How should I consider Bain office locations when submitting an application for ADvantage?
Our ADvantage program is only available in North American offices at this time. Please review the “Participating offices & dates” tab for the complete list of our participating offices before submitting your application. Only these offices will be reviewing applications.
When selecting office preferences in your application, please keep in mind that our successful participants will receive a full-time consultant offer in the office where they completed their program. For this reason, we ask that you apply only to office(s) where you would happily accept a full-time Bain offer (i.e. apply to office(s) where you want to live and work).
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I am interested in a Bain office that is not offering ADvantage. Will Bain consider me for the program?
If your top office preference is not hosting an ADvantage program, you may instead be interested in our Access to APAC Program, run by select Asia-Pacific and Australian offices.
However if your preferred office(s) are not offering either program, then we would instead recommend applying during our full-time consultant recruitment process later in the year for the office(s) that you’re interested in.
If you have geographical flexibility and would happily accept a Bain offer from your second and/or third choice office and that office will be hosting ADvantage, then we welcome you to apply to those office(s) for ADvantage.
Please note: Offer transfer requests (to join a different office than where you completed your ADvantage or Access to APAC program) will not be available.
If I applied for the Access to APAC program, can I also apply for the ADvantage program?
No, please apply for either the ADvantage program or the Access to APAC program – not both. Please carefully consider whether you’re interested in our North American or Asia-Pacific and Australian offices for full-time employment before submitting your application.
If I applied for the 10-week Summer Associate program, can I also apply for the ADvantage program?
Yes! Given how competitive these programs tend to be, we encourage interested applicants to apply to both programs. However, you will only be invited to participate in one of these programs.
If I applied or interviewed for the ADvantage program and was not successful, can I still apply and be considered during the full-time recruitment process later in the summer?
Yes! A failed application and/or interview for ADvantage will not affect your candidacy during our full-time recruitment process; these are entirely separate review processes. Bain reconsiders all ADvantage applicants and interviewees during our full-time application review, and we have had several candidates go on to receive their Bain offers this way in the past. Sometimes, those extra few months of case prep and conversations make all the difference!
How soon will I be notified about the status of my application / are applications rolling?
Applications are not rolling. We do not begin our final selection process until all applications have been received and the application deadline has passed.
Applicants can expect an email with the outcome of their application by late March.
When in my academic career should I apply to ADvantage?
Ideally, candidates that are currently pursuing an advanced degree will apply to ADvantage in the penultimate year of their degree program (i.e. they will apply to ADvantage the year prior to their target graduation/completion date). Candidates should be targeting a full-time career starting the following calendar year.
Some offices may have flexibility for ADvantage participants to start full-time in the same calendar year as when they complete their ADvantage program, so candidates that are looking for more real-time start date options are still encouraged to apply to ADvantage. Start date options in that office will be discussed after full-time offer decisions are made.
As an international student, am I eligible for this paid program?
International students are eligible and welcomed to apply to our program. We have had several international students participate in our ADvantage program in the past.
If you are studying in the US with a student visa, please be sure to connect with your international advisor to discuss any steps necessary to apply for CPT / OPT in order to participate in ADvantage.