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Undergraduate & Masters

Undergraduates, master's candidates, and applicants with less than three years of work experience typically join Bain as Associate Consultants or Associate Consultant Interns.

Associate Consultants

The Associate Consultant (AC) position offers an unparalleled opportunity to quickly gain broad business exposure, learn from the best in the industry, and have a clear impact on clients. The heart and soul of Bain, our ACs form a diverse group with backgrounds in everything from science to economics to literature, and a wealth of different experiences and perspectives.

Associate Consultant Internship (ACI)

Undergraduates (between their third and fourth years of school) and master's students may also apply for Bain's associate consultant internship program. Please review the ACI page or desired office page to see which Bain offices will be hosting summer internship programs.

(For non-consulting opportunities, please click here to learn more and apply.)

Bain on your campus

Bain actively recruits candidates from a number of schools around the world. Search for your school to learn about recruiting events, specific application instructions or to connect with dedicated school team members.


Application process

Before you apply, please review your school's resource page or the local office page of interest to see if either lists a specific application process. If your school is not listed, or the office does not require a specific process, please apply using our online application. Once your application is received, we will review it and inform you if you are selected to interview.

The online application requires the following:

  • Resume/CV and cover letter (MS Word Doc or PDF files only)
  • Educational background information
  • Work experience
  • Relevant test scores
  • College transcript (requirement varies by institution)

Interview process

The interview process for Associate Consultants typically includes up to two rounds of two 30-45 minute case interviews. Based on real cases, these are designed to help us get to know you better and to give you insight into what it's like to work at Bain.

The interview process varies from office to office, so be sure to check the local page for specific information about your desired office.

Example of interview formats