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Pre-MBA program

Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE) Scholars

Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE) Scholars

Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE) Scholars

Build your BASE at Bain 

Build your BASE at Bain 

We’re excited to launch our annual Building and Supporting Excellence (BASE) Scholars Program in all of our US and Toronto offices. BASE is a foundational part of our commitment to meet, hire and nurture the next generation of Black, Hispanic/Latinx and Indigenous business leaders. 

As a BASE Scholar, you'll receive:  

  • An in-person “week in the life” of a Bain consultant (“BASE Camp” held July 23-29 or July 30-August 5)
  • A personal network of Bain mentors for business school and beyond 
  • Membership in a diverse community of future business leaders 
  • An opportunity to secure a 2023 Summer Associate offer before starting business school

The application is closed.

We encourage you to apply if you meet the following criteria:
  • Identify as Black, Hispanic/Latinx and/or Indigenous
  • Plan to start a full-time two-year MBA program in fall 2022
  • Have an interest in joining any of Bain’s US or Toronto 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, whether or not you have any prior business experience.

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 through interactive training sessions and social events. 

Hear from past Scholars

Hear from past Scholars

Frequently asked questions

  • 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 and/or Indigenous to apply.

  • Will BASE Camp be in person?

    We are planning for an in-person BASE Camp, and Bain will 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. 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 pre-MBA recruits who identify as Black, Hispanic/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 opportunities to learn about our DE&I initiatives and 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 summer 2022 and for a summer associate internship in summer 2023 should you receive an offer. 

    All US offices and Toronto are offering BASE: 

    • Atlanta 
    • Austin 
    • Boston 
    • Chicago 
    • Dallas 
    • Denver
    • Houston 
    • Los Angeles 
    • New York 
    • San Francisco/Silicon Valley 
    • Seattle 
    • Toronto
    • 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.

    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 and our full-time roles even though we didn't have space for them in the BASE program itself.

  • What is Bain’s COVID-19 policy for BASE ?

    BASE Scholars must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and be fully vaccinated (established 2 weeks following final dose) by in-person BASE events.