About Darden Impact Internships
Darden Impact Internships are full-time, paid opportunities with Darden’s award-winning faculty and executive staff leadership. This curated collection of projects offers applicants the chance to gain valuable experience applicable to any next step in their career journeys.
Projects will be available along two treks. For students on the Enterprise Consulting Trek, the Impact Internships will include a one-week faculty-led orientation program in early June, which will provide students quantitative and qualitative skills via short, online courses in data analytics, project management, leadership and more. Enterprise Consulting Executive Mentors will work closely with students in this trek.
For students on the Faculty Case Writing and Research Trek, the Impact Internships will include case writing workshops and working closely with Darden faculty.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email the Career Center at [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
I do not currently have an internship, which project makes the most sense for me?
We strongly advise students without an internship to pursue Enterprise Consulting Projects. These projects will more closely resemble internship programs in major consulting firms and other private enterprises.
If I have an outside internship, can I participate in these opportunities?
Yes. We especially encourage those with truncated external internships to consider projects. Students should be sensitive to their available time this summer, however. Participating students are expected to deliver on project outcomes as one would expect in an external internship.
Can I participate in more than one project?
Yes. Students should be sensitive to their available time this summer. Participating students are expected to deliver on project outcomes as one would expect in an external internship. Students will be eligible to participate on only one Enterprise Consulting Project.
Are graduating Second Years eligible?
Yes. Graduating Second Years are allowed to serve as graduate assistants and be paid through the summer. University rules prevent graduating students from being paid after September 1st.
Can I participate in the programming provided to students in the Enterprise Consulting Projects, if I am not on a project?
We will make every effort to make this programming available to all students when feasible and appropriate. Faculty advising and alumni mentorship will be limited to those formally participating in the program.
Students in this program will conduct strategic consulting projects of importance to the Darden Enterprise. Enterprise leaders will serve as clients for these projects. Student teams will be guided by faculty advisers and mentored by prominent Darden alumni executives. The program begins 1 June and features a week of programming to prepare students for their internship and projects. When possible, programming will be made available online to all interested students, regardless of whether they are in the program.
The projects will last up to 8 weeks concluding by 31 July at the latest. Interns will have the opportunity to work in teams and will be expected to share a final deliverable at the end of their internship. Please see below for a draft calendar.
Interested students should apply via Darden Career Link by 29 May at 3 p.m. EST. Applicants should submit their resume and a ranked preference list of posted consulting projects. Preference will be given to those First Year students currently without an internship. Student interns will be paid $15.50 per hour.
Enterprise Consulting Mentors
Former CEO and Chairman, Northrup Grumman
Former CEO and Chairman, Celgene
Former CFO, MasterCard
Former CEO, Save the Children
Former CEO, Norfolk Southern and Amtrak
Senior Partner, McKinsey
Former CEO and Chairman, Prudential
Dean, Darden School
Executive Director, Get IN Chicago, and Former Senior Advisor to the Governor of Illinois
Enterprise Consulting Orientation Calendar (Tentative)
Please note that all times indicate EST.
|Monday, 1 June||Tuesday, 2 June||Wednesday, 3 June||Thursday, 4 June||Friday, 5 June|
|8:30 – 10:15 a.m.||Coursera Enrichment Courses (at students’ leisure)|
|10:15 – 10:30 a.m.||Virtual First Coffee (optional)|
|10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.||Welcome||Project Scoping Prof Liedtka||Intro to Project Management Prof Grushka-Cockayne||Communicating Deliverables||Intro to Visualization and Tableau Part 2 Prof Grushka-Cockayne|
|12 – 1 p.m.||Lunch Break (on students' own)|
|1 – 2:30 p.m.||Conducting Research Prof Lenox||Design Tools for Research Prof Liedtka||Working in Teams||Intro to Visualization and Tableau Part 1 Prof Grushka- Cockayne||Project Kickoff|
|2:30 – 3 p.m.||Break|
|3 – 4:30 p.m.||Meet Your Clients||Workshop: Plan your project Professor Yael Grushka- Cockayne||Meet Your Mentors|
Faculty Case Writing and Research
Students in this program will work with individual faculty members over the summer on projects such as case writing and data collection for research. Interested students should review the posted list of projects and submit their resume in Darden Career Link along with a ranked preference list of projects by 20 May at 5 p.m.
We will work to match faculty and students on desired projects. Student assistants will be paid $15.50 per hour. Time and hours to be negotiated with the sponsoring faculty member.