Become a Consultant

Queen’s Business Consulting (QBC) is a unique opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge related to the field of consulting - or for that matter any professional service such as accounting, finance, marketing, real estate, and law.

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

Opportunities and Rewards

As a QBC Consultant you have the rare opportunity to:

  • Make a positive impact for a business, its owners and the community
  • Gain experience in a professional firm environment - very different from a club or a course project
  • Boost your marketability for potential employers based on measured and managed professional standards
  • Obtain Summer Program employment - open only to past QBC consultants
  • Become a QBC Student Manager - open only to past QBC consultants
  • Access our dedicated QBC office in Goodes Hall
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2012 Team

The Program

The course operates in a fashion mirroring the management, standards and processes of a professional services firm. QBC 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 (see application process) 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.

Application Process

Entrance and registration for QBC (Comm 504) is by application only. Applications start approximately 1 month prior to the next school term and the summer program. The application process is announced on the Commerce Portal and the QBC Facebook page and by twitter (@robonQSB). 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

QBC, otherwise known as Comm 504 is an independent study and is both project and client based, it is very rewarding, but demanding. Students will apply and improve skills related to delivery and management of professional services, through the integration of virtually all 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 our clients as well as the assessment of the Director.

Questions? Feel free to contact the Director at rwoyzbun@business.queensu.ca.

Career Benefits

Our Consultants have been hired by McKinsey & Company, RBC, KPMG and Procter & Gamble.

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