A Jumping-Off Point or More

For some undergrads, consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton could be the pathway to careers in politics. For others, it's a long-term gig

For undergrads considering a career in government, a stint in consulting could be a valuable (and lucrative) springboard. Peter Sullivan, Booz Allen Hamilton's U.S. director of people services, says Booz Allen offers recent grads the opportunity to work at the intersection of the private and public sectors through positions in the consulting firm's government practice.

At on-campus recruiting events, he's looking for polished, self-aware candidates who are comfortable with numbers. Sullivan spoke recently with BusinessWeek.com reporter Kerry Miller. An edited excerpt of their conversation follows: