Pre-MBA Opportunities

Prior to joining Wharton, some students choose to participate in pre-MBA programs and internships for early career exploration, or to build their network. Pre-MBA internships and experiences are not a required part of the Wharton MBA Program, but many students find they help build confidence and a career network before starting their MBA.

Opportunities to participate in pre-MBA programs will be posted here as we learn of them.

WHAT IS A PRE-MBA INTERNSHIP AND SHOULD I PURSUE ONE?

There are two typical types of Pre-MBA internships.  The first is offered by larger, established companies who provide structured experiences that may carry through into an MBA summer internship opportunity, acceptance of which may be obligatory.  The second is Pre-MBA internships that are typically secured through networking and are focused on gaining industry or functional experience with no expectation or obligation of an MBA summer internship position.

The decision to pursue and/or accept a pre-MBA internship is left to the discretion of each admitted student. Individuals should not feel that it is necessary to conduct a Pre-MBA internship (structured or unstructured) in order to be successful in recruiting for summer internships or full-time positions while at Wharton.  At Wharton, you will be provided with numerous academic, social, and leadership opportunities to grow your professional skill set.  You will also have access to a best-in-class career management team that will help you devise and implement a strategic and successful job search.

Occasionally, companies will host receptions to congratulate the incoming members of top MBA programs. These events will also be posted on this list.

CAN I CONTACT MBA CAREER MANAGEMENT ABOUT PRE-MBA INTERNSHIPS?

As MBA Career Management (MBACM) is dedicated to supporting current students in their search for summer and full-time opportunities, the team is unable to support the search process surrounding Pre-MBA internships.  MBACM looks forward to working with admitted students once they arrive in Philadelphia for Pre-Term.

If you are in conversation with a company about a summer internship during your first year as an MBA (i.e. next summer), we recommend that you speak with a career advisor before making a decision and finalizing your plans. If you receive a first year summer internship offer before arriving to campus in the fall, please contact us so we can assist you.

Current Pre-MBA Opportunities

P&G MBA Brand Emerging Leaders

Come learn from the World’s Best Marketers during Procter & Gamble’s MBA Brand Emerging Leaders program. This is a hybrid program with 3 virtual sessions in July and a 3-day visit to Cincinnati in September. MBA candidates entering their first year of business school who desire a career in Marketing or General Management are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline:  June 21, 2024

Apply here:  https://www.pgcareers.com/us/en/job/R000101736/MBA-Brand-Emerging-Leaders-2025-Internship

Forté MBA Financial Services Fast Track

Get the most out of your MBA with Forté! This conference is for incoming MBA women at Forté partner business schools.

Make an impact with your MBA and find your financial niche. This free conference provides an opportunity to explore the finance industry and the diverse career opportunities available.

May 30-31, 2024
New York City, NY

Apply Now!

Early Bird Deadline: April 15
Final Deadline: May 17

Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference

Get the most out of your MBA with Forté! This conference is for incoming MBA women at Forté partner business schools.

Competition is fierce — so you should be, too. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with hundreds of incoming MBA women and representatives from leading companies. Start conquering the business world before you begin your MBA program.

June 28-29, 2024
Chicago, IL

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Early Bird Deadline: April 26
Final Deadline: June 7

Forté MBA Takeoff

Get the most out of your MBA with Forté! This program is for incoming MBA women at Forté partner business schools.

Successfully navigating your MBA program is about so much more than picking the right classes and getting to know your classmates. Join our MBA Takeoff program to prepare for the unique experience of being a woman in business school. You’ll learn how to balance school with the rest of your life, find your voice in team settings, and prioritize what’s important — everything you need to make a seamless transition back to the classroom.

April 30 – June 11, 2024
Virtual

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Because your school is a Forté partner, you get $100 off the registration fee!

McKinsey Early Access

2024 Inspire (Hosted by McKinsey’s Black, Hispanic & Latino, and Indigenous networks)

We are excited to kickoff Inspire 2024, a program co-hosted by our Black, Hispanic & Latino, and Indigenous at McKinsey networks. Inspire is an immersive two-day event for incoming US MBA students during which attendees will connect with members of our host diversity networks, explore the potential of a career in consulting, and refine their problem-solving and leadership skills. Through interactive activities, case workshops, panels, and networking events, attendees will learn about our work, culture, and people, and hear examples of how we strive to make our firm, clients, and society at large more inclusive and equitable. Attendees will enjoy getting to know peers and McKinsey colleagues during the program and through a series of interview preparation and connectivity sessions following the event.

In order to be considered for these programs, please complete an application by May 13, 2024.

To be considered for Inspire you must indicate interest in the program through the McKinsey Early Access application. When completing the application, you are encouraged to also complete the affinity interest form so that we can tailor your experience and engagement with McKinsey based on those interests.

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Kearney MBA Diversity Boot Camp

Kearney’s MBA Diversity Boot Camp is back. Our MBA Diversity Boot Camp aims to provide newly admitted MBA students from Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Indigenous, and Native American backgrounds an opportunity to learn more about the firm. At the end of the two-day program, select participants will be invited to interview for our 2025 Summer Associate Consultant Program, giving them the opportunity to secure an internship before they set foot on campus.

Looking to learn more before you submit your application? We are hosting a Boot Camp webinar!  We’re inviting newly admitted MBA students of Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Indigenous, and Native American backgrounds to learn about our MBA Diversity Boot Camp. Webinar participants will learn about the firm, our commitment to diversity, recruiting timelines, and details about our upcoming MBA Diversity Boot Camp.

Kearney MBA Diversity Boot Camp
June 27-28-2024
Chicago Office 

Learn more by joining an info session on May 9th: Register Here

Applications due by May 20th: Apply here

Morgan Stanley MBA Early Insights Program

Morgan Stanley prides itself on fostering an environment that promotes diverse talents and perspectives. The Investment Banking MBA Early Insights Program has a strong emphasis on attracting populations who have experienced barriers to entry in the finance industry, including: Women, Hispanic, Black, veteran, disabled, LGBTQ+, first-generation college students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Date: Tuesday, July 30th
Application Deadline: Thursday, June 20th at 11:59pm EST

After submitting the application online, candidates will be asked to complete an additional video component via HireVue as part of the application process.

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Lincoln International | DE&I MBA Recruiting Workshop

Lincoln International is seeking participants to join us for a day long M&A workshop hosted in our Chicago Office on Thursday, August 1, 2024. Applicants must be rising first-year MBA students who identify themselves as female, LGBTQ+ and/or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Pacific Islander. This workshop will provide you with great insight into the role of an Associate in a middle market investment bank, as well as networking opportunities with Lincoln bankers.

AlixPartners MBA Scholarship for Achievement

The AlixPartners MBA Scholarship for Achievement supports the firm’s commitment to recognizing top MBA talent in their pursuit of higher education. Scholars receive up to $10,000 USD after successful completion of their first year of their MBA program and upon acceptance of our summer internship offer. Upon successful completion of the summer internship, acceptance of a full-time offer and successful completion of the MBA degree, scholarship recipients will be awarded an additional $10,000 USD.

This initiative is targeted for women and members of underrepresented communities interested in careers in consulting. Students must be enrolled in a US or Canada-based master’s level degree program or have US work authorization.

The application will remain open until July 7, 2024:  https://www.alixpartners.com/careers/apply-now/?gh_jid=5979265003