The Pepperdine Management Consulting Club seeks to bring together consulting industry alumni and graduate students to educate, prepare, and place the next generation of consulting professionals.
Founded in January 2008, the club boasts more than 100 active student members from the School of Law, Graziadio School of Business and Management, and the School of Public Policy, making it one of the largest graduate student organizations at Pepperdine.
"Our intent is to educate all students in the various faculties of consulting and ensure they perform consistently as professionals once they graduate," says Nitin Bajaj, MBA '08, the club's spokesperson. "We want to be a platform where we can connect like-minded people and explore internship or full-time employment opportunities."
Over the spring term students organized executive panel discussions that attract to Pepperdine top representatives from Ernst & Young, Deloitte Consulting, Mercer, PA Consulting and IBM Corporation Global Business Services.
"During the summer we are working to implement the club's first internship opportunity with Ernst & Young," says Bajaj. "We are planning a joint project with UCLA extension and hosting weekly resume and 'think like a consultant' workshops."
Bajaj says the group's ambitions extend beyond the engagement activities most student organizations offer. Pepperdine Management Consulting Club wants consulting industry alumni volunteers to spend at least one hour a week working directly with a student member, either in person or via email or phone. Its vision is to enlist Pepperdine graduates in a Student Mentoring Program through which career professionals will actively impart their real world experience, offer realistic assessments of individual strengths and weaknesses, and introduce the student to networking opportunities.
The club is aggressively recruiting from the Pepperdine alumni network, hoping the program will begin matching its first group of student candidates to mentors during the 2008-2009 academic year.
If mentoring is not an alumnus or alumnae's preference, there are other valuable ways Pepperdine consulting professionals can help the club keep its vast membership engaged. The group welcomes guest speakers for on-campus discussion forums and professionals willing to offer 30 minutes a week conducting mock case interviews and offering feedback.
"We are interested in an alumnus willing to serve as Club Visionary, an industry advisor that could guide the club to achieve and expand its vision," says Bajaj.
For more information on the Pepperdine Management Consulting Club, contact Nitin Bajaj directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.