Originally Posted by joelmthw
recruiting season is upon us at school and im trying to aim for summer 2011 internships in management consulting (mbb, deloitte) and investment banking. i know my chances are pretty slim to none at mbb, but ill take my chances. since there are a ton of professionals on sf, i wanted to reach out to you guys for some feedback on my resume. all criticism is welcome. also note: i have an engineering background so i tried to give it a business spin
easy to view resume: http://www.razume.com/documents/16683
First, I do like how you've written the resume. Clean, little bullshit, very results-oriented.
However, given your GPA and lack of non-engineering internships, realistically, you probably won't get an internship at a top 3 strategy firm. Not to despair. There are three things you can do in the meantime to set yourself up for success in fall 2011 for full-time positions:
1) Focus on getting something outside the engineering space this summer. Could be at a bank or a Fortune 500 company - anything that demonstrates you're not an engineer submitting this application for God knows what reason. Something in strategy or business development works. Getting an investment banking position also demonstrates some pedigree, even though it isn't superficially related to strategy consulting.
2) Network aggressively. Family and friends and friends of friends is one way. Another is attending any campus events held by MBB and talking with people to leave an impression in their minds. Even submitting a very tailored cover letter that cites a person or two can help with the right resume reviewer (I actually have a column in my resume assessment sheet where I rate people on "interest in [my firm]").
3) Work on boosting those grades. Not horrible for engineering, but I would try to get at least 0.1 or 0.2 higher on your overall GPA. I personally would mix in some easy courses to help yourself out. Especially if you go into management consulting, no one will care if you took advanced level engineering courses or something wildly easy.
If you manage those three, you'll have a shot at gettting your resume through. And then it's up to you to nail the cases and interviews.