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Become a Consultant

Smith Business Consulting (SBC) offers students a unique opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge related not only to the field of consulting, but any professional service, such as accounting, finance, marketing, real estate, and law.

By joining SBC you will also be joining a great network of SBC alumni, working globally for some of the best-known professional service organizations and consulting brands.

Opportunities & Rewards

Make a Difference

Make a positive impact for a business, its owners, and the community.

Real-world Experience

Gain experience in a professional firm environment — very different from a club or a course project.

Level Up

Boost your marketability for potential employers based on measured and managed professional standards.

Work Opportunities

Obtain Summer Program employment — open only to past SBC consultants.

Be a Leader

Become a SBC student manager — open only to past SBC consultants.

Office Access

Access our dedicated office in Goodes Hall.

Career Benefits

Our consultants have been hired by McKinsey & Company, RBC, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, BCG, Deloitte, and PwC.

The Program

The course operates in a fashion mirroring the management, standards and processes of a professional services firm. SBC helps our clients address business challenges in a number of different ways, such as developing and improving strategic plans, developing marketing strategies, implementing market research, and evaluating financial feasibility.

There are no formal classes, but regular meetings are held in place of class time to discuss client progress, methodological challenges, and to review and rehearse client presentations and decisions regarding key client deliverables.

Once selected for the course, students sign a contract outlining duties as well as personal learning and experiential objectives. Consultants are evaluated by their clients and the director.

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Application Process

Entrance and registration for SBC (Comm 504) is by application only. Applications start approximately 1 month prior to the next school term oe summer. The application process is announced on the Commerce Portal, SBC Facebook page, and Twitter. Applications require a letter of interest, CV, and a copy of your current transcript.

Depending on the number of applications, we aim to interview all candidates. The interviews are group-based and focus on testing analytical skills as well as behavioural fit. There is also a real-time written communications task.

Please note: You DO NOT have to be registered on SOLUS to apply. We do recommend selecting a complete course load in case you are not selected for the program.

What We Expect

SBC, otherwise known as Comm 504, is an independent study course. Both project and client based, the course is very rewarding, but demanding. Students will apply and improve skills related to the delivery and management of professional services through the integration of subject matter from previous courses.

Desired consulting attributes include technical skills such as analytical, writing, and presentation skills, as well as administration and project management effectiveness. Soft skills evaluated include engagement and contribution to the firm, leadership, team effectiveness/collaboration, professionalism, and client relationship management. Considerable emphasis is placed on the success of the client engagement, as judged by both clients and the director.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please feel free to get in touch.

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