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October 18, 2018

Student Spotlight: McKinsey Offers Real Client Experience

For second-year MBA student Luisa Felix Souza, the most important part of her Tepper School of Business education has been the community of her classmates. “I have no regrets about coming to Tepper. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made,” she said. “My classmates inspire me to keep going.”

She found these relationships to be incredibly valuable during her internship this summer at McKinsey & Company in Brazil. “All the work that we did together on our cases was like a simulation of what consulting is like,” she said. “Understanding different perspectives in a case study was really helpful for me to be prepared for an internship.”

Before coming to the Tepper School, Souza was a project manager in IT consulting with Pelissari Gestão e Tecnologia in Brazil. She was speaking with a friend she had made several years prior during a leadership rotational program she participated in with AB InBev about the GMAT and business school. Her friend knew an MBA student at the Tepper School — Roberta Bins Ely (MBA 2017) — and encouraged Souza to visit 

During Souza’s visit to Pittsburgh and the Tepper School, she attended the Tepper Women in Business conference. “I had a really great time, so I decided to apply, and fortunately I got in,” she said. “It’s quite interesting to think about now and see how things worked out.”

Building relationships remained a key component for Souza during the recruiting process and on the job at her internship, particularly through the Consulting Club. “In consulting, we never know what we’re going to be doing specifically, but the Consulting Club really helped me to be confident that I was able to do the job,” she said.

As a summer associate at McKinsey, Souza worked with a client company to deploy a new model for their sales force. “As an intern, we actually do the same type of job as a general associate consultant,” she said. “There wasn’t any difference between me and any other consultant on the team, and the client respected me. That made me feel really good.”

As she wraps up her Tepper School studies this year, Souza will spend some of her second year taking financial courses to help round out her business acumen. But she is particularly enjoying her opportunities outside the classroom. “I want to enjoy everything that Tepper can provide to us, especially in the new building on the Tepper Quad. I’m very excited to be there,” she said. She has taken on leadership roles in several organizations, including the Consulting Club and Robber Barons.

Souza wants to devote a lot of time to supporting the first-year students in the next MBA class. “I’m very excited about giving back all the support and help that I received from the second-years before me. That’s my number one goal,” she said.