Originally Posted by Stillblade
So I got a Poli Sci degree from Rutgers with a 3.46 GPA. No internships or related work experience. Anything specific I can do to make myself more attractive to the more respectable firms before I drop the money on an MBA?
The big strat ones probably aren't recruiting at Rutgers so unless you have an in with them we aren't aware of, forget about that. Other places like Accenture, Deloitte, IBM et al. recruit everywhere and the most important thing is probably to make yourself known to them and then be sure you know what to expect in the interview process.
Turnover at these places is massive so spots open up a lot. I'd honestly rather do a lot of other business or even government/non-profit work to prepare myself for an MBA before I worked as a consultant at a place like Accenture or IBM though. Low pay, long hours, and pretty boring work. And when you do apply for your MBA (at a top school, which I presume is your goal) you're competing in the "management consultant pool" against people who are coming in from Bain, Mckinsey, BCG, etc.
Consider industry, or even gov/NGO if you want to get an MBA in a few years. They are less competitive applicant pools than banking/consulting/IT.