Summer Analyst

June - July 2020 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

The culture at HBR is phenomenal. Every person I talked with over the summer was incredibly friendly, outgoing, and helpful, and it truly felt like a tight-knit community, which is what I had been hoping for at a smaller firm of around 400 people. Every coffee chat invite I sent out was accepted, whether it was with a first year consultant or a member of senior leadership, which I thought was pretty cool. It was great to get to know and be known by people throughout the firm, which you don't really get the opportunity to have at much larger companies. From a work perspective, I was always busy but never overwhelmed, which I appreciated. I was able to help on two separate real-time projects with my manager and coach while also spending the summer putting together a capstone presentation with other interns. The capstone project covered a topic that was pertinent to the firm and some of our recommendations ended up being utilized, and I liked that the capstone had a more meaningful purpose than just being something to do when we didn't have anything to work on with our other projects.

What I wish was different

My internship took place during the covid summer of 2020, so I worked remotely from home instead of at HBR's office in Chicago. I wish I could have been able to work in-person, but was impressed with how quickly HBR adapted to the virtual work model and the effort put forth to ensure that myself and the other interns had a great summer. It was great meeting so many people at HBR, and I wish the circumstances were different so I could have made those connections in person instead of over Zoom.


Meet as many people as you can! Everyone at HBR is happy to take 15 minutes out of their day to get to know you or help you with a question, so send out lots of coffee chat invites and set up time with everyone.
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