To outstanding university students, PhD or MBA students of all fields, our internship program offers an opportunity to get to know Bain & Company and gain some project experience.

The following options are available:

  • Internship as an Associate Consultant Intern: As a bachelor student (from the 4th semester onwards) or master student, you can spend 10 to 12 weeks as an Associate Consultant Intern. Internships for PhD students last 12 weeks. Applications are possible throughout the year.
  • Internship as a Summer Associate: Our Summer Associate Program, which comprises 10 to 12 weeks, is aimed at MBA students from renowned business schools. Please check with your university about specific application periods.
  • Gap Year Program: Students completing their bachelor's degree can apply for our Gap Year Program with Bain, FC Bayern, P&G and Deutsche Telekom. The next round of applications for the gap year starts in autumn 2024.
  • Internship related to private equity: Students interested in private equity can state this as a preference in their cover letter.

During your internship, you will be a full member of a project team from day one and work independently on your sub-project. In this way, you not only gain initial insights into the exciting tasks of strategy consulting, but also benefit from an exchange beyond academic disciplines through close cooperation with Bainies and customer companies.

Many secure a permanent position at Bain with an internship. We welcome outstanding interns into our "Springboard" support program.

In the middle and at the end of your internship you will receive detailed, constructive feedback on your internship performance. We accept interns with excellent performance in our “Springboard” support program.

If your internship makes you want more and you can imagine working as a consultant in the sustainable increase of company values, a career with excellent prospects awaits you.

Curious how this can look like? Bainie Sara provides a glimpse in the podcast with Studydrive. She shares her personal experiences as an intern and later as a member of the Springboard development program, offering valuable tips on how to make the most of your internship. Find out more and tune in now!

If you complete your internship as an Associate Consultant Intern with excellent results, you will be accepted into our "Springboard" support program. You remain a member of the program until you have completed your studies or doctorate.

One of the program’s key benefits is that the application process for a permanent consulting position will be considerably shorter. In addition, exclusive offerings enable program members to expand their network and expedite their professional and personal development.

During your Springboard time, you will have a personal mentor on your side. He or she will support you, among other things, in preparing for your career start and is available for all questions relating to life as a consultant. We also invite you to various internal events as well as exclusive springboard events and training sessions. This and other program content keeps our Springboard members in close contact with Bain and updated on updates.

We support you during your internship at Bain & Company with an individual training program. At the beginning of your internship, you start with an introductory training course that prepares you for everyday consulting work. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a variety of local training courses on specific topics. You also benefit from our global intranet. Our comprehensive platforms for training, knowledge transfer and management are particularly noteworthy.

At Bain, we attach great importance to your personal development. This begins with your internship. From day one, your colleagues will support you in developing the steepest possible learning curve.

Formal and informal feedback and coaching
Along with intensive coaching and support from your team in everyday project work, you’ll regularly receive constructive formal feedback to optimally support your development.

In addition, you will have a personal “colleague” by your side right from the start. This advisor usually has one to three years of experience at Bain and will help you to find your feet at Bain in the best possible way, serve as an exchange partner on personal and professional topics and support you in building your personal network at Bain.

We are a global company where national borders are irrelevant. With offices in over 50 cities and client companies around the world, you have limitless opportunities to gain international experience. Over 50% of our consultants are currently working internationally.

International customer companies and projects
As an intern, you’ll experience first-hand what global thinking and action mean at Bain: part of our projects involve spending time abroad or working on international teams.

We are 1,200 Bainies in the DACH-area with 1,200 different personalities. Whatever makes you tick – at Bain we value you and your individual perspective on things. We know that good ideas thrive on diversity, and that cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, perspectives and orientations only matter in one way: by making each of us unique. We live an inclusive corporate culture and we actively fight any form of discrimination – be it in the application process or our day-to-day interactions. Find out more about our inclusiveness and diversity initiatives Here  

Application process

You can apply for a job at Bain & Company at any time. Please use our Online tool . In addition to your CV, you can attach all relevant certificates of completion, internships and employment here. A cover letter is optional. We will confirm receipt of your application immediately and you will usually receive an answer from us within two weeks.

If you apply for our Zurich office and the initial document screening was successful, you will receive an invitation to participate in the Sova assessment online. The assessment provides objective information on applicants’ cognitive abilities and behavioral preferences. Results will be considered as a complement to documents you have submitted, allowing us to make a data-based decision. Your application can only be processed once the online assessment has been completed. We will usually reply within two weeks after completion of the online assessment.

Should you also have selected offices in other countries as your preference, your application will be forwarded to those offices. In that case, you’ll receive feedback from the office indicated most recently, so the response may be delayed somewhat. Please note that the selection criteria and cycles may differ in other countries. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the respective Bain office.

The recruiting day provides an opportunity to get to know each other and determine whether we’re a good fit, both professionally and personally. To learn more about you as a person and how you deal with different situations, we may ask you about specific points in your resume, or how you would handle certain work-related scenarios.

There’ll also be so-called case interviews, in which we discuss with you one or several cases from our project work: They help us get a feel for your creative, structuring, and problem-solving skills. Under interview preparation to find helpful tips and case examples. Another valuable source is our case interview community PrepLounge where you can solve case studies in an interactive process.

If the Bain interviewers find you convincing, you’ll receive a job offer from us on the same day.

More questions? 

Recruiting contact

Anna Grün, Helen Holland, Angelina Schwaier

Katharina Meier