Professional Exchange Visit Series: Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA
EACE Blog contribution by Erica Ely, Program Director (Internships), University of Maryland University Career Center & The President’s Promise
Booz Allen Hamilton is a strategy and technology consulting firm that serves civilian government agencies, as well as commercial, defense and intelligence, international and non-profit organizations. On Tuesday, July 22, EACE members traveled to the Washington, DC metro area to learn more about Booz Allen Hamilton’s internship and full-time opportunities for our students.
Booz Allen Hamilton prides itself on “hiring every single major from A-Z – from accounting to zoology.” When overall sourcing candidates, the firm doesn’t look for specific majors; instead, they seek students that are trainable, analytical, flexible, smart, energetic and effective problem solvers.
Every year, Booz Allen hires approximately 250 interns and will post general internship postings as business, liberal arts and engineering. From there, University Relations will start to match students based on their interests and skills with the most appropriate unit and project(s). Though many students transition from intern into an entry-level role, Booz Allen Hamilton hires students outside of their intern pool for full-time consulting positions. See the perspective of a recent graduate in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uvNbdKFoyo&list=PL2920D019EA37BD27&index=3
Did you know that Booz Allen Hamilton provides ongoing, quarterly webinars for Career Services professionals? The next webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 6 at 3pm EDT by Camille Franklin, Talent Development Leader at Booz Allen Hamilton. She will discuss Booz Allen’s onboarding process and culture, as well as offer her advice to career services teams on how to best help students avoid the major stumbling blocks when transitioning from college to career. To register for this webinar, click here. To see other upcoming webinars for students and career services, visit their recruiting event page.
Booz Allen Hamilton also has a LinkedIn group for interested students and career services to fully engage with Booz Allen. Join by searching Booz Allen Hamilton Student Hub on LinkedIn.
The morning ended with a University new hire panel of four recent college graduates now working for Booz Allen: two students from Penn State University, one from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and one student from Duke University. Three out of the four students previously interned with the company. One panelist spoke very highly of the Cyber Cohort Internship Program for students interested in cyber security (last year’s flyer here). All four panelists mirrored the key competencies that Booz Allen seeks: problem solving, analytical thinking, strong communication, and demonstrating an entrepreneurial mindset.
Throughout the morning, it was evident that Booz Allen Hamilton employees have a lot of pride in their organization and as they celebrate their 100th anniversary this year, they want to continue to hire from a diverse pool for colleges and universities throughout the country. I encourage you to actively connect with them through the webinars, LinkedIn group and other recruiting events listed on their website.