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2013 Graduate Summer Consultant

2013 Graduate Summer Consultant

Location(s): Nairobi, Dakar, Washington DC, Geneva, New York

Job Type: Consultant

Application Deadline: 14th January 2013

(applicants must be enrolled in a full-time MBA, MPA and/ or MPP program)

About Our Firm

Dalberg Global Development Advisors provides high-level strategic advice to the leadership of key institutions, corporations and governments that are shaping international development. We focus on emerging and frontier markets on topics that include economic development, global health, access to finance, agriculture, energy and the environment, and others. 

We offer outstanding individuals the opportunity to apply private sector skills to global challenges within an entrepreneurial working environment. Our consultants typically combine experience from the top-tier strategy consultancies with relevant international exposure.


About You

You aspire to become a leader in global development by tackling global issues, from malnutrition to climate change to economic growth, ensuring no population is left behind. You enjoy working with teams to tackle challenging problems while traveling and working across continents and cultures. 

You excel in solving problems using clear strategic thinking, and you want to put your skills to work – lighting villages in Africa, funding start-ups, enriching the world’s food supply, and transforming the organizations that fund change. 

You are a passionate, committed self-starter with an excellent academic record, experience as a ‘top-performer’ in a leading international management consultancy firm pre-graduate school (or a similar type of private sector experience), a passion for international development, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Dalberg’s success starts with its people. Dalberg Consultants live and work around the world, creating a network of local experience anchored by our offices in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. Dalberg combines ground-level insight with experience from top-tier professional services firms and leading academic institutions to create actionable solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

If you are a full-time graduate student getting an MBA, MPA and/or MPP who wants to make a difference in international development, we encourage you to apply for the Summer Consultant position.

What You Will Do and How You Will Grow

Summer Consultants drive the creation of innovative and results-oriented solutions for Dalberg’s clients – helping us change the development landscape around the world. Summer Consultants take ownership of key aspects of the client’s challenges, initiate critical and creative thinking on these strategic issues, lead research and complicated analyses and contribute to developing our relationships with clients.  In addition to providing training, partner-level advising, and mentoring, we empower Summer Consultants to learn by doing, engaging them as full members of project teams from day one.  

Our recent Summer Consultants have explored impact investing opportunities in South Asia, designed innovative financing mechanisms for small holder farmers, created strategies for more environmentally friendly cities in Latin America and engaged major corporations on regional development issues.

Our clients come to us with some of the most difficult global problems, seeking solutions where the obvious has failed. We supply new ideas, drawing from a deep base of knowledge that cuts across sectors and geographies and is growing every day. Innovation and entrepreneurship are not only valued at Dalberg; they are essential to our firm’s success. 

Summer Consultants also have the opportunity to be immersed in all components of working at Dalberg, including firm-building activities. They are empowered to help start new initiatives that will shape Dalberg for years to come.

Join Our Team!

The Summer Consultant role is a 10-12 week program.  As a Summer Consultant you will have the opportunity to better understand what it would be like to work at Dalberg fulltime.

Your application should include your resume, a cover letter and a 500-word short essay. In your cover letter, list your top 3 location preferences. Employment is conditional on the candidate having or obtaining the requisite authorization to live and work in the country of employment.

In your short essay, please respond (limited to less than 500 words) to ONE of the following questions:

1.) What is one business solution to poverty that you think could help improve development outcomes?

2.) How can an effective, innovative solution from a developing country context be scaled to additional regions/countries to improve standards of living?

Selected candidates will be invited to interview via phone in the first round. Interviews will test consulting skills through case interviews that are tailored to the type of work we do, as well as discuss the candidate’s interests and experience. 

As the interviews progress to second and final rounds, candidates may be asked to interview in-person at a Dalberg office. 

For more information, please visit our careers webpage at:

Application Process

During any single recruitment period, please only apply to one position at Dalberg. This position should be the role best suited to your current professional experience and to your first preference location. If there are multiple locations recruiting for the same position, you will have the opportunity to rank your next 2 location preferences within your application.

Dalberg is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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