U.S. Summer AssociateCompany DescriptionL.E.K. Consulting is one of the premier strategy consulting firms worldwide. At L.E.K., we are passionate about helping our clients succeed with breakthrough insights that drive real impact. Our clients view us as trusted partners that help address their most pressing challenges and biggest opportunities. Our uncompromising approach is grounded in deep industry expertise, rigorous analysis, and a commitment to driving practical results that exceed our clients’ expectations. To do this, we hire the best and the brightest, and offer them an unparalleled experience to rapidly develop their skills. This strategy drives L.E.K.’s robust growth, and gives us the benefits of global scale with a small-firm feel.Founded in 1983, L.E.K. employs more than 1,400 professionals across five continents, and is consistently recognized as one of the industry’s best firms to work for. For more information, visit lek.com.JOB DESCRIPTIONIf you are bright, motivated undergraduate interested in gaining insight into a consulting career while tackling some of the toughest and most interesting business problems, consider joining L.E.K. as a Summer Associate.The internship kicks off with a week of training on Cape Cod with peers from all of our U.S. offices, where you will learn the fundamentals of what it takes to be a successful Associate at L.E.K. At the conclusion of training, you will spend the next ~8 weeks in your home office doing real casework as a part of a team.The role of a Summer Associate is essentially the same as a full-time Associate. You will be dedicated 100% to a single project and can expect to be on 1-2 projects over the course of the summer. You will quickly take on significant responsibilities as you play a crucial role on each case team, gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing research and data to address the client’s core issues. Your ability to uncover novel information, conduct rigorous analysis, solve problems creatively, and communicate your high-quality work is critical to the breakthroughs that make a lasting impact for our clients.While casework varies every day, Associates’ primary responsibilities typically include:Conducting primary and secondary research on clients’ markets, customers, and competitorsPerforming rigorous analysis to drive insights and actionable recommendationsCollaborating with team members to communicate key findings to the client in written presentations and verbal interactions that deliver maximum impact L.E.K. recruits the best and the brightest, then offers them the broadest range of high-impact, frequent, and diverse cases for maximum learning. In addition, you can expect to participate in the following throughout the summer:Weekly check-in meetings with your case team Manager to discuss your experience and feedbackProfessional development sessions, including sector introductory lunchesA program of formal mentoringFun social events with the entire officeIn addition to very competitive compensation and benefits, excellent Summer Associates are often awarded offers to return to L.E.K. as full-time Associates after graduation.Click here for more on the Associate experience at L.E.K.WHY L.E.K.?The Associate role at L.E.K. is differentiated from other firms in several key ways:Immediate workstream responsibility: L.E.K. Associates are expected to be integral members of the team from day 1, immediately driving mission-critical work.Breadth of experiences: While our projects span most industries and services, our focus is strategy and M&A. Associates typically work on ~6-10 projects a year, providing greater exposure across clients and strategic issues, as well as faster development of business acumen.Fun, stimulating work environment: L.E.K. teams spend substantially more time in their home office relative to teams at peer firms, and we pride ourselves on a vibrant social culture, including case team events, office parties, non-profit involvement, and much more.International exposure: Approximately 65% of Associates gain international exposure within their first 3 years, either through projects staffed across global offices, travel to international client locations, or, if they choose, by relocating to an international office on either a temporary or a full-time basis. Click here for more on our international Swap program.Upward mobility: L.E.K. is a meritocracy with an entrepreneurial culture and frequent feedback. Promotion paths do not follow a strict timeline; we promote people as quickly as they develop.QUALIFICATIONSWe do not use a rigid checklist – L.E.K. hires Summer Associates with backgrounds in science, engineering, technology, economics, mathematics, the arts and humanities, and business, among others, each year.The candidates we want are highly motivated, creative, analytical and entrepreneurial. Successful candidates exhibit outstanding academic achievement (typically a GPA above 3.4), comfort with quantitative analysis, excellent verbal and written communication skills, significant professional experiences, notable extracurricular interests, and demonstrated leadership and initiative.Please note that for the Summer Associate position, candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis. L.E.K Consulting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.