A Farewell to Summer: The Pre-MBA Internship

A few weeks after she got admitted to Columbia Business School, Cristina Benitez Sacasas started cold-calling dozens of companies in the hope of landing summer work at a consulting firm. Like many MBA students, Sacasas was a career switcher with no previous consulting experience. She worried that her four years as a sales associate in the private wealth management division of Morgan Stanley wouldn’t impress recruiters from top consulting firms visiting her school that fall.

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