Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE)

Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE)

We welcome pre-MBA students who identify as Black, Hispanic/Latinx and Indigenous to join us at our offices for a paid, weeklong immersive look inside the exciting world of strategy consulting. You’ll receive a full day of training and then be staffed on a case team for the rest of the week.

This is designed to help you succeed in your MBA and beyond

The in-person experience we call "BASE Camp" lasts one week and you’ll receive plenty of support before and after to ensure you get a good sense for what this work is like. You’ll receive coaching, mentorship, and a chance to handle a component of a client consulting project, which you’ll then present to the Bain case team.

Those who attend learn lots of new skills that you can't otherwise learn through study. It's a great start to your business school experience and whatever lies beyond. 

Build a community of peers and mentors

Eligibility & Timeline

This program is for pre-MBA students who identify as Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or Indigenous

This program is for individuals who identify as Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or Indigenous (Native American, Alaska Native, Inuit, Métis and First Nations), and who have accepted an offer to start a full-time two-year MBA program in the fall. We currently do not accept part-time or Executive MBA students.

You should also have an interest in joining any of Bain’s US or Toronto offices after business school, as this is where you will have an opportunity to receive a Summer Associate offer.

Apply in the spring

Our 2023 applications are now closed. Applications go live every spring and close in early May. After you apply, you’ll hear back shortly after applications are closed. If accepted, you’ll receive an email in May and interviews will take place virtually in June.

Until then, join us at one of our marketing events or feel free to reach out to our team!

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know

  • Do I need to be affiliated with MLT or Consortium to apply to BASE?

    No, we encourage any pre-MBA recruits who identify as Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or Indigenous to apply.

  • Will BASE Camp be in person?

    Yes, we are planning for it to be in person. We’ll cover all travel-related 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. They are similar in that both programs introduce you to consulting and Bain before starting business school. But here’s how they differ: 

    • BASE is highly selective and only open to recruits identifying as Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or Indigenous. It’s for one immersive week.
    • ExperienceBain is a larger program open to all incoming MBA students heading to eligible schools. It features periodic programming throughout the year. 

    If you are selected for BASE, we’ll help you navigate any overlaps with ExperienceBain.

  • Which offices host the BASE program?

    BASE is only available in our North American offices right now. When applying, please make sure to only apply if you are interested in the US or Toronto locations.

  • Which US offices and Toronto offices participate?

    Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Seattle, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

  • 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 and our full-time roles even though we didn't have space for them in the BASE program. Sometimes, those extra few months of case prep can help.

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