Pre-MBA program

Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE) Scholars

Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE) Scholars

Build your BASE at Bain 

Build your BASE at Bain 

In partnership with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and The Consortium, we’re excited to launch our annual Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE) Scholars Program in all of our US offices. BASE is a foundational part of our commitment to meet, hire and nurture the next generation of Black, Latinx and Native American business leaders. 

As a BASE Scholar, you'll receive:  

  • A “week in the life” of a Bain consultant (“BASE Camp” held on August 2-6, 2021)
  • A monetary award 
  • A Bain mentor for business school and beyond 
  • Membership in a diverse community of future business leaders 
  • An opportunity to secure a 2022 Summer Associate offer before starting school

The 2021 BASE program has concluded. Please check back in early 2022 for details on next year's program.


We encourage you to apply if you meet the following criteria:
  • Are an MBA fellow through MLT and/or Consortium who identifies as Black, Latinx and/or Native American
  • Plan to start business school in fall 2021
  • Have an interest in joining any of Bain’s US offices after business school

What to expect at BASE Camp

BASE Camp is a week-long internship designed to help you get a feel for life as a Bain consultant.

You will get an immersive introduction to strategy consulting as you are staffed to a real case for a real Bain client, working alongside our leaders, consultants and fellow BASE Scholars to crack a problem and grow your business toolkit.

You will also get a chance to build your network of mentors and MBA peers across offices and schools through interactive training sessions and social events. 

Hear from past Scholars

Hear from past Scholars

Frequently asked questions

  • Will BASE Camp be virtual or in person?

    We don’t know yet. The safety of our people and our BASE Scholars is our main concern, so we will have a better idea of the format closer to summer. Whether virtual or in person, creating opportunities for you to build relationships with our people and your fellow Scholars is our top priority.

    If BASE Camp is in person, we will provide a stipend for travel expenses.

  • Can I apply to both BASE and ExperienceBain? How are they different?

    Yes, we encourage you to apply for BASE and ExperienceBain if you are eligible and interested. Both programs provide an introduction to consulting and Bain before starting business school, but they are different experiences.

    BASE is a highly selective program currently open only to MLT and Consortium MBA fellows who identify as Black, Latinx and/or Native American. The hallmark is our week-long immersive BASE Camp experience.

    ExperienceBain is a larger program open to all incoming MBA students heading to select schools. It features a robust lineup of programming throughout the summer, including smaller invite-only sessions hosted by each of our affinity groups.

    If you are selected for BASE, we will help you navigate any potential overlaps with ExperienceBain. 

  • How should I choose a Bain office in my BASE application?

    We suggest you select the office that you are interested in joining for BASE Camp in August 2021 and for a summer associate internship in summer 2022 should you receive an offer. 

    All US offices are offering BASE: 

    • Atlanta 
    • Austin 
    • Boston 
    • Chicago 
    • Dallas 
    • Houston 
    • Los Angeles 
    • New York 
    • San Francisco/Silicon Valley 
    • Seattle 
    • Washington, D.C. 
  • What is the interview process for BASE?

    If you are invited to interview for BASE, you will complete two mini-interviews. Interviews will be conducted virtually in June on dates set by MLT and Consortium.

    We realize you haven’t started business school yet, so we are not testing specific business concepts. We just want to get a sense of how you think, how you communicate and your passion for solving problems.

  • If I am not selected for BASE, can I still apply to Bain in the future?

    Absolutely, and we encourage it! BASE is a highly selective program. If you are not selected for BASE, we would love to keep in touch and reconnect on campus. In the past years, we have hired several BASE applicants as summer associates even though we didn't have space for them in the BASE program itself.