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Building Entrepreneurial Leaders (BEL)

Building Entrepreneurial Leaders (BEL)

The BEL program was originally established as an avenue to provide initial exposure and a chance to learn about a career in professional services to undergraduate students whose backgrounds are often underrepresented in the profession.

Try out consulting to see if this career is for you

We founded the BEL program in 2009 to help students like yourself explore a career in management consulting. During this experience, you will receive training similar to our associate consultants and be staffed with a case team where you’ll analyze a piece of the project and share your analysis. You’ll join us in-person at one of our US or Canada offices in early summer, analyze a real client situation, and present your findings to leadership. It’s an opportunity to sharpen your business acumen and see what you could gain from a career at Bain.  

We welcome Black, Hispanic/Latin American and Indigenous second-year (sophomore) students that are in a four-year program to a weeklong experience to see what it is like to be an Associate Consultant at Bain. Upon completing the program, if you are excited to pursue a summer experience at Bain, you will have an opportunity to interview for our Associate Consultant Internship.  

Get a feel for the work and test your skills

Eligibility & Timeline

How to apply for this program

We are hoping to connect with individuals whose perspectives and experiences are historically underrepresented in our industry. This program is for undergraduate second-year (sophomore) bachelor’s degree candidates completing their degree at a four-year institution in the US or Canada, who are Black, Hispanic/Latin American or Indigenous (Native American, Alaska Native, Inuit, Métis and First Nations). 

The application deadline for the 2024 program has now passed.

Apply to BEL

When applying, you’ll be asked to select up to three office preferences, as well as submit your: 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Educational information
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Test scores (if applicable)
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