The Application Process
If you are an undergraduate student at USC, we strongly urge you to apply to work as a LACI consultant. Click here to download the application. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday, January 23rd.
Every applicant is given a first-round interview. Following the first round, we will evaluate the written applications and interviews to determine who moves to the second round of interviews. The second round is a group case interview, in which teams of four will be given 55 minutes to analyze and present a case to a panel.
Note to freshmen and non-business majors: No consulting experience or extensive business knowledge is required to apply to LACI. First and foremost, LACI is meant to allow students to help the LA community while developing the skills to become a successful consultant. The two interview rounds are meant to help determine if you are a good fit for LACI as well as to determine if LACI is a good fit for you.
For Spring 2013, LACI will be holding 2 Informational Sessions at the following times. This is your chance to ask questions and meet some of the LACI team!
Spring 2013 LACI Info Sessions:
Friday, Jan 18, 1:00 PM, ACC 201
Tuesday, Jan 22, 6:30 PM, ACC 205
If you can’t make it to an info session, or have other questions, feel free to email us email@example.com.
What We Offer
As a LACI member you will be able to integrate theoretical classroom knowledge to your project as well as learn new skills from both working with your team and doing individual research for your final deliverable, be it a business plan, a marketing plan or a strategic plan. By joining a project team you will have the chance to improve your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills while gaining professional experience by closely working with a client with real world challenges. Additionally you will have the opportunity to interact with your professor mentor, a professor from the Marshall School who will provide his or her insight to help solve the problems you and your team encounter.
A Typical Semester
- Education Workshop Series for New Members
- Weekly Team and Client Meetings
- 3 Project Progress Presentations to LACI Board
- Creation of Final Deliverable
- End of Semester Project Showcase
- Professional Events and Networking Opportunities
What We Expect
To be a valuable and effective team member, LACI applicants have:
- A genuine desire to help the Los Angeles community
- A high level of performance that drives students to always do more than expected
- The ability to work in teams, believing that an effective team is always better than an individual effort
- An aptitude to always find and improve weaknesses in a system
- Leadership and management skills that will add value to the team, as well as LACI’s future as a student organization
- Problem-solving skills that will address the key challenges of our clients in creative and practical ways
- A commitment of approximately 5 hours per week to meeting and working with your team and attending LACI meetings and events