As a rising junior, I knew that landing a meaningful consulting internship would be a challenge. Most of the top consulting firms accept rising seniors for their summer internship positions. As a result, I sought other resources to make sure my summer was productive. Fortunately, my splendid internship was only a phone call away. The director of Deloitte in Delhi just happened to be my father’s childhood friend. We talked on the phone and planned together my job responsibilities. He was more than happy to assign me to group of analysts who were putting together an internal research paper on strategies in the emerging organized retail industry in India.
Most days I visited stores, warehouses, corporate offices and trucking companies to interview the owners in order to collect data on the emerging organized retail industry.
On other days, I found myself surrounded by analysts trying to decipher emerging trends and strategic moves that the new players in the industry were trying to employ. The team consisted of eight people, only two of them were educated in the west. While this was quite a stimulating and enlightening experience, what made it most extraordinary was that the business culture in New Delhi was similar to every Deloitte office across the world. The work ethic was very professional and demanding while the analysts were bright and talented.
The internship completely exceeded my expectations. This was my first experience in a corporate environment, so the learning curve was steep, but the exposure I received was invaluable. Not only did this internship at Deloitte reaffirm my desire to be a consultant, but it has also helped me to prepare myself for future internships and jobs.
My father’s friend was impressed with the education I am receiving at Goizueta. We are a diverse BBA community and I know fellow students are eager to have an international internship experience. Perhaps other parents in our Goizueta family have contacts abroad and would be willing to arrange an internship so other BBAs could benefit as I have from a fabulous internship experience abroad.
Kabeer Khurana, BBA 09