ASSOCIATE CONSULTING PROGRAM

TRAINING • MENTORSHIP • OPPORTUNITY

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WILL I BE PAID?

Yes, you will! While we are all capped on the amount of hours we can charge due to budget constraints, we are working on internal initiatives to expand our budget. As of now, ACs are capped at charging 3 hours per week at minimum wage.

 

WHAT DOES THE TYPICAL WEEK LOOK LIKE?

A typical week for an AC consists of attending a team meeting, executing client deliverables during your own time, attending an internal committee meeting to help drive internal SOURCE initiatives, and engaging in 1-2 other SOURCE events (e.g. IdeaJams, AC workshops, SOURCE-wide meetings, SOURCE socials, etc.).

 

WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT TITLES GIVEN TO SOURCE MEMBERS MEAN?

The titles given to SOURCE members describe different positions/levels of experience within the organization. AC's (Associate Consultants) are first year consultants, Consultants have more than a year of experience, Lead Consultants manage teams of 3-5 Consultants/AC's, Internal Leads manage consultants, AC's, and leads on internal initiatives, and Managers oversee overall operations in SOURCE.

 

WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?

The dress code of internal SOURCE meetings are usually casual. In client or externally-facing settings, consultants are expected to wear business casual. Internal interviews are typically business formal.

 

I HAVE A PACKED SCHEDULE ALREADY.
HOW WILL SOURCE ACCOMMODATE FOR THAT?

We understand and try our best to accommodate the challenges of being a student, athlete and/or member of other clubs/organizations on campus. Client and team meetings can be arranged with your team members to fit your schedule, but we expect your attendance at our SOURCE-wide meetings and workshops (unless reason for absence is provided over 48 hours in advance).

 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As an Associate Consultant (AC), you will be partnering with a nonprofit client in the local community with a team of 3-4 other SOURCE Consultants. You will contribute to identifying the client's key challenges, project scoping, brainstorming solutions, and executing deliverables. In addition to building these client-facing skills, you will have access to various workshops and mentorship programs targeted at developing professional skills (e.g. client communication, analytical thinking, tactical skills such as Excel and PowerPoint). To complement these opportunities, you will also serve on internal committees to contribute to initiatives that both strengthen SOURCE and offer you the chance to implement new skills outside the client relationship. 

 

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT TO BEING A SOURCE CONSULTANT?

Given the ebb and flow nature of consulting work, you can expect to contribute 4-8 hours per week to SOURCE, including team and client meetings. The SOURCE experience is really what you make it; there are always opportunities to spend more time developing or executing a project you're passionate about, but you can also do less during a busy week.

 

NEED MORE INFORMATION? HAVE QUESTIONS?

Please reach out us at Source@cmc.edu with any questions you still have.