The Student Consulting Initiative @ The Munk School is a student group whose mission is to connect Munk students, whether they be students in the MPP, MGA or otherwise with consulting firms through case competitions, workshops and networking events. We exist to support two distinct goals: (1) To highlight the strengths of our students, and (2) to exist as an effective training mechanism to ensure students succeed through the consulting interview processes. 

We are excited for our second official year with the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. As students begin to return to campus and the school year starts we encourage you to check back to this page for frequent updates on our upcoming events and projects. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Matthew Kupferschmidt at matthew.kupferschmidt@mail.utoronto.ca. 


APRIL 2019 UPDATE


The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Consulting Careers Initiative (CCI) is the newest student initiative and the first initiative which branches across both the MGA and the MPP program. CCI was established with the purpose of connecting interested MPP and MGA students with networking opportunities and relevant skill development workshops to succeed in the world of private sector consulting. Formed under the leadership of MPP students Ryan MacDonald, Megan Skinner, Adrianna Eby and Majenta Braumberger, the hope is to develop a comprehensive series of events including workshops, networking events and case competitions for both MPP and MGA students at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.

In its first official year the club worked with KPMG to host the SHIFT case competition (above video) combining the expertise of 3 programs (MGA, MBA, and MPP) to navigate a complex global issue and present feasible solutions to senior managers at both KPMG and in government.

The club held workshops preparing students for case interviews providing insight into the case interview process as well as opportunities to practice in a structured interview environment.

 In addition, CCI facilitated thoughtful engagements hosting speakers such as Genevieve Bonin from McKinsey & Company as well as Shannon Lundquist from Deloitte. The topics ranged from the future of healthcare to diversity and inclusion.

This year built on last years success and hosted a speed networking event with 60 consultants and 30 firms in attendance. Each student was able to meet with 8 different representatives one-on-one over the lunch-time event to develop connections, learn about the work different firms do and identify entry points into the industry. 30 students were able to participate in the event with many on the waiting list, demonstrating considerable interest from MPP students and firms alike.

Firms in attendance included: Capital Hill Group, Counsel Public Affairs, Crestview Strategy Deloitte, Edelman, EY, Fleishman Hillard Highroad, Hill + Knowlton Strategies, KPMG, MacPhie, McKinsey & Company, Navigator Ltd., NATIONAL Public Relations, and Strategy Corp.

The club has also had KPMG partner and public sector lead Josh Hjartarson deliver a special workshop on “achieving policy change from outside government” to a room full of interested students. Dr. Hjartarson, a seasoned public policy professional has had a vast career including roles as Policy Director at the Mowat Centre, Vice-President at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and founder of the Commissioning Academy, an executive education program for public sector executives and previously as an adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s former School of Public Policy & Governance. Students had the opportunity to both engage with reflective activities and ask questions about working outside government and about working in consulting.

Coming up in the fall, the student initiative continues its partnership with the KPMG Public Sector team to host a case competition alongside the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. The competition will aim to give the multidisciplinary teams of students a case that simulates solving real problems that governments face. Members of the KPMG public sector advisory services team will be available as coaches to all teams, providing a compelling mentorship opportunity. The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the Rotman School of Management look forward to this partnership and competition in September 2018.

In the future, the initiative will look to pursue further partnership opportunities with firms for case competitions, networking events as well as consulting workshop and special lectures. In the long-term, the hope is that the initiative will showcase consulting as a field that MPP students should consider for their career and highlight the quality of education the program provides for firms. The initiative aims to continue a long tradition of MPP student led co-curricular activities providing critically important programming at the School.

If you are interested in the work that the MPP Consulting Student Initiative does or want to get involved as a partner firm or student volunteer, please email matthew.kupferschmidt@mail.utoronto.ca.

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