to promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education and professional resources.  IMC USA provides the only certification for individual management consultants in the U.S. that conforms to the international standards of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes. ICMCI sets global standards of technical competence and professional conduct for consultants in 50 nations.  IMC USA also provides, through national conferences, online resources, chapter events, and its diverse and experienced membership a full range of professional development opportunities. Finally, the collective talent and experience of the IMC USA network of consultants, many of
whom are recognized experts in their disciplines or industries, provides a superior resource to help members increase value to their clients, enhance effectiveness of client organizations, and improve the quality of our communities.

DEI and Consulting Careers

Top Consulting Firms discuss Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Interested in a career with the FBI?  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is hosting a series of information sessions on opportunities with the FBI this month.  Topics include:

  • Overview of the FBI
  • Overview of the Resource Planning Office
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility and Application Process

Click the links below to sign up.

  • Oct. 7th Information Session, 12-1pm EST  Register HERE
  • Oct. 11th Information Session, 8-9pm EST  Register HERE

O'Neill Global leadership Program:  Apply HERE by October 28th

Information Sessions (Career Hub and/or virtual)

  • Oct. 11th 4:30-5:30pm EST        Click HERE to register
  • Oct. 20th 12-1pm EST                Click HERE to register

Employers on Campus!

Stop by these tables and learn about internship and full-time opportunities with these organizations.

UnitedHealth: Oct.12th  11am-3pm, SPEA/Kelley Library

Partnership for Public Service:  Oct.13th, 9am-2pm, Outside Career Hub. This organization supports people looking for federal jobs.

Gnarly Tree: Oct. 20th, 10am-2pm, SPEA/Kelley Library  **Snacks provided!

Hoosier Aquatic: Oct. 18-20th, 10am-2pm, Outside Career Hub

Environmental engineering firm looking for interns.

EPA Office of Compliance and Enforcement Virtual Career Fair

Wednesday, Oct.19th, 9:30am-3:30pm EST

Register HERE



DEI & Your Career

Check out this week's blog:  Getting Hired with a Disability

This article outlines great information regarding how the federal Americans with Disabilities Act protects employees with a disability, along with some tips on navigating the hiring process.

Also, visit the Workforce Recruitment Program website which connects federal and private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

Did you know that the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is celebrating its 50th? There will be an all-day celebration on October 22nd where there will be Student-Alumni Networking events and other sessions to discuss timely topics.

Register now for the O'Neill School 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Schedule of Events:
9:15-10 a.m.
Check-in and coffee bar open. Students will be available to provide tours of the school.
O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

10-11 a.m.
Mini-conference sessions 1 and 2
O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

11:15 a.m -12:15 p.m.
Mini-conference sessions 3 and 4
O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

12:15-1:30 p.m.
Lunch with guest speaker
Gillette Terrace (Second Floor patio between Hodge Hall & O'Neill)

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Reminisce with friends old and new over a pint of Upland Beer. This newly renovated pub in the IMU is open for the O'Neill community all afternoon for you to come-and-go.
The Vault Pub, Indiana Memorial Union

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Take a walking tour of campus with John Summerlot or go behind-the-scenes at the IU Auditorium.
Indiana University Campus and IU Auditorium

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Tour Memorial Stadium or the Research and Teaching Preserve's field lab at Griffy Woods
Indiana University Memorial Stadium and Research and Teaching Preserve

4:15-4:45 p.m.
Students will be available to provide tours of the O'Neill School.

5-7 p.m.
50th anniversary reception with Dean Mooney
Showalter House, IU Foundation

Registration is free.

O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
1315 E 10th Street Bloomington, Indiana 47405


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