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The World’s Most Popular MBA Internship Opportunities in 2020

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No matter the job role you hope to land post-graduation, the summer MBA internship offers MBA students an opportunity to learn valuable lessons and gain work experience.

The 10 companies listed below are some of the most popular MBA summer internship choices for MBA students – in fact, many of these internship employers feature in the latest Universum ranking aimed at listing the most attractive MBA employers in the US.

L’Oréal Group

Location: New York, New York.

Internship duration: The MBA Marketing – Luxe Division Internship is a paid, 11-week internship program for students currently enrolled in a two-year MBA program graduating either spring or summer 2022.

Internship experience: Interns will be fully integrated in the day-to-day activities of a team, while also leading their own, individual project. The intern is placed on the marketing team for a specific brand in L’Oréal’s Luxe Division.

The internship is a highly selective, accelerated leadership development assignment, where participants will serve as the right hand and strategic advisor to senior leadership.

Opportunities for advancement: The Summer Internship for MBAs in Marketing gives participants the chance to receive a full-time offer into the Luxe Division Marketing Chief of Staff role.

Responsibilities and project assignments will vary from brand to brand based on the business objectives, examples include: 

  • New Product Launch Management
  • Advertising and Media
  • Forecasting and Financial Analysis
  • Competitive Marketplace Assessment
  • Consumer Insights
  • Sales and Data Analysis
  • Brand Promotions
  • Product Development and Trend Recommendations

Further information: Learn about the internship here.

Deloitte

Locations: 80+ Deloitte offices in the US.

Internship duration: 10 weeks.

Internship experience: Deloitte’s summer associates work with international clientele and across a broad range of industries. Interns are responsible for a variety of client-facing tasks including interviewing staff, gathering data, analyzing issues, and helping clients implement proposed solutions.

Opportunities for advancement: Summer associates may be offered a full-time position based on their performance.

Further information: Deloitte says it is looking for first-year MBAs with demonstrated leadership and communication skills, and who have the ability to think analytically and solve problems.

Goldman Sachs

Internship duration: Eight to 10 weeks.

Internship experience: The internship begins with a company-wide orientation where MBAs learn about Goldman Sachs’ company culture, as well as the benefits and responsibilities that come with working there. Interns also participate in division-specific training. For more information on how to apply, visit the summer associate program (locations: Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, Zurich: nine weeks) website for Goldman Sachs.

Opportunities for advancement: High-performing summer associates may be invited back full time as part of its New Associate program.

Further information: Goldman Sachs targets MBAs with finance industry knowledge as well as a firm understanding of the company’s products and services. Specific areas of study or concentration within an MBA are not considered important.

Google

Locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Chicago; San Francisco; New York; Sunnyvale, California; Venice, California; London; Hong Kong etc.

Internship duration: 11 to 12 weeks.

Internship experience: MBA students undertaking summer internships at Google will learn more about business careers in the technology industry and to improve their skillsets. In addition to day-to-day duties, interns participate in a program exposing them to the many facets of Google’s business.

MBA interns are placed in teams across the business according to their background and interests. Functional areas interns have joined include: Strategy & Operations; Finance; Google Cloud; The Online Partnerships Group (OPG).

Google Interns are given a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to give a meaningful contribution to their teams. Specific responsibilities are assigned to interns at the start of the program.

Opportunities for advancement: Interns will be considered for potential full-time opportunities in their host organizations based on their internship performance.

Further information: Google looks for MBAs who have the right to work in the country of the internship (e.g. working visa for the US and Canada) as well as a strong interest in the internet as well as Google’s technology and business. Find out more here.

JPMorgan Chase

Locations: Hong Kong, Singapore, France, USA, UK.

Internship duration: 6-12 weeks.

Internship experience: JPMorgan Chase offers several different MBA internship programs for MBAs, based on the area of business covered. Outlined below, these programs come with locations, duration and experiences specific to each:

  • Corporate Banking Associate Program (Hong Kong, Singapore)
  • Global Wealth Management Associate Program (France, Hong Kong, Singapore, US, UK)
  • Investment Banking Associate Program (Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, US)
  • Research Associate Program (Hong Kong, US)
  • Legal Associate Program (US)
  • Quantitative Research Associate Program (China, Hong Kong, Singapore, US, UK)
  • Chase Leaders Internship (US)
  • Management Associate Program (US)

Opportunities for advancement: Successful completion of any of the above internship programs at JPMorgan Chase may result in a full-time offer from the firm.

Further information: Visit the JPMorgan careers website for more information.

Amazon

Locations: US, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Poland, Czech Republic, India, Japan.

Internship duration: 12 to 16 weeks.

Internship experience: Amazon’s MBA program allows interns to complete function-specific projects – it also acts as a leadership pipeline for the company. Interns have responsibilities allowing them to make strategic decisions which could potentially make significant impacts on Amazon customers and the business itself.

Opportunities for advancement: MBA interns may be offered a full-time job at the end of the internship.

Further information: MBA interns could get a taster for a number of functional areas including retail, finance, product management and operations management.

Nike

Location: Beaverton, USA.

Internship duration: 12 weeks.

Internship experience: Nike prides itself as an outlet that explores potential and pushes boundaries.

Located in Beaverton, Nike’s US Internship Program is the ideal opportunity to explore the intersection of all Nike businesses: sport, sustainability, fashion, retail, e-commerce, technology, finance, legal, design and more.

There are a number of summer MBA internships available at the sports company:

Opportunities for advancement: MBA interns may be offered a full-time role if they are successful on the internship.

Further information: To find out more about available internships, follow this link.

Bain & Company

Locations: US, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America (see the company’s website for specific locations).

Internship duration: 10 weeks.

Internship experience: Bain & Company’s Summer Associate program starts with a one-week trip to Cape Cod to learn about Bain’s core consulting skills. Interns then work with clients that include Fortune 500 companies, midsize firms, nonprofits and startups across a wide range of industries. The result of work carried out as part of the internship is presented both to company partners and clients.

Opportunities for advancement: “When we hire summer MBA interns our goal is that 100 percent of our interns get offers to return full time at the end of the summer. We've consistently been well over 90 percent,” Bain’s head of global recruiting said.

Further information: Learn more about the Summer Associate program here.

KPMG

Locations: Canada; USA; UK; global locations.

Internship duration: Three months.

Internship experience: An internship with KPMG’s Advisory Practice offers MBA students the chance to get an inside look into the world of consulting, and also gain insight into what life in KPMG Advisory is like.

Over the course of the internship, MBA interns have the opportunity to work with national and global organizations, adding value and gaining significant on-the-job experience in a variety of service areas from Strategy and Operations to IT Advisory to Global Infrastructure Advisory and more.

Opportunities for advancement: MBA students who prove themselves on their summer internship could be offered a full-time job.

Further information: Find out more about available internships at KPMG here.

McKinsey

Location: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia.

Internship duration: Eight to 12 weeks in the summer, but MBA interns can also choose to intern for fewer weeks, or during the spring.

Internship experience: The internship program is “the best opportunity to explore management consulting at McKinsey,” according to the company website. Interns spend the summer working as a member of McKinsey’s client engagement team.

Opportunities for advancement: Each office decides whether they will make MBA interns a permanent offer at the end of the internship.

Further information: Discover more about the Associate Intern program here.

Discover Universum’s top 50 most attractive employers 2020 for business students below:

World’s Most Attractive Employers 2020 for Business Students

Rank

Company

1

Google

2

Apple

3

Microsoft

4

Amazon

5

Deloitte

6

Goldman Sachs

7

EY (Ernst & Young)

8

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

9

J.P. Morgan

10

L’Oréal Group

11

McKinsey & Company

12

KPMG

13

Nike

14

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

15

Morgan Stanley

16

BMW Group

17

Adidas

18

Procter & Gamble (P&G)

19

The Coca-Cola Company

20

LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

21

Sony

22

Bank of America

23

IKEA

24

IBM

25

Bain & Company

26

Johnson & Johnson

27

Unilever

28

Daimler/Mercedes-Benz

29

Accenture

30

H&M

31

Deutsche Bank

32

PepsiCo

33

Facebook

34

Citi

35

Nestlé

36

HSBC

37

Toyota

38

Barclays

39

Intel

40

Volkswagen Group

41

Dell

42

Grant Thornton

43

Samsun

44

Huawei

45

Ford Motor Company

46

AB InBev

47

Credit Suisse

48

UBS

49

General Motors

50

Heineken

Niamh Ollerton, Deputy Head of Content at QS
Written by Niamh Ollerton

Niamh is Deputy Head of Content at QS (TopMBA.com; topuniversities.com), creating and editing content for an international student audience. Having gained her journalism qualification at the Press Association, London and since written for different international publications, she's now enjoying telling the stories of students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs and organizations from across the globe.  

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