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    I'm currently in 1st year studying Management, aspiring to a career in Management Consultancy.

    I know that the official internships usually happen in the summer after your penultimate year (3rd for me in Scotland) but I was thinking that it would perhaps give me an advantage if I found some work for a few weeks or so in summer at a local/small city firm.

    I read in another thread that speculating has little chance of working and you need contacts. I do have a few contacts available but mostly not local, which I really can't do this Summer as I need to use it to save money. Bringing me to another point; are they paid? If not then it would still be possible to do a few weeks unpaid local and then just get a regular PT job for the remainder of the holiday.

    Finally, what should I circulate to these small firms? A CV with a letter attached? What info would I provide on the letter?/what would I ask for? A few weeks/month shadowing someone? (As a 1st year I surely don't know enough to actually do anything yet.

    Many thanks,

    Internships are not so crucial to landing a consulting job as they are for, say, IB. Moreover, small firms are unlikely to take on interns - and certainly not for "shadowing" - "unpaid" or no, it is a massive expense to take on an intern. In the summer of your 1st year, I would suggest you have some fun - but if you really want to do something "useful", get a sensible job or target an internship in industry. Searching for an opportunity in consulting is likely to be a waste of time.
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